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How Do I Define Serenity?

Whoops! Well, obviously nobody’s perfect. I sent this to my newsletter subscribers a few weeks ago but apparently neglected to add it to this site.

I spent extensive time thinking about what Serenity means and how I define it. So here it is: the intersection of happiness, calm and purposeful productivity.

Serenity: Happiness, Calm + Purposeful Productivity

For me, this definition provides a useful structure and clarity in the topics I explore. And it helps me acknowledge that if Serenity is a 3-legged stool (so to speak), then each part of this trio is important. If any one aspect is lacking, things will get wobbly.

How about you? How do you think of Serenity? If the above definition sits well with  you, is there one part you struggle with more than the others?

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5 Comment

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    Julie Valerie
    June 16, 2018 at 7:21 pm

    For me, I think Serenity also implies balance. A steadiness that comes from managing the trials and tribulations of a busy life. 🙂

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      June 17, 2018 at 11:30 am

      I’ve heard people debate whether we should call it “balance” or “blend” or something else. In any case, many days I feel more like a Weeble than a ballerina!

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    April J Harris
    June 18, 2018 at 5:26 pm

    I really like your definition of serenity, Pauline! I haven’t thought much about what my definition might be…I’m going to consider it more over the next few days!

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    Jean | DelightfulRepast.com
    June 19, 2018 at 5:40 am

    Pauline, I hadn’t thought about it, but your “purposeful productivity” would certainly be a part of my most serene days, which I think of as days when I’ve attended to the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. While we don’t need to be perfect in any of those areas in order to be happy, I think we need to have some “purposeful productivity” in each in order to have the balance Julie referred to.

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      June 19, 2018 at 6:37 am

      Jean, “purposeful productivity” has been very much on my mind, too…

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