We travel over many hills and valleys. When we finally get to the top of a mountain, we take a break and rest. While resting, we discover that most of the things that we were searching for can readily be found within ourselves. Our sense of purpose lies within our own minds. No one gives that to us. We find it within ourselves. Peace comes from within, first learning to forgive our own imperfections and failures, and then learning to accept the imperfections and failures of others. This takes time and hard work.
Contentment, happiness, and joy come from focusing on what we have now and to be grateful for what is ours in the present. We have to learn to let go of that which we do not have. This is one of the hardest tasks we will ever accomplish. It means doing away with anger, bitterness, and greed and to stop fighting the inevitable. It means to stop trying to fix what is not ours to fix.
We find that it is in giving of ourselves and our time, that we become love and we are loved. It is God in us that enables us to love. The more we give, the more love flows from God through us and into the hearts of others. We have to be able to love ourselves in order to love as God loves, without limit.