I have been traveling recently and my first stop was at a friend’s house that was open bright, clean, and neat. This friend lives her life. She is always on the go, but works a really hard laborious job that is flexible with time so that she can travel, relax and explore. Her future is not secure, but when I asked her how she does it. How does she stay so positive? She said with conviction, “I refuse to live in fear! Right now I have everything that I need! So I am going to enjoy what I have while I have it, and if something happens I will deal with it then.” I felt so good staying there and being with her that I did not want to leave, but right before I left, her sister in law stopped by. I told her sister in law how nice it was to see her and asked how she was doing. Her reply was a series of complaints… Wow I could not wait to run out the door then.
My next stop was at a friend’s house that also has a beautiful home. This friend however is sick and has been for as long as I have known them. Nothing serious, mind you but sinus infections, aches and pains, that kind of thing. The house was cluttered and the blinds were always drawn. This friend was constantly saying negative things, but weirdly seemed happy in his own negative little world. That was who he was and it was fine with him. He did not want to change, but it made me acutely aware of how I did not want to live, and of how quickly I wanted to leave that environment.
For me, I know this stuff, but it hit me hard. Maybe I was never present enough to actually feel it and really see it, or maybe I just never experienced the two extremes so clearly defined like that, but it really struck a cord with how I want to be… and it reminded me that happiness is already within us! We just sometimes need to shift our perceptions and remember how lucky we are, to focus on actually living life, and to be happy with what we have already!
Today is a beautiful day! I have a roof over my head, food in the pantry, and I am alive! I hope I always see the beauty, and I hope you do too!
Just a thought!
Searching for a Perfect Life in a Perfect World…
“When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security. –Such has been the patient sufferance of these colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of government….”
What a great idea 😉
Searching for a perfect life in a perfect world…
This morning I woke up to the sound of rain. A perfect gentle summer rain and it sounded sweeter than normal, because the flowers and vegetables in my garden were desperately in need of a drink. By the time I got out of bed and headed downstairs the sun was trying to shine through, and by the time my coffee was made and my cup was poured, the sun was shining brightly. As I gazed out the window, cup in hand, the trees and flowers seemed so fresh and new, and for the first time it really felt like it was truly the beginning of a brand new day! It was as if God made it just for me… it was exactly what I needed, rain and the sun, to grow and inspire my garden and myself.
Hope you have a beautiful day!
Searching for the perfect life in a perfect world…