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!
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