During the last five years of challenging events in my life -- including a very difficult economic and employment climate, I realize that in truth -- I need very little. The things that make me most happy are: feeling good and pain free, enjoying a beautiful day walking with my dog and/or friends and family members, having enough money to pay my bills and not feel that the wolf is at the door -- and being creative, writing both fiction and non-fiction and hopefully, in some way working toward clarity and inspiration and helping to illuminate the challenges of our human condition. That's it. That's all.
So lovely "Madame K"...
For me, in addition to financial security to feel comfortable, to help my family, and to contribute to the causes that are dear to my heart...
My personal peace and happiness is awakened by sensorial experiences gleaned from my beautiful daughter's smile...my mother's loving face... listening to reggae music or the djembe drums of west Africa...a mellifluous voice of a wise teacher...the warm breeze over Montego Bay, the enthusiasm of my trainees as they grasp the meaning of a fabulous approach to treat the emotionally suffering of their clients... mindfully witnessing the courage of the people I counsel, as they navigate the painful journey of transformation... sitting in front of the fire with my dear David, sharing a cup of tea, laughing over silly things, feeling his support, being in his presence... oh yes, and having time...time...time...
Just beautiful Wendy! Yes, it is often the simple, silly and funny things that cross our paths everyday that are just chock full of joy if we would only notice them.
To be happy and to have peace for me means to let go of my vision of the outcome and trust that my Lord Jesus has the outcome handled. I still have to go forward in life, but it is without fear. If I live without fear I am joyful, happy peaceful and a whole lot more fun to be around. After all it is an illusion that we have control of anything in the universe anyway.
Absolutely! We must put our intention out there -- but then we've got to, as a friend of mine reminds me, let the universe figure it out. We can only control our intentions -- but we have to leave room for something better and greater than we can even imagine. We have to trust that a higher power and more powerful creative force within the universe is moving things in a direction that we can't always understand.
Fear is a necessary part of us. Would you walk off a cliff ? As long as fear does not become obsessive.That's why we were given common sense....but I'm glad to hear that you are happy, Whatever floates your boat.....MB.P.
MaryLynn, your commentary is truly wise. Dealing with life as you suggest is paramount. That kind of mindset must become innate within each human being on planet Earth. And, too, accepting our destiny is so, so necessary. it is also more than necessary and essential that each of us reaches for and hopefully attains the so-called higher state of consciousness; it is a gift like no other.... It is there and only there where one accepts the condition which is his/her individual destiny. It is for each of us to realize and accept life as it is handed so differently to each of us.
I agree Emmanuel. We must embrace whatever destiny sets before us. I remember an old Scottish woman saying many years ago: "Relish with content whatever Providence has sent." It's a wonderful ideal to live by, though not always easy to attain. But I do realize more than ever that it is the seemingly simple things -- that bring me the greatest happiness. And cultivating one's inner world makes it possible to appreciate almost anything in the so-called "outer world."