My study of Japanese Ninjutsu aside, it seems that my Myers Briggs “type” personality aligns with the historically sneaky warriors of old.
I believe in this sentiment almost more than any other. I believe that life is beautiful, and also that it is a (rather precious) gift. So too are those we love most – we have all known the pain of loss.
I’ve had my fair share of bad moods, but I’ve always tried to remember this principle, especially with those closest to me, and especially when things aren’t going right. When I was young, my parents used to say it was important to adopt this attitude, and to do my best to move past an ill temperament, because you really never know… So when someone in my family was traveling, or moving, or heading off to school…it was important to part on a happy and loving note. Always.
Because life can also be a challenge (understatement), it’s easy to forget how fleeting our time is. I saw this wonderful post on Instagram this week and it reminded me of the above idea…as well as the importance of fixating more on our blessings (because, again, there are many), and we never know when fate will come to greet us, or those we love.
I can only hope to live until an old and grey age…and to maintain a happy, thankful attitude along the way. I know that struggles will come, but I want to be the way the lovely Lydia is (at 112)!!! That’s my honest goal – a peaceful, happy, grateful life, filled with the people I love most (who know I love them most)… Here we are at the end of the first month of the year, no better time to revisit my goals and dreams!
The temporal confines of the human existence are but man-made constructs. . .
Depending on what is happening at any given moment in our lives, a single instant can feel as an eternity – both a gloriously utopian endlessness, or a perpetual hell.
Let not the prospect of enduring some abhorrent permanence frighten you, though… We DO have some choice in the matter. (Certainly the White Rabbit would say we do)!
Regardless of our situation, or the fervid pursuit your deepest fears make upon your wavering mind…we have the choice to still ourselves and focus on the positives in our lives. (And I’m willing to bet there is much to be thankful for). When we take a moment to breathe…to recognize we are still able to breathe…we give our system a chance to value “time.” We can tap into the present and either enjoy the pure bliss of it…or ground ourselves in the midst of fury, allowing our hearts, minds, and bodies to recognize “this too shall pass.”
I personally believe we are where we need to be, that life is ever presenting us with gifts in the form of lessons and experience. And though some moments are tougher than others, we find a way not only to survive…but to be stronger as a result.
Sometimes a moment is but a second in the eyes of – or at the hands of – the great clock. . . Sometimes a moment is so beautiful that we wish to capture and bottle it whole, to cherish for every new day we are given. Others are so dark we try to hold our breath in a prayer that it will vanish as quickly as it came…
In either case, the “deep breath” and a positive thought can help us to attain either… The elongation of the beauty, or a swift, but manageable end to tribulation. All in one split second.
I love resets, and January 1 represents a nice, fresh restart. I don’t actually *believe* in New Year’s “resolutions,” though, because – while typically made in earnest and followed by a full-bore (albeit (also typically) short-lived) burst – they are so often abandoned, left to fade into the rush of life…until maybe a year later. When, of course, the same thing happens again.
What I DO believe in, however, is that we have the opportunity to make life changes at any moment, on ANY day we so choose – you can take January 1 if it’s nice and tidy, or just go for it at any time that best suits you. (We just need to make sure we PICK a time, not procrastinate). The decision is generally a great deal easier than the follow-through…but then everybody knows that! But, if we can find a way to work towards something meaningful and realistic…the rewards are worth the price.
We all have areas in which we’d like to improve – sometimes strictly for our own well-being, and yet in others, for the impact it will have on those around us, and even the world. One of the most important things we can do for ourselves (and others) is to choose to be “happier.” Happier is something we all must define on our own – there’s no one size fits all when it comes to what makes each of us “happy” inside. And, PS, it is an inside job. But I can guarantee you that whatever the goal posts, if you do make it to “happier” (even if in tiny increments), you will see a marked change in the world around you.
Life is precious. We don’t know how much time we have, neither can we be certain of that given to those we love, so happiness matters. We all deserve the blessing of “happiness,” and no matter how different that may look to each of us, it is more than achievable.
Amidst an undoubtedly hefty resolution list, this one is an “overall makeover” that can both help us to reach many of our other goals, as well as be manageable enough that we can have some real success. It also happens to be a relatively realistic goal because we don’t have to be at the pinnacle of perfection…rather we are aiming for more “happy” in our lives, which can come in smaller increments (the “-ier” suggests it is more than our current state not necessarily a massive jump—> those baby steps are worthy)!
Short-term boosts are great, but I’ve seen too many resolutions fail because they are not appropriately backed by an equally ardent “I really want to make a lifestyle change”…which, let’s be honest, is the only way any achieved result will still with us long-term. We need to think about how we can incorporate our goals (and the steps we need to get there) into our daily routine withOUT it feeling like torture (torture = not going to do it. Period).
Any life change – or the endeavor to make a lifestyle change – requires the following:
That’s really it!
Well, then what gets in the way…?!
Okay…so then how do we DEFEAT the roadblocks?
“Happy” is something that we all can make strides towards. We owe it to ourselves to put it on the top of the priority list not only because we deserve to enjoy life, but also because being “happier” contributes to the overall picture. When we FEEL happier, so much more falls into place – we feel motivated, we feel invigorated, our mood and attitude improves…and we find more of that self-confidence that we both deserve and need to be successful in life.
Blessed 2019 to all…
Once upon a time, in the wee stages of life, the darkness felt too vast and terrifying to bear – my heart would shudder at the thought and I needed some external source to light the way.
And yet, as I grew older, I began to realize there was nothing within the inky blackness that had the power to hold sway over me. For indeed there was a light inside of me that shone brighter than the sun and moon…and it is a light that does not extinguish, no matter what night…neither life…has to say.