Serendipity

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We often find the best of things, unintentionally. Based on chance or pure luck (if one believes in such), we are truly blessed when we become the benefactor of circumstance. The gratification of our deeds feels special when good fortune happens upon us, unexpectedly.

Circumstances may seem preconceived, but they just happen as we go. In every experience, examine the details and the purpose. Self-reflection will highlight the true reward.

Give opportunity a chance to find you. Allow it in. Bask in fortuity when you realize that you sought purpose, but your search revealed something better, instead.

Not everything in life requires a plan. It’s the deviation from a plan that creates discovery.

Woven

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Whether they be from loved ones, places, or moments, memories are woven into our spirituality. We have the uncanny ability to self-absorb what we hold important and that in which we feel truly bound to by our nature.

We grieve when some or all of it is taken away from us. It is often painful. Sometimes the fabric is so interwoven within us, that the pain from its absence never fully subsides. Certain people, places, or moments are so intricately woven within our personal tapestry, that the loss of them cannot be mended by patch or replacement. Contrary to the popular saying, time does not heal all wounds. Time only helps dull some of the sharp edges.

Unfortunately, grief and loss are inevitable in life. They affect us in different ways. The intensity is dependent on the individual and circumstance. Some coping strategies include reaching out to others who have also experienced similar loss, exploring creative aspirations, and doing something that honors that which is lost.

Convalescence and coping with loss is a unique experience for everyone.
If you find yourself in a position to comfort, please remember patience, love, and understanding are more helpful than just saying, “I’m sorry.”

What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us. -Helen Keller

Awaken

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The high peaks of surrounding ranges tantalize. They have long been subdued by snow and ice. Their dormancy from a long and cold hibernation is finally beginning to transition. They tear at the hearts of those who have long dreamed of summit and quest.

Bound by the usual constraints of wintertide, the lower slopes of nearby ridges gradually emerge. A rebirth of the landscape is delicate, intricate, and purposeful. A display of long predictable change is ever awe-inspiring. It is nothing short of magnificent.

Emotion is stirred to the extent of being envious of the lone cedar on an otherwise barren slope side. If afforded the opportunity, one would surely supplant positions.

Wherein the valley does a heart lay, that makes one not desire the comfort of masses. For the intended concourse is to be free of a populous. Imagining the independence and the freedom of oneself while traversing to a mountain top, for now, will have to prevail.

Paths

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Getting comfortable with social media has been very difficult for me. I joined the masses less than a year ago, despite every fiber of my being telling me not to do it. I highly value privacy. The main reason I embarked on this travail was to re-establish bonds with lost family members and friends. For solely that purpose, the risk has been rewarding.

Unexpectedly, social media has given me an opportunity to witness an amazing germination. We have all changed. The search for purpose and destination now defines our existence. We have gone in multiple directions to discover relationships, careers, locales, tragedy, contentment, life, and death.

Everyone’s journey has been unique. Circumstances may be parallel, but they are not the same. Our choices may have been comparable, but they are not equal. The force that pushes us forward represents purpose in our lives. Like traveling on an old and dusty mountain road, we have endured straight shots, sharp curves, steep hills, and many bumps. We have been given the opportunity to discover the beauty of a life along the way.

In retrospect, I have learned that one should always be conscious of how their journey intersects and mingles with others. Having an effect on another is a privilege that carries great responsibility. It is almost always reciprocal.

Just because you are on one trajectory does not mean you cannot commit to another. Your conscience will tell you when to make a change. Listen to it. Indulge in perseverance and make decisions based on experiences. Demonstrate patience while contemplating change. Allow time to help you make the right decision.

At the end of your journey, have faith that you will be rewarded for all that you have done. For He, who watches over you, has been there every step of the way.

“Just because my path is different, doesn’t mean I’m lost…”Gerard Abrams

Harmony

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One of the most beautiful places in our natural world is where the mountains and the rivers meet. The geography of mountains funnel rivers and command their course. Yet, the force of water perpetually changes everything it touches. So strong and persistent, a river eventually carves and erodes the constitution of the mountain. Over long periods of time, a river defines its own boundaries and in doing so, forever changes its landscape.

The sound of a river always rings with familiarity. It denotes peace and tranquility. The sonorous melody of moving water is cryptic. It can be deafening, subtle, or even absent. When concealed in heavily timbered areas, a river’s notes often carry through a dense canopy. Following the sound can reveal the moving water’s presence, to those who are in search.

One can become mesmerized by sunlight flittering as it reflects from a river. The shimmer is like sprinkles of glitter floating precariously on the rapid flows. In other areas along the waterway, sunlight reflects in broader swaths. Large patches of illumination dance much to an interested observer’s delight. In contrast, shadows darken a river’s surface. They sway, due to the currents, in rhythmic motion.

If searching for an ideal place to reflect upon your thoughts and contemplate life, you are highly encouraged to go where the mountains and the rivers meet. I speculate you will be enthralled.

I sat there and I forgot and forgot, until what remained was the river that went by and I who watched…Norman Maclean

Flux

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If you want something you have never had, then you should try doing something you have never done. This change in mindset does not come easy to most, due to their fear of the unknown. Yet, hope (as a general compass), should be enough inspiration to drive you toward what you have never done.

Instead of miring in a life of self-doubt, negativity, suffering, and depression, you need to actively and willingly make changes. Living life through the same mundane routines and then becoming upset over the same things is really cheating yourself. Albert Einstein once said, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.”

Your existence on this sublunary blue marble is relatively short. It will never be too late to increase your contentment…until it is. Making changes will probably not be easy. It is far easier to stay distraught, discouraged and/or just give up. As you age, your life grows more complex. Your stubbornness or unwillingness to change grows, too. Push yourself, no matter what stage in life or how difficult the challenges, to make changes that enhance and grow your happiness. The biggest challenges are those that take tremendous work to accomplish. The biggest challenges also offer the greatest rewards.

You are encouraged to look at others for inspiration. If you see someone doing something you have always wanted to do, don’t just admire them. Try doing it yourself.

Start your road to change by doing something that is different or out of the ordinary from your daily, weekly, or monthly routines. Bringing more variety to your life is the first step to enjoying the unknown. Your creativity knows no bounds. You will be amazed at how one small change will have a larger ripple-effect. Doing what you love will not only change your world, but also the world inhabited by others.

Be introspective. What is it that turns you on inside? Hone in on that feeling and your willingness to pursue it will grow. Doing something you have never done, but have always wanted to, will bring unlimited benefits. You will laugh more. You will smile more. Your happiness will become infectious. You will become the person everyone else wants to be. As a consequence of the changes you are willing to make, others will be inspired to start their own journey.

Heed this warning: the timing will never be right if you continue to put off making changes. Let today be the first day you start making changes that lead you on the path to accomplishing what you want to achieve. Stop making excuses and start following through with your instincts, desires, inspiration, and creativity. Rely on your resolve to overcome the obstacles that will, undoubtedly, get in your way. You can find joy in your life and fulfillment if you are willing to make the changes necessary. Keep moving forward.

The dreams you have now will only remain as such, unless you are willing to make them a reality by implementing the changes necessary in your pursuit of happiness. Start your journey toward a life of ultimate contentment, now.

Enantiodromia

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Natalie Angier wrote, “The beauty of the natural world lies in the details.” I read this quote some time back and it has been resonating with me, since. The beauty of such things in our natural world often go unnoticed. Who notices the beauty of a single snowflake as they are flinging over a billion of them in one scoop while clearing the driveway? Yet, taking the time to examine an individual snowflake (microscopically) reveals a truly magnificent crystallized form.

In contrast, due to the complexities of life, we lean more toward not being able to see the forest for the trees. We often spend too much time focusing on the small details (trees) that we miss the big picture (forest). In neoteric civilization, this makes sense. By scrutinizing individual characteristics, we judge all aspects as a collective whole. Putting too much emphasis on a single mistake may damper an otherwise positive experience.

So, one has to ask. Is it the forest or the trees? The analytical side of me always wants to challenge opposing viewpoints. I like to have some element of proof, especially as it pertains to philosophy, before giving an endorsement.

My conclusion, especially as it applies to the natural world, does not take long. By looking at the nearby forest through a large glass window, I see true beauty. It is glorious and undeniable. Yet, internally, I know with great certainty where the true beauty lies. I would much rather be in the forest and amongst the trees, rather than looking at them from afar.

Natalie Angier was correct. Our ability to discern and examine small details gives us rationality and hope. When one considers all things, it is the small details that make all of the difference.