Sometimes, we need to step back and evaluate life from the outside looking in. For the last six months, or so, I have been trying to do just that. Detaching from my life has given me a new perspective that has been liberating for me.
Essentially, life offers two choices – live life our way – or live life the way the world tells us to live. Either way, someone will say we’re doing it wrong. In addition, we’re never going to get out of it alive and no one is immune to hardships and troubles. However, it’s a measure of how much we are willing to endure before throwing in the towel in any given situation.
Something to remember, particularly in times of hardship, is that EVERYTHING is temporary. NOTHING is permanent. Even that most regretted tattoo will fade over time. It may not go away during your lifetime, but believe me, it will go away. The Israelites were in the desert for 40 years, but it WAS temporary. The only thing permanent is where you’ll be spending eternity – but that’s a subject for another day.
Our lives are made up of moments. Obviously, the more connected happy moments we have – the ‘happier’ we are or the opposite is true – the more discontented moments we have – the more ‘unhappy’ we are with our lives. Therefore, our all-time goal is to have more strings of happy moments than moments of discontent. However, what you discover is that even within the happy times, we can have times of discontentment sprinkled in here and there. Again, the opposite is also true.
Please be aware that each moment that occurs, another moment has come to take its place – and the world keeps revolving. The temperature changes, the color on a leaf becomes red, a wrinkle appears or the hair turns grey. Nothing is forever.
We all have become accustomed to living in the world of NOW. I want it and I want it now. We are conditioned to believe that if we have more moments of discontent for too long – then we should throw out the source of discontentment in hopes of finding a better string of moments to make us happier. I know many people who have changed the whole course of their lives in search of a happier string of moments. Some have found those, although, not without some sense of loss and heartache for themselves and those around them. Some have traded in their string of discontent for a different string of discontent. Others – have endured their string of discontented moments and found that …… life is made up of strings of moments. Some are happy moments and some are sad moments, but neither moment is permanent. The key, I think, is to determine whether you can endure the current string you are given until the winds of change happen and your moments become happier. We don’t live in a perpetual world in which we are guaranteed happiness in all that we do. In fact, I think we put too much emphasis on happiness. It’s completely how you view the moments you have. It is all called LIFE. And LIFE is temporary. And sometimes, life isn’t happy. What can you endure for now in lieu of what you will be given to endure in two weeks, two months, two years, or five years? Because – it may take some time, but time will change things.
My whole point is this – many people say, “If you’re unhappy about your situation – leave it and go in search of a better situation.” Sometimes, that is not the best solution to that situation because life is forever changing. Just as you may have had happier moments in time and now it is not happy, does not mean that it can never be happy again. It’s all in what you are willing to endure and push through to get to happier times. So – the question really becomes – what are you willing to do to bring about some happier moments in your current situation? Rather than to leave it or throw it out – how can you work to bring about a happier change from one moment to the next – because EVERYTHING can change in a moment’s time.
Well – these are a few thoughts that I wanted to share. Feel free to take a moment to comment – I’d love to know what you think! Thanks for dropping in – and until next time…Be Blessed – then be a blessing to others –