In the world we live in today the mentality is often “MORE. MORE. MORE!” It’s as if people think the more we have, the better off we are, the happier we are or the more we’ve accomplished. At the end of the day, what can more money or materialistic items give you?
Sure, it can buy you a fancy dinner, a round of drinks for your friends at the bar, and a closet full of clothes that you never wear just to name a few. That’s great and all, but it still can’t fulfill our desire to be happy or loved.
Many of us have too much to even see what truly makes us happy. That’s the sad part about the world we live in today.. We could start by looking at the people around us. Odds are, despite our material possessions, we each likely have friends, family, a pet, or something that gives us purpose.
Something that shows us that money isn’t everything, but memories can last a lifetime. Less is more.
Happiness is the one thing everyone seeks in this life, yet it’s often never found.
For months I searched for happiness. I tried to rediscover that joy that once filled my life, you know, that feeling of peace and contentment that fills your body when you know everything’s okay.
The feelings of comfort and stability that takes your mind out of time, because you’re just genuinely happy & full of life—truly living in the sentiments.
What I didn’t realize was, I was searching for something that couldn’t be found. After all, one cannot simply find happiness as if it were a magic potion in a bottle. But it can be created.
So let us wake up each day with intentions to create an abundance of happiness—enough for ourselves and others.
As I was just about to head to bed, I had to remind myself to have a little faith…
“Why?” You may ask. Because I’ve been tired for a long time now. I’ve been exhausted both physically and mentally, trying to take on more than I could handle while also thinking I had the ability to fix several problems in my life and personal relationships that were far out of my hands. I thought I was in control when I wasn’t.
I think sometimes we need to step back and remind ourselves that we’re not God and we’re NOT in control. He is. I notice now, looking back on the past, how I always tried to play Hercules and fix all the problems. I wouldn’t be surprised if I even created an issue or two not realizing it, all because I wanted to “fix it”. The thing is, I can’t fix all the problems that life throws at me because I’m not suppose to. None of us can.
Then I got to thinking a little more… What if we’re not meant to fix our problems? What if we’re suppose to learn from them and grow as an individual, a friend, a parent, a colleague, or whatever it may be. After all, like Emerson said “life’s a journey, not a destination.”
Sure, life’s tough sometimes, but it gets better and with a little faith our smile comes back bigger and brighter than ever before. I’ve been faking my smile while secretly begging it to come out for a few months now, but It’s starting to genuinely come out and there’s no greater feeling. To know you’re finding that drive and purpose in life that makes you happy is incredible. Everyone deserves to feel it
Life is far too short for us to ever let anyone or anything make us feel like we’re not worthy of all the happiness and joy in the world. Next time you’re tired and feel like you’re at it all alone, just remember.. A little faith goes a long way. It will get better.
What is an adventure?
According to Dictionary.com, an adventure is “an exciting or very unusual experience.”
I like to believe every day is an adventure that’s yet to unfold. An adventure that’s at the tips of our fingers to make of it as we desire.
Much like that old trail you’ve traveled time and time again, each time is new, thrilling and full of unusual experiences. Experiences only something far greater than we could create. Who that creator may or may not be is for your heart to decide.
Each new day I seem to find out just a little more about myself. Much like the discoveries I make about both myself and the world around me while hiking these woods.
I like to think I find myself a little more each time. I enjoy the bonding with friends, the solitude and time for reflection, and most of all, the experiences and adventures along the way. Many things are found while hiking, but it never fails, we always seem to find ourselves a little more each time.
What if we treated each new day like the start of a new trail, or perhaps, the continuation of the same one? After all, this is our journey.
“Let us venture through life as if it’s a great trail without a known destination.”
“The best way out is always through.” – Robert Frost
I feel like Robert Frost hit the nail on the head with this quote.
We take a look at what life has thrown at us and we tackle it head on. For many, it’s a choice similar to picking right or left on a path. For others, it may be a lot more complex and difficult. You have two options, left or right? I like to think the paths we travel develop us into who we’re truly meant to be. After all, if everything didn’t happen for a reason, what would the purpose of life be anyway?
I’ve recently come to learn that life isn’t always what it seems. Sometimes we’re setup for success and great happiness, then it’s ripped from us. Other times we expect the absolute worst and we’re shocked with an unforeseen blessing. It’s just the luck of the draw, I suppose.
I look at this journey through life as a road or a pathway, because you never truly know what’s ahead on a road never traveled before. You just have to travel it and make the most of each step or mile. Sure, there will be stop lights, accidents, setbacks, or even times where you have to choose a direction once again. But as long as you’re moving forward you’re making progress. Just live.
This life is pretty incredible. Why would one not want to travel their road as long as they can?
What is life?
Those upset, angry, lost, broken or just tired, both mentally and physically, might ask themselves this question. I know I sure have. Many times. The thing about it is, life is everything. We just don’t always allow ourselves to see it.
I believe life is realizing yesterday is gone and that tomorrow is a new day. As for today, embrace it. It’s yours! Yesterday is the past. Learn from it, but leave it there. It shouldn’t impact your tomorrow. I think life is realizing you alone are far more than enough. It’s loving who you are.
When you feel like giving up or giving in, just remember, this is your journey and you’re no where near your destination yet. Your story is still being told, tell it loudly.
Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Life is a journey, not a destination.”
To me, life is realizing tomorrow is a new day. A day that you owe yourself.
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