Thursday, February 17, 2011

The Road to Happiness

The road to happiness is a continual journey for me.  For a long time I thought it was something to attain, a place that once reached there would be smooth sailing for the rest of my life.  So I would do things that made me happy, buy things that gave me joy, wishing to fulfill that level of happiness.  All of riches in the world wouldn't make a difference.  Sooner or later I was back to where I was before at square one when the "happiness high" wore off.

There is a quote by Democritus that says, "Happiness resides not in possessions and not in gold; the feeling of happiness dwells in the soul." Yet everywhere around us we are told how we aren't good enough and what we need to do or buy to become happy.  I'm reading the book Happy For No Reason, which I highly recommend for anyone searching for true happiness that can't be bought.  I'm learning the true values of life are happiness and love. Besides that nothing else compares.

So for those of you with the buy, buy, buy mentality ( of which I'm trying to move out of) who always have to purchase something in order to find happiness here is some advice for you:

You know the focus should be on love yet you get distracted by other things that you obsess over until they seem more important.  Stop trying to be like everybody else and just be you.  Ask yourself if you need this and see how you feel.  If it creates happiness for you then it is good.  If it creates fear or sadness then this is not helping you stick true to your path.  All the answers to your questions lie deep within you. You have the wisdom it takes to go down the path you seek. Is this on path with what you want to create? Possessions should make you happy and assist you on your path.  Don't let your voice be drowned out by the crowds'. What is right for them isn't right for you.  Be a leader, an individual instead of being a follower.

You want material things because you felt like it symbolized this place you couldn't reach and once you could things would be good.  Through material things you could elevate your life and make it more exciting, change it from what it was before.  It is okay to have nice things or want them, but don't sacrifice yourself to get these things.  Don't let these things become who you are.  What do YOU want? Own it for yourself and not because others have it.

Happiness is a journey for that I plan on enjoying during the way.  No one can be happy all of the time but when you focus on the things that really matter in life, then you are one step closer.  May you all be Happy For No Reason and find your inner bliss.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Stepping into Who You Really Are

I live in a shell,
the place that I dwell
for seasons,
for reasons I don't
fully comprehend.

Always peeking out,
never fully living.
Afraid to stand my ground
it's easier to hide
in the safeness of the
place I reside.

But now the time has come
when I fully step into life
not to be overcome with worry or strife.
Shining the light as it bursts from my soul
to be what was written in the stars for me.
It is time to break out of the shell.

For such a long time all I can remember doing is constricting myself.  I would try to reason out of doing things, taking chances, and fully participating in what we call life.  Now I consciously have made the decision to step into who I really am and not be that scared little soul anymore.  I'm a sensitive person and often when people's energy is forceful and too overwhelming, I retreat to safety.  This however is hindering me from being the person I am.  Well, I am claiming my power back, but not what everyone probably thinks of as powerful.  This power stems from love, not from fear or hatred or controlling others.  The power I grasp is one that acknowledges my own self worth wrapped in a blanket full of love.  While it may slip under the radar of those that operate on that fearful and controlling power, this is more subtle, and infinitely more lasting.

You see my friends, life is not about controlling others to do what you want them to do.  Life is about sharing what you have to contribute to the world and the impact your actions leave on it long after you are gone from this Earth.  Sometimes people who have such grand potential fall short only to be held back by themselves.  Inside all of us, there is a calling to live the life you know you are supposed to when you came to this Earth.  Step into it now and live your life.  Be proud of the person you are and the choices you make.  Now is the time to leave the shell behind and behold the splendors awaiting you!