Sometimes life is good and, when all in our little world is going easily, we may be tempted to think we have got everything right. Perhaps we have. At the other end of the scale, when everything is going pear-shaped, we may wonder what we have done to deserve it. We all have better times and the not so good, but nothing stays the same. Life is like that.
Life is accepting the present moment wholeheartedly
Years ago, I belonged to a group that used to meet in a restaurant. It was a mediocre establishment that served as a handy venue to network, socialise and discuss various projects over lunch. The food wasn’t brilliant, being reminiscent of 1950s school dinners. A monotonously intoned grace at the beginning of the meal didn’t help. Some members would pull faces at the offerings set before them, and I confess sometimes I did, too. Then one day, the penny dropped. My attitude, though fairly normal, was wrong. Instead, I could choose to accept the food wholeheartedly, with a genuine rather than dutiful sense of gratitude, and then everything seemed to change. Later I learned that the same applies to anything in life – mediocrity is simply a value judgment that affects our perception. The lunches didn’t improve much but I did, and both the meals and life tasted better for it.
Embrace the clarity – is this life’s purpose?
In those moments of acceptance, there will be times when we experience clarity. Everything then is good. Everything will work out. Fear dissolves; discontent evaporates.
We all like to think we have a purpose in life but maybe this is it. Nothing grand, no heroic saving of the planet, just being ourselves and living fully and completely. Enjoy and embrace the great peace that comes and let it spread. It sounds like a plan. Maybe it is.
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