Public service announcement.....:::: LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL AND WONDERFUL AND ALL SORTS OF CRAZY AMAZING THINGS, BUT IT IS NOT MEANT TO MAKE YOU HAPPY.
Somehow, no matter how many times we are reminded and take it in, we catch ourselves expecting life to go in a way that makes us happy. Even as full grown adults, we keep expecting life to wake us up each morning with a lollypop.
But that is not what life is about. Life is challenging and intense and maddening and wonderful and the paradox of it all is that once you truly accept that life can be insanely challenging, it gets easier. It NEVER gets easier by your simply wanting it to, it only gets easier by your acceptance...that it's challenging! Once you begin to drop your *shoulds* around how often those hard moments *should* come, the transformation has space to take place.
Indeed there is joy and infinite limitless beauty and bliss. But the point is that life does not GIVE IT TO YOU. It is there regardless, and YOU GIVE IT TO YOURSELF THROUGH YOUR PERSPECTIVE, AND THROUGH YOUR PEACE WITH WHAT IS HAPPENING. Some of the most gorgeous, timeless, blissful moments I have known were in the midst of profound sadness.
Life is a gift. A gift through which to simply be amazed by the miracle of life. A gift through which to LEARN. Making peace with that is one of the most powerful things you can rest into. If you desire to meet peace, then meet it in the hard moments. Not the easy ones, anyone can do that. Look towards peace in the moments when you are magnetized towards darkness and insanity and everything in between. And then, you will know love. And much, much more.