I don’t think of all the misery, but instead of all the beauty that still remains.
The essence of life is not in the great victories and grand failures, but in the simple joys. Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy. When we lay the soil of our hard lives open to the rain of grace and let joy penetrate our cracked and dry places, let joy soak into our broken skin and deep crevices, life grows. How can this not be the best thing for the world? For us? Sadly, one of purest forms of joy comes when people we envy get hurt. That most genuine form of joy. It is better to dwell on the beautiful things in life than the negative. You push the truth off a cliff, but it will always fly. You can submerge the truth under water, but it will not drown. You can place the truth in the fire, but it will survive. You can bury the truth beneath the ground, but it will arise. Yet, truth always prevails!
Embrace fanaticism. Harness joie de vivre by pursuing insane interests, consuming passions, and constant sources of gratification that do not depend on the approval of others. Beautiful places are not just a joy for the moment, while you’re there. They will become homes for you, spaces of solace and comfort, where you can close your eyes and go to. Nothing you experience will ever go away. It belongs to you now. Just feel. Don’t be afraid to feel. For one wild, glad moment we snapped the chain that binds us to earth, and joining hands with the winds we felt ourselves divine. It’s good to see the snakes revealing themselves. They weren’t actually hidden at all. People hide behind the masks, but eventually you see them for who they truly are. The brave who focus on all things good and all things beautiful and all things true, even in the small, who give thanks for it and discover joy even in the here and now, they are the change agents who bring fullest Light to all the world. There’s more to a person than flesh. Judge others by the sum of their soul and you’ll see that beauty is a force of light that radiates from the inside out.
Don’t be afraid to stand tall in your truth! Boldly and confidently face everything that has, and is, keeping you bound. Fight for your inner peace! Fight for your happiness! Fight for everything and everybody that’s important to you! You are not a victim! Don’t even play into that. You owe it to yourself to live. Live your life without the regrets, without the resentments, without the unforgiveness, without the blame game, without the self-pity, without any and everything that keeps you from experiencing true joy within! You are too important to waste your life away! Learn to appreciate and value your life, but most importantly, learn to appreciate and value yourself! You count too, no matter what you’ve done! But that’s just it; I can either focus on what I have lost, or what I have gained, and I choose the latter. I’m not in pursuit of happiness, I’m happiness in pursuit; ready to happen everywhere I go.
One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar. The life of Man is a long march through the night, surrounded by invisible foes, tortured by weariness and pain, towards a goal that few can hope to reach, and where none may tarry long. One by one, as they march, our comrades vanish form our sight, seized by the silent orders of omnipotent Death. Very brief is the time in which we can help them, in which their happiness or misery is decided. Be it ours to shed sunshine on their path, to lighten their sorrows by the balm of sympathy, to give them the pure joy of a never-tiring affection, to strengthen failing courage, to instill faith in times of despair. Expectation has brought me disappointment. Disappointment has brought me wisdom. Acceptance, gratitude and appreciation have brought me joy and fulfillment. It’s the ‘everyday’ experiences we encounter along the journey to who we wanna be that will define who we are when we get there.
If ever you have had a romantic, uncalculating friendship, a boundless worship and belief in some hero of your soul, if ever you have so loved, that all cold prudence, all selfish worldly considerations have gone down like drift-wood before a river flooded with new rain from heaven, so that you even forgot yourself, and were ready to cast your whole being into the chasm of existence, as an offering before the feet of another, and all for nothing, – if you awoke bitterly betrayed and deceived, still give thanks to God that you have had one glimpse of heaven. The door now shut will open again. Rejoice that the noblest capability of your eternal inheritance has been made known to you; treasure it, as the highest honor of your being, that ever you could so feel, -that so divine a guest ever possessed your soul. Relationships are steppingstones for the evolution of our consciousness. Each interaction we have, be it one of joy or contrast, allows us to learn more about who we are and what we want in this lifetime. They bring us into greater alignment as long as we continue to move forward and do not get attached to hurt, anger, or being a victim. Joy is a marvelous increasing of what exists, a pure addition out of nothingness.
From the cradle to the grave, joy and pain is the fertilizer for wisdom.