Monday, October 27, 2014

With These Words The Journey Begins

What is it all about? Why are we here? How did we get here? What possessed me to pick this book to read, this movie to watch, this song to listen to, this street to walk on? I don’t know for sure, but I do have an idea about it. I would like to share my ideas, views and opinions with you. I would like to share with you what I think, and hope it will help bring some clarity, joy, and improvement in your life. Maybe my friends are right and I just have something to say, and this is my way of having it heard. Maybe, but perhaps that is the point as well. Why does a painter paint? Why does a sculptor sculpt? Why does a musician play? Is it for those around them, or is it for them regardless of the audience? Is it because they have something to say and merely use their chosen medium as a way to express themselves? Would they still create if there was no audience? What do you have to say, and how will you express it? Will you only express it if you have an audience, or will you create and those who need to see it will see it?

The ideas I offer are not to entice or force anyone to my path. I offer these ideas to propose that there are other paths available. These ideas are to propose and to remind that there are other ways of looking at things. What if there is more to life than we have been taught, so far discovered, or even fantasized? I am offering the possibility of a reality different from the one we perceive on a daily basis. More importantly I would like to offer the idea that “there is something else out there”. I am not offering my reality, I am only using the way I see things to illustrate a different way of looking at them. This is only for a way to see things differently from the way we have been seeing them so far, not to say that my way is the right way. This is my seeing the potentials of something different in the world around us and more specifically the world around me.

If you decide to embark on this journey, you will decide on what it is you would like to see. Your journey will be your own and unique, just like you are an individual and unique. You will have your own guides and you will find your own proof. Any discoveries you make, or epiphanies you have, will be your own. If this sounds like a copout, I have just one question. Why would you want to repeat my or anyone else’s life? As I follow my path and have my fun I discover what works for me. I discover who I am and what I want to be. My actions and my future are shaped by my wants, my past experiences and my awareness. Your decisions will be driven by you; all I offer is the idea that there is something more to you and for you.

If you only read this introduction and nothing else, I would like to remind you of and give you these three ideas. If you do nothing else smile, know what choices you make in a situation, and take really small steps. Smiling will force you to think of things to make you smile. Smiling will force people to either rise to your level and smile or shy away from you. All of the results of smiling are better for you. Knowing what choices you make will put things in perspective and show you why you are making the choices you are making. Doing something you make a choice to do because of something is different from and better than feeling trapped, even if it is something you do not like. Making the choice to do something shows you clearly what needs to change for things to improve, even if it is just your acceptance of the situation. Small steps will keep your attention on what you can do now without daunting you with “what will I do next or later”. Looking at a distant goal may stop you from taking any steps towards it. Instead look at every moment and think “this leads to a worse situation, and this leads to better”. Do the little thing that leads to better and repeat moment after moment. When you look back you will be amazed at where you ended up, but looking far ahead may have stopped you completely. So remember; smile, choose, do.

If you feel there is something else out there. If you feel there is more to the world. Know that you are not strange. Know that there is nothing wrong with you. Know that you are not alone. Know your Self.

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