It’s all so fragile, so precious, so delicate and enchanting. Everything, everyone around us has adventures and choices and experiences approaching. They each have occurrences, happenings, developments which will change their circumstances, alter the scenery of their paths and take them beyond our own horizons.
War, destruction, disease, shift, strain, loss, grief, hurt, conflict even now are approaching us. They’re coming, and with them they will bring metamorphosis. They’ll shake us, challenge us and test us.
My words aren’t intended to frighten or alarm, rather to remind and encourage. For now, we are still so near, so aligned, and we still have so much to offer one another, and to offer ourselves. This temporary reality is our opportunity to appreciate what is here and now, and to embrace all that surrounds us in this moment in time, in this corner of the universe. This is our chance to think and feel and connect and share. This is it. This is it. THIS. IS. IT.
Go, do, try, dream, move, learn, build, create. There is no other time. There is no other moment.
When those impending trials knock on our door, we will sturdy up our hearts and lean into whatever they are and whatever lessons they bring. When those tribulations arrive (and they will) our thoughts will not turn to unsent emails, work left undone, or messes yet to be cleaned. Our thoughts will linger on passionate kisses, old songs and colorful sunsets, roller coasters and home cooked meals, horseback rides and road trips, weddings, birthdays, and family pets. We’ll find solace in memories of climbing mountains, giggling babies, toes buried in the sand, dancing in dive bars, and running through tall grass.
Life is a series of hardships punctuated by moments of pure, unadulterated bliss. And our fortitude during those inevitable hardships is determined by the quality of bliss we create. Our most enduring bliss is that which is made in love, and risk, and experience. So when hardship comes to greet us, we’ll find strength in our visions of joy, accomplishment and each humbling, awe-inspiring, breathtaking adventure.
Find your bliss, pursue it, nurture it and carry it with you wherever you go. Life is short; treasure every beautiful moment (hint: they’re all beautiful).
“One of the lessons I’ve learned in life is that happiness lies in discovering your passions and exploring them fiercely. And passions aren’t necessarily big, grand notions. We can also find passion in a rose garden and the smell of a puppy and the writing of a first grader. Wherever they are, whatever they may be, seek out your passions and cultivate them.” – Loren Nancarrow