Friday, April 21, 2017

What We All Really Want

Remind yourself that what everyone wants is happiness and peace.  That includes you.  Everything else is just stuff that obscures this reality
I believe this quote captures the reality of what most people want when they are really honest with themselves.  I have been young and now I am getting old.  I have been poor and now I am comfortable.  I have been in great health and I have been in terrible health.  I have been stressed out and I have been calm.  I have been angry and I have been joyful.  I have raised children and now I live in a nest for two.  Whatever I have been experiencing throughout my life all I really wanted in my heart was to be happy and to live a peaceful life.  I have accumulated lots of stuff but it only gave me temporary and fleeting happiness.  No matter what I had there was always more singing its siren song to me.  In the best of times and the worst of times it has always been the simple things that gave me the most happiness and peace.  Life is hard for all of us and we will always have challenges.  Do not let them overwhelm you.  As I have preached many, many times, be present and awake to your life and pay attention to the moments.  It is in these moments that you will find the greatest happiness and peace.  It may be as simple as a really great cup of coffee as you watch the sunrise or as you follow the sun at dusk as it slips under the horizon.  I have been more blessed than many and I know that.  Every day I am grateful for what I have and also for what I don’t have.  Don’t let your happiness and peace be clouded by the stuff that obscures the reality of what you really want deep in your heart.     

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