Sometimes life is bittersweet, you have to accept the pleasures and pains of life to embrace the beauty of it all.
Look to the right of you. Look to the left of you. It appears as if someone is always in a hurry. They’re checking their cell phones or rushing from one place to another. The result of this hurry is an actual unspoken competition of who is busier than the other. It’s as if being busy is a badge of honor, when it’s actually a signal to either slow down or you’re mismanaging your time.
The busier the person, the more removed from themselves they become. The person who makes time for those around themselves become more connected to the world around them. It is a known fact that in this earth when the sun rises in one part of this hemisphere, the other part is in darkness. The same fact applies to life too, there are both connections and disconnections in life. When you are busy, you become disconnected from those around you. When you are not busy, you become connected to those around you.
Life is filled with ups and downs. Carrying many burdens is not a noble act because no one notices but you. People are too absorbed in their own lives to really notice what is going on with others. If you strip away the façade and take a tough look as to why people fill up their schedules: they don’t want to really feel loneliness.
Life is like a boat sailing on the sea that always does not flow smoothly. There are happy times and there are sad times filled with tears. In fact, tears are as necessary for a person as oxygen itself. In excessive happiness, tears trickle down his cheeks because sufferings are their symbols – tears maintain a healthy balance in life. If a person does not realize the pain or suffering of life, then he cannot understand the joy of life. To him, the sense of proportion gets lost. Often out of pleasures rises from pain to strike a balance. However, how would one know pain or pleasure if they are too engrossed in their “busy-ness”?
Why must we accept this?
One must accept the pains of life, to understand the real meaning of joy. Otherwise, you cannot feel the joy. As autumn must come in the course of a year, similarly sorrows invariably follow every human being. If a person suffers pain, then the tears that flow out of his or her eyes softens stresses and sorrows of the heart and mind. In fact, the mist over the mind disappears in the form of tears and calmness dawns there.
Some people have the notion that life is only about sufferings. These types of people forget the happiness they enjoyed during the past times. They get shortsighted and forget that happiness will revisit them again. The basic law of life is happiness and sorrow co-exists with one another. Without one, the other is useless. Thorns of life serve as a fence to protect the flowers of delight and sunlight. Even, Shelley – the great English poet said, “Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought.”
In fact, comedy and tragedy are the tapestry of life. All the patterns of experience are woven with these contrasting threads. Smiles are sighs and spice to life which otherwise becomes dull and monotonous. Even in scriptures, it is written to take joys and sufferings placidly without any hesitation. He is exhorted not to be overly happy when success visits him and not to fear when pains and misery affects him. The greatest of men on earth, all have suffered both the pleasures and pains. This is life and you have to derive pleasure from life in this way.
So rather than bury yourself in your busy-ness, step away from the distractions and embrace the world around you. You never know, the next experience you have might be the very thing that makes into a great story!
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Meli Halstead is a kickass intuitive teacher and oracle/tarot reader who helps writers get to the core of their TRUTH and create workshops/virtual products around their books. She has held several workshops to help writers get in touch with their spiritual mission and get their message out to others. Her goal for the 2015 – 2016 year is to help 1300 writers write their book with the help of tarot/oracles.
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