Living Life Fully
tom walsh

  
It's truly amazing to me to consider the paradox of Living Life Fully--just how simple it can be, yet just how complex it is at the same time.  There are so many aspects of ourselves that must be in sync with each other if we're to feel that we're able to get the most out of life, yet the basic concepts of acceptance and not trying to control every aspect of our lives and keeping things simple and trusting our own hearts can lead us to a very full life indeed.

I suppose the problem lies in the ways that we tend to undermine our own efforts at keeping peace with ourselves.  So many of our thoughts and actions run counter to what we know to be necessary if we want to be satisfied with life, that it's sometimes impossible to keep our minds on a happy track, on things that will allow us to feel good about who we are and where we fit into this world of ours.

Maintaining this site certainly helps me to keep focused.  Creating so many quotations of the day and putting so much positive material on the pages of Living Life Fully helps me to keep my mind on the truly important aspects of life.  This morning I prepared a quotation of the day about enjoying the little things in life, then I prepared two meditations, one on stopping and listening and being at peace, the other on the magical things in life that are waiting for us to notice them.  All of these were great reminders to me that I need to focus on the little things around me and truly appreciate them if I'm to get the most out of this day.

But soon I'll get to work, and my job will kick in.  I'll get focused on things that "need" my attention, and for long periods of time I'll be too focused to notice the little things.  But that's okay, too, because working and keeping ourselves occupied with fulfilling work is important to us, too.  Conflicts will arise, and they'll affect me depending on how I react to them, and whether I allow them to affect me deeply on a personal basis.

Living Life Fully is an important concept, and it is possible for us to lead full lives.  That doesn't mean that we always have to be bright and cheerful and smiling, but it does mean that we need to be realistic about our place in this world and what things truly are important to us.  There's a lot of room for error, of course, but those errors can be avoided if we pay attention to those things that we've learned and try to make our lives better through them.  There are no fixed rules--your life is your life, and your happiness will be different than mine.  The things that affect you strongly may be unimportant to me, and vice versa.  The important thing is to live, to accept, and to be the best people we can be, based on what our hearts tell us is right for us.

Trust yourself, and trust life.

  
   


 
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