Sometimes it is difficult to maintain high levels of happiness and hope these days, especially when realizing what obstacles lay before us. I was struggling with this a bit on my way home to visit my family, and talking with some of my family members made me feel a lot better… this is what I learned;
It is always better to choose Love rather than Fear. No one knows what the future may hold, so why waste your time and energy worrying and despairing about something that may never happen or is already in the past? It is so much easier (and happier) to believe in the people around you, that everyone at their core is a good person who just wants to be loved, and when given encouragement and support, can do amazing things! I think a lot of people are scared (I know I am) … scared of what might happen, that someone might judge us for being different, of trying new things because we might fail, that we are not capable of doing everything we dream about… just plain scared. But, if we stop being scared and just start trying, trying anything, we will eventually get to be where we want to be, and have a lot of fun learning new things! I do not know what I am doing most of the time (and I fail a lot), but I learn all the time and sometimes have great success. I decided I am not going to be scared anymore, I am just going to do my best to try and live a better life, stay happy, and be as generous as I can with my time, energy, and heart.
My sisters fiancee also told my this little story which also made a lot of sense;
You are running through the jungle being chased by a tiger, and you fall off a cliff. You, by some miracle, are able to grab a vine on the edge of the cliff. Your hanging to the vine and realize that there is a tiger at the top of the cliff waiting to eat you, this is your past. There is also a tiger waiting below you, excited for you to drop from the vine so that he can eat you, this is your future. But while you are hanging on this vine, you see a berry, so you grab it and eat it, and it is the most delicious berry you have ever tasted in your whole life, this is your present!
We can only control right now! So live in the moment, do what you can when you can and don’t worry about the rest!
My co-workers wife writes a blog that is pretty awesome and always makes my feel happy, check it out;