Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Finding my peaceful place

Folks, your life can be beautiful if you make it so. I'm determined to find myself some peace in this crazy world gone wrong. I don't need to buy a cabin in the woods. Nope! I'm going to find my peace right where it always has been. Inside of me. And believe it or not, you can too.

If you need me I'll be:

Taking stay-cations with loved ones as often as possible
Having fun with family and friends, smiling and laughing....a lot!
Puttering around in my garden
Painting! And with the brightest colors imaginable!
Creating beautiful nature photos
Writing silly or serious blogs
Engaging in any other peaceful activity I choose.
Making other people smile (Probably the most important thing on the list.)

I won't be:

Pandering to notions implanted in my brain by those who profit from them.

I will have faith that:

The only way to change the world is to portray what you'd like it to be so that others may follow your example. (Be the Change) And I'm off to do just that. You're more than welcome to join me. Just say no to brainwashing and live life your way!

Ahhh You hear that? Tranquility is the most beautiful sound.

Friday, July 8, 2016

I don't do much raving these days, so....

Wouldn't it be nice if we could all sign a peace treaty?

Here's the thing, you guys. I'm in a frame of mind where I'm really tired of all the nit-picking and point proving that goes on in the comment sections on social media. It seems so agenda driven sometimes. So much so, that this blog is starting to turn an important corner. I'd really like it to be mostly raves with an occasional rant that suggests a positive solution, rather than just incessantly bitching.

People really don't need to engage in such negativity all the time. Oh sure, it's important to speak out against injustice. Bringing unpleasant knowledge to light inspires positive change. But once the knowledge is passed on, focusing on positive solutions becomes vitally important. And absolutely, positive focus can easily become complacency.

A healthy balance is what I'm seeking these days.

My goal is to speak up but not take it to the point where people stop listening. And I've stopped having those crazy, underlying venom comment conversations too. I make my point, if I have one, in a courteous manner. If I see that someone is a bit over the top, I just move on. It's simply not worth the loss of a friend or the negative feeling it leaves me with.

Of course, we cannot control what others say and do. And I have no desire to do so. I also have no desire to shove my point down anyone's throat. Their journey is their own to make. So most of my blog posts and comments have a lot to do with making peace. Naturally, some people even have an issue with that. Hence, the whole moving on part.

Projecting anger, anxiety, insecurity and hostility to prove a point just isn't worth what it brings you in return. In fact, what generally happens is that you get them right back, times a hundred. What's that clever, philosophical saying? You know the one. It's about peace being the only thing that has ever brought about positive change? It's so true, you guys. Be at peace with yourself, your fellow human beings and the universe in general. Example is really the only way to lead others to a better life.

Plus, smiling is good for you. We should all do it more!