Combining life thoughts and the joy of all things spooky in the Halloween air is very enjoyable. I read the verse below and right away had to analyze it and incorporate it into my everyday thinking.
My life has surely led me down some unknown paths and plenty of gates. What is important to recognize is that the easiest of lifes challenges are not really challenges at all. Taking the wide gate is easy, making the wrong friends is easy, finding love in someone that is not good for you is easy. Stealing is easy.
So when you get to the wrong gate, how do you know?
What exactly is this verse telling us? Take notice of the world and how you experience it. Take notice of the people that try to enter our lives and what their intentions are. The most important meaning to this verse to me was actually deciding what I really care about. Priorities and Happiness are very important to me. Being goal driven and finding complete happiness takes work and when you choose the right gate and the right road the entire world will open up to you.
“Wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”– The King James Bible
The trees are so beautiful that sometimes they overwhelm me. But I remember a time when I chose not to see them. When I was young, my parents would point out the trees as we drove through the country. Why would I care about those old trees and their falling leaves? But now I see the trees and I want everyone to notice how beautiful they are (just ask my kids). When we are surrounded by beauty and we notice and acknowledge, it takes us to a higher place. Not only does it feel good, but we can easier access the beauty inside of us.
The trees let go of their leaves so they can get quiet and still and begin again. We accept this in trees, but do we acknowledge this in ourselves? Do we let go of what we no longer need or what no longer serves us? Too often we hold on fearing that nothing new will come. But something new always comes, that’s the cycle of life. Trees don’t worry whether or not their leaves will come back – they let them go and trust they will grow and thrive another season. Letting go of what you no longer need is part of growth, and letting go creates space for new things. I hope you all enjoy this beautiful fall season in all of its beauty.
To buy a new home or build one, I am torn. I have spending a lot of time wishing I was at home and wanting my own. What a big confusing mess I have created in my brain. I thought after all of this time, the important things in life like finding someone to share it with and a home to share it in was all I needed. What I really needed to realize is that instead of the freedom to move where I chose and be with who I chose, I need the freedom to live a meaningful life. Spending all of our time focused on what we have not found yet or do not have, is wasting precious time to enjoy the life we already have.
This is something that is really hard to wrap my brain around, as I am a planner. I always know what I want (most of the time) and I always plan and replan until something works.
I literally spend most of my time awake doing this, and then poof...the day is gone and I had spent it planning next week.
Keeping it real...some thing that I have been trying to do lately is that. Trying to find a way to still be myself when nothing is about me anymore. Struggles are so great for everyone and I am sure you have a long list as well. Not everyone is going to have the same challenges in life and sometimes the things that bother us the most are things that do not show up in our photo's. Invisible to others but they continue to eat at our souls until we have resolved them. So this is me , on a day that was nice. It is easy to post a photo after we have done our hair and picked out the perfect clothes, but on this day I did none of the above. I don't live near the ocean. I live on a small street in a small town in Missouri. In a small house. So my outlook is starting to change. Keeping it real. Wearing my sweatpants when I want. Brushing my hair less, maybe even cleaning less. Keeping it all together on the inside is much easier for me when I am not trying to keep it all together on the outside. I love gardening and am going to make this the best season ever, all while making a mess, lol. I read once, that one of your goals should be that when you have people over to your house, they should leave feeling better about themselves, not feeling better about you. And that totally meant why do I spend 4 hours cleaning when I know someone is coming by for 5 minutes? I must be crazy. So here I go, off to work and all the while ...keeping it so real people will be wondering all day what the heck is wrong with me :) and if your feeling the same way.... take the challenge and start just being you :)