Once out in the freedom of the day, with no responsibilities, I’d hop, skip, jump, and run with joy, wonder, and excitement.
Waking up as a little boy the excitement for the day’s adventure pumped through my veins and lit up my eyes. I’d look out the window at the bright sunshine, the hay fields, and the expansive blue skies and magical clouds. Once out in the freedom of the day, with no responsibilities, I’d hop, skip, jump, and run with joy, wonder, and excitement. Somewhere along the way, I began to remember and learned about cause and effect. Suddenly some limitations came into existence. Continuing to grow and mature, I learned to reason and apply my own critical thinking to situations that may or may not happen. I was creating a new reality within the context of my mind and my past experiences. The horror!
Now, with another level of awareness that has developed, the spiritual awareness, it’s like walking the tight rope between this world we live and work in, and the uninhibited freedom of a child at play. There is something more to this experience of life. We are not just conditioned beasts of labour and love. We are not just confined to living a life sentence in suburbia. There is, and always was, so much more available to us. It exists everywhere, including suburbia, at work, in the mundane, at the most extraordinary and ordinary. The only way I can explain the discovery is to dance.
One day hopeful, the other day destitute, one day in love, the next day hateful, one moment playful, the next moment serious, and one day success, the next day failure. We’re constantly moving and changing. The only constant is the silence, the stillness, the quiet place deep inside where spirit connects spirit. We feel it in the closest moments of intimacy with family or significant others. It is experienced in the greatest profound moment of joy and all words, all senses, all comprehension has escaped us. There is nothing left to figure out, there is only to forget.
Every day we would do well to forget many of the happenings of our yesterday. No bias, no fear, no limitations, no expectations, just wonder. Wonder and curiosity accompanied by joy and love. This intrigues me greatly. How would tomorrow look? How would my world interact? This ideal leads me to believe that more is available for all of us. As an idealist, many things I say may seem unattainable. This is the peak possibility, of that there is no doubt. While the ideal is beautiful, any measure or occurrence of that ideal is welcome. A grain of salt to flavour each day for a fantastic experience of life. Each day, I need to be that grain of salt too, and dance!
Even now, as an adult, I find myself wondering if wishing on a shooting star doesn’t in some way help solve the problems of the world.
I have always been a dreamer. Even when I was a little kid my thoughts were always full of how my life could be different or of how the world could become a better place. Sometimes, after my mom had tucked me into bed with an instruction to stay in my bed no matter what, I’d sneak over to the large window in my bedroom and stare outside into space. I would find an area of the sky that was filled with the most stars and I would wait. I would whisper a wish (because wishes always had to be said out loud) and wait for a shooting star to fall and make my wish come true.
Sometimes my wishes would be for myself and other times I would make wishes for my friends or my family. I didn’t like it that my knee got all scraped up when I fell down on the playground, and I didn’t like it that other kids got made fun of if they had to wear glasses. So I would make wishes about things like these. I would wait on a shooting star in hopes that my mom would stop crying so much or so that my baby sister wouldn’t be sick all the time. I believed with all my heart that all it took for my dreams to come true was seeing a shooting star fall from the sky. I believed there was something magical about a shooting star, something in it that was the answer to peoples’ problems.
Even now, as an adult, I find myself wondering if wishing on a shooting star doesn’t in some way help solve the problems of the world. It seems like too many of my childhood wishes got answered for there to not be at least a little magic in a shooting star. Of course now my wishes are for bigger things like world peace or the eradication of all of the world’s poverty. I dream about a world without violence and about a world where every child is given a chance to live. And while most of the time these dreams never make it outside the walls of my own mind, every now and then I’ll be outside on a clear night and find myself gazing up to the sky and wishing my dreams out loud, just above a whisper.
I’m not sure if I keep looking for a shooting star because I really believe in its magic or if I’m just caught up in a habit from my childhood. Either way, I guess it is good for me to believe in the power of a little dreaming and of wishing upon a shooting star.
Where simply getting up in the each morning, the thought of a brand new day and being alive thrills me. I fill up with such joy and happiness dealing with my daily morning gratitude. Just how much I have to be thankful for! Here is what being a life enthusiast means to me.
The subject matter on my daily way of life, adjustments and even from path to path. These days I had been thinking of enthusiasm. I have added ‘Life Enthusiast’ to a few of my networking sites. Therefore today I questioned myself, ‘what does this mean?’ Exactly how do you be or even become a life enthusiast. How does it really feel? How do I include this today? And this is what I have learned.
I love to live with an exclamation purpose. Where simply getting up in the each morning, the thought of a brand new day and being alive thrills me. I fill up with such joy and happiness dealing with my daily morning gratitude. Just how much I have to be thankful for! Here is what being a life enthusiast means to me:
Purpose #1: Becoming an enthusiast implies being grateful for every day. For every opportunity. For the people I meet. For possibilities to grow and learn. For being alive, within this body, on this earth, enclosed by beauty.
Purpose #2: Discovering beauty in the world, even particularly items we have consider normal. To include beauty myself. To feel and tell myself I am beautiful. And more importantly to allow other people shine in their unique beauty as well.
Purpose #3: Be compassionate. Handle others the way you would like to be treated. One of the biggest gifts you can give someone else is to allow them to be themselves. Don’t try to make an impression on me; I already think you’re perfect. Just like you are this moment. You don’t even have to talk or even get dressed or drive a fancy car. You’re already perfect and I already love you.
Purpose #4: Laugh! Pass along a kind, genuine smile, it’s simple. Laugh, passionately. How relaxing it is to laugh. Occasionally I’ll go a little bit without a soul warming laugh, so when I allow one out it is so freeing. ‘Why don’t I do that all the time?’ is what I believe to myself. Allow other people join in on your joy. Compliment. Don’t just say something because you think you should say something good, mean it. If you’re think about something say it, it’s not difficult, quit limiting yourself. ‘I like your hair,’ ‘you look beautiful today, “you have the best energy’. What about ‘have an excellent day, an awesome weekend, and an incredible trip.’ Wish others well, tell them you care, that you see all of them, that you love all of them. The simplest one of all, ‘thank you.’ From here you can improve and expand. ‘Thanks for being here.’ ‘Thanks for your generosity.’ ‘Thank you for being you.’
Purpose #5: Be Happy. Make the choice to be happy. It’s a lifetime commitment, every day reaffirm your choice. This bodily experience is short-term. You never know when it is going to end. You have the choice of just how your experiences feel. Would you rather be miserable or happy? It doesn’t have to be obnoxiously in your face happy. Life throws you difficulties, however thinks about your response to these problems. Life is really perception. Our personal individual views of the world around us. Challenges are a chance for us to be creative. Use your wonderful imaginations and deep dig to listen to our intuition. Go with the flow and waves of life. Learn and grow from each experience. Become better and better. The world requires happy people, provide what it desires, be content within this moment that you have as much as necessary and life will be alright. Stop reaching beyond and sit in this moment. Really be there. Hear, touch, feel and taste the world surrounding you. Breathe in it in and let it be enough. Allow yourself be enough.
Purpose #6: Dancing. When I discovered dancing is much like full-body vulnerability. Therefore, true. Express yourself and let go at times. Experience the moment. Let others see. You can’t do it wrong, it is your feelings. It’s you and you are perfect. Be vulnerable in general. Don’t hesitate to be yourself. To dress in a different way. To sing. To paint. To write. Express and share your story and what’s in your heart. Other people may criticize however really we value others who are weak, although we’re often scared to be vulnerable ourselves. Allow your beautiful self be seen. You are exclusive, don’t throw it away, rise and shine!
Purpose #7: Love! It might be cliché, yet truly I’ve figured out love is all there is and it’s always a choice. Exactly like joy and happiness, we are able to choose to love. Don’t be afraid to love yourself and to love others. When it’s not there, worries creep in, judgement, anger and, jealousy shows up. Be a beacon for love and brighten up this life.
Purpose #8: BE! Biggest lesson I learned was the power of just being. It appears so simple, but how many of us have perfected just being. We’re living in rewind or fast-forward. We’re looking around for something else. Trying. Striving to prove to our-selves. To make something of our lives. To make an impression on others. To be considered as perfect. To have the dream life. We’re so busy organizing our everyday life and ensuring our futures (when we’ll actually live our lives) we forget to do it now. Live now. Be present now. That’s all there is. The future is not guaranteed. We are all going to die. It’s inescapable. After birth, all of us head towards death. This is our one chance. Why waste it? Live your life now.
I admit occasionally I slip on a few of these factors; however I am constantly striving for them. Striving to be better and to be present. To enjoy this beautiful life, and when I do pass over I’ll know I lived and loved every moment of it.