“People spend a lifetime searching for happiness; looking for peace. They chase idle dreams, addictions, religions, even other people, hoping to fill the emptiness that plagues them. The irony is the only place they ever needed to search was within.” — Romana L. Anderson
The warm sun shines on my face while I sit outside, admiring the golden light that shines all around me. There is only a slight breeze, but enough to make the dry, yellow grass dance. A fly lands on my arm. Instead of shooing it away I watch it as it drinks the water that lies on my skin after taking a swim. The longer I sit here, the more beautiful this place becomes. The bush is a magical place. I’m not even bothered by the family of birds hopping around me, the type that has made my hands sweat and heart beat fast many times before. I wonder how it is that in times when we don’t feel good, these little things are almost invisible to us, covered up by our negative emotions and feelings. The longer I sit here, taking in my surroundings, the more I notice: two squirrels running across a vine that has connected two trees, the sun, slowly going down, a bird diving down into the waterhole at the end of the pool, scooping up his meal for the day. Nature has so much to teach us. Us humans, we think we know it all, but in reality, we still have so much to learn. If only we would just listen and watch once in a while. I read a story the other day in a book called “The Elephant Whisperer” about how acacia trees protect themselves from danger. When being eaten by giraffe or antelope they produce tannin in their leaves, making them taste bitter. The tree then releases a scent into the air, warning other acacia trees of potential danger. These trees in turn then produce the same tannin before actually being attacked. Now I am in no way a tree-hugger, but I was amazed to read that a tree, without a brain or nervous system is able to protect itself from getting hurt.
Last week I felt down, oppressed by negativity, not being able to dig myself out of the dark hole I was in. In my head I knew I was being silly. “Don’t let one persons feelings affect your own”, but for some reason I just couldn’t get out of this one. I kept thinking about the first chapter of Jack Canfield’s book: The Success Principles: Take 100% responsibility of your life. Whenever I feel unhappy for some kind of reason I try to remember that, instead of blaming something or someone else for making me feel down I need to take action and change my way of dealing with it. There is only one person responsible for the quality of your life, and that person is you. Although it was difficult and took me a while, with the support from friends and family I was able to change my way of thinking.
So while I was sitting by the pool, admiring the beauty all around me it got me thinking. How do we hold on to these moments? How do we stop the not so pleasant moments from taking away our inner peace?