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We Travel Best When We Travel Light August 7, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness, People.

I’ve had a Tiggerific day. 

After a few less than stellar moments yesterday, I’ve bounced back . . . higher than ever!


I view my journey on the spiritual path as a work in progress, not a completed endeavor ~ with each step, I move closer to becoming who I was always meant to be.

Like learning to play the violin, or the piano, we are apt to hit more than a few wrong notes along the way.

The goal is progress, not perfection.  We must keep coming back to the task.

To that end, instead of dwelling on the negativity that  invaded my peace of mind yesterday, I chose to let it go and move forward along the path:  

* First stop, a lovely visit to Naomi’s Notes, followed by a quick peak at  The Levity Project.   What a wonderful way to start the day.  

* Then, sporting an enormous grin, I wandered over to Here Be Dragons.   Alannah’s posts always make me smile.   Today’s post more than most.

* Celebrations complete, I rolled up my sleeves and got to work, consciously clearing out much of the underbrush and detritus that has accumulated over the past few months. 

Nothing like clutter busting to put a smile on my face.  As I purged myself of the past, I felt lighter ~ liberated from the negativity which can weigh us down, keeping us tethered to terra firma.

Letting go frees up time and energy for the present.  Rather than hanging on to stale memories, which keep us mired in the past, we free ourselves to fully embrace this moment. 

Instead of wasting time analyzing who we were yesterday, judging the actions of others, or chasing other droplets of water over the dam, we turn our attention to the more relevant challenge of understanding who we are right here, right now.

The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself. ~ Anna Quindlen

Accepting who we are right here, right now, is far more important than understanding who we were at any given moment of time in the past.

When we accept ourselves as we are, we begin to flow in the NOW ~ and that is the only place to connect with the reservoir of happiness within.

Happiness is a natural state of being.  It is not something that we need to achieve ~ it automatically surfaces when we remain mindful of the moment:

In the timeless present, we don’t need a reason to be happy . . . we just are.

To paraphrase The Grinch: Happiness does not come from a store.  Happiness means just a little bit more.

Of necessity, the happiness I’m experiencing today is more obvious to me  than to anyone else.  Since the spiritual path lies within, you’ll just have to take my word for it ~ or, better still, try spiritual practice for yourself.

Inner peace and happiness is relative.  The goal is not to be happier than someone else.  Instead, we need only strive to be happier than our previous self. 

If we feel more peaceful and happy . . . that’s the only barometer we need.

No matter how much we analyze the past, we can never understand it or others completely.  Our vantage point is too limited. 

When we accept ourselves as we are, we become more accepting of others as they are. 

As a result, there is less need to forgive others after the fact, because they haven’t stepped on our toes or ruffled our feathers in the first place. 

When we trust ourselves, we know how to live without having to understand others . . . since we no longer use them as an external reference point. 

We realize that no one else can prevent us from changing if we desire to change.  Others may try to manipulate us with stares of disapproval, they may try to pour on the guilt, they may accuse us of being selfish ~ but in each instance we can consciously choose change.

We realize that we don’t need to conform to the expectations of others. We don’t need to be what they want us to be.  We don’t need a permission slip from others to live the life that we choose.

In the now, we enjoy the journey.  We no longer feel any urgency to “make it” to some distant shore.  Instead, we enjoy this moment, while patiently allowing the future to unfold in its own way, its own time.

At day’s end, we stand on the shore to smile at the distant horizon and the infinite possibilities it holds: 

Now the clouds have cleared, and I can see the sun.


1. cindy - August 8, 2010
nrhatch - August 8, 2010

Thanks, Cindy! That was lovely.

It’s funny. I didn’t have many dark clouds obscuring my vision, but even one black thundercloud can affect our countenance and keep us moored to the shore, instead of sailing the shining seas.

Blue Skies . . . much better!

2. Agatha82 - August 8, 2010

Another lovely positive post, really nice, I think you’re probably the one blogger that really lifts my spirits up so thank you 🙂
Sometimes I don’t get a chance to comment on everything but I do read them all 🙂

nrhatch - August 8, 2010

Thank you, Alannah. That’s the primary aim of SLTW ~ to lift spirits. : )

When our spirits are soaring, we can achieve miracles.

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