I think one of the wisest sayings is: “You can look at a glass and see it half empty or half full.” So much of our contentment comes from how we see and experience things. But, having all that power most of us will choose to look at the glass half empty and in those occasions when we see it half full, we will move on too quickly so we can start worrying about what isn’t right. There is no way to have an enjoyable life living in this manner.
I am one who has spent most of my adult life with my thinking in the future on the things I wished for and didn’t have. So many wonderful things happened during those years without me truly giving them the time to fully enjoy what had come to me as a result of either my own effort or of life’s mysteries.
A couple of days ago, I had lunch with a woman who had been my late husband’s friend. I had seen her once before since his passing two and a half years ago.
The friend wanted to check in with me and again offer her support. We talked for a while and then the conversation shifted to her brother. She said we both had a lot in common; he’s a Buddhist – she said. Even though I don’t know her brother, I intuitively knew what she was trying to say. She was referring to the quality of acceptance.
One of my favorite phrases these days is: “One of the good things about getting older is experience.” I’m still learning – just as I did when I was a child and a teenager – but backing me up now is my life experience. Today I know in my DNA, nothing stays the same. Life is in constant transformation and if sometimes we feel we are cornered we will soon be proven wrong.