We Argue over the Flowers, or Laugh
83/100 in 100 Creative Challenge 8/21/09
Golden Fluid Acrylic on paper, moleskine, 5x8"
Ivy wanted blue flowers, but I didn't think they'd go with the green background. They were white at first. She cried a lot. We compromised with pink.
But you know what I've really been thinking about?
Ha ha. No small issues for me, just small kiddoes, big issues.
No, but really, I've been thinking about those things that make life enjoyable. Because it isn't always roses and moonbeams, you know what I mean?
What is it in our perpective, in our living, that allows us to be happy?
I really do think it's just relaxing into the reality of life and accepting it for what it is. If I go about with my agenda, and life doesn't fall directly in line, whether it's a kid interrupting my my blog posting, or a delay in finding a good job, I end up being dissatisfied.
So it seems the best way to be is to just live in the moment, accept what is, enjoy the day.
There are also things I want to do in my life. When I allow my life to be taken over solely by immediate concerns, I find that I end up in a stasis of physical needs and no movement to life.
I recently realized that in ten years, I will be very close to 50... and there are so many things that I wanted to have done by 50. But if I don't get on the ball NOW, I won't have them done by 50.
I need to focus on my goals. I need to remember my dreams. I need to take the daily steps to get down that path.
There is a tricky balance that needs to be found between these two things, living in the moment and working for your dreams.
Taking steps towards what you really want without harboring an agenda for what you think it's all supposed to look like.
I believe this is called nonattachment.
I believe it is the part of Buddhism I have always had trouble with... but it makes more sense now than it did when I was a kid.
Maybe by the time I'm 50 I will have it all figured out. :)
How do you balance your daily life with your deeper goals? Got it figured out? Still struggling?