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Simple Mantra

IF YOU WANT OTHERS TO BE HAPPY, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.  [Dalai Lama]

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Oh Yes, Hello Again.

Lulls.

We all experience them, right?

lull
[luhl] -noun
a temporary calm, quiet, or stillness

My blog has been on a slight hiatus, and though I regret that I haven’t been writing as much as I’d like, I’m happy to report that the silence has been a constructive one.

I have been out of the college scene for about seven months. I have been back in North Carolina for about five, and I am already about four months into my job. While all the transitions of these past months were daunting, exciting, and frustrating (all at the same time), the past couple months have proven to be refreshing. A relief, almost.

In many ways, I finally feel settled. I am happy to call my apartment home, my family and I stay close, and reconnecting with friends in the area has been a great joy. Although there are still big hurdles to overcome this year (ex. another round of job hunting, planning for the future, etc.), ringing in the new year was a reminder of how far I’ve really come. A huge sigh of relief.

Over time, you find that leaving behind rigid ideas about your future is one of the most liberating decisions you can make. My advice? Stay open-minded to all the bends and turns you encounter because it’s in that time, from these experiences, and on that road, that your priorities, philosophies, and ideaologies are realized. They may change over the years, but they find a true voice and lens when you let them.

How have you changed in a year? What were your expectations? Were they met or met with new circumstances? Where do you find value in your life? Can you devote more time to whatever gives you strength? Inspires you? Builds you up when you feel broken down?

My blog has remained quiet for a couple months, but sometimes we just need a little time to take in our surroundings and allow ourselves to engage in the change around us. I’ll try to come around more often, friends. But know that things are going well here, and I am finding my way.

Take a Moment

PROMISE YOURSELF to be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.  Talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet.  Make all your friends feel that there is something in them.  Look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.  Think only the best, work only for the best, and expect only the best.  Be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.  Forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.

Wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.  Give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.  Be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.  Think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world, not in loud words but great deeds.  Live in faith that the whole world is on your side so long as you are true to the best that is in you.  [Christian D. Larson]