Archive | November, 2012

Master your mind. Be Happy.

28 Nov

“Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings”

- Elizabeth Gilbert. Eat, Pray, Love page 260 (By the way,  I just finished this book and absolutely loved it. I could re-read this. A very thought provoking book.)

There are no easy answers. Just making the choice and believing in it. We are creatures confined to the beliefs and limits of our own mind. Set it free and choose your feelings. I am in control at all times. Strength, Peace, Love. Happy.

In the wake of a storm

13 Nov

It is so easy to take things for granted. I try really hard not to by appreciating the little things in life, you know such as a beautiful tiny flower that gets ignored by most passer bys or that whenever my fiance stops at Burger King he brings me back a Mocha Joe because he knows I love them. I do this because these little things can add great happiness and pleasure to life. But sometimes it takes a more significant event to make you realize just how lucky you are. Sometimes it takes a disaster to force people to take a step back from their money hungry busy lives to stop and care for each other and remember “hey! we are all human beings in this together.” Hurricane Sandy tore through my state of NJ and although the devastation was tremendous, the sense community and humanity we experienced after it’s pass was enlightening, despite that most of us were literally in the dark for many days. In fact, I had no power for 12 days and was out of work for a whole week because my office also was dark. Yes it was an inconvenience. But you know what.. our ancestors lived without electricity and they survived, and it was actually refreshing to completely shut off all our electronic devices and go back to basics. The silence was never so loud. And I liked it. Sure, I was very lucky that I did not loose my home or have it sustain any damage (well we did have damage to a car – a broken rear windshield and some dents). I am lucky I do not have kids that were displaced from their schools. I am lucky in so so many ways. But watching my state pull together to support each other and help one another out has been inspiring. We are strong. Humanity is not dead. My neighbors on my mountainous road showed me that the morning after the hurricane when we discovered that our cars were trapped in our driveway. All the men with chainsaws marched up and down the road clearing everyone out. Because in times like this if we dont come together, we dont stand a chance. I just hope that people remember that once the effects of this storm have passed.