#ChooseTheGood

If we are honest, sometimes things get dark. We are told to follow our hearts, to find our passion, our calling, but nobody tells us HOW to get to these things. It can feel like an endless search to get lucky, to find that four leaf clover in the vast clover field. Did you know it’s about 1 in 10,000? We search and we search for the thing we think we WANT, only to miss the thing we NEED right in front of us. Hidden in plain sight, it takes a sideways glance, or a music lyric, or maybe the intensity of an incredible workout to wake us out of our slumber, and show us reality for a second. Gasping for breath, panting, and struggling for air, you look down and you see something BETTER than you were after…you see life as it REALLY is…in all it’s beauty. In the darkness, when times are tough, you still get to choose. You always have a choice…a choice to see the good, to see what is right there in front of you, to choose to silently smile and accept that happiness is available to you right here, right now, no matter your circumstance. In Buddhism Plain and Simple, Steve Hagen likens this to a feast set out before us, complete with every delight you can imagine. You can partake NOW, or at any moment of your choosing, and yet we complain of our hunger. We thirst for the water, the wine, and the milk and honey…that are set right in front of us. We complain because it’s familiar, and it doesn’t make waves. Everyone else is doing it, and so we have solidarity. It’s counter-culture to SNAP people out of us it and say what Marcus Aurelius said, “If it is endurable, endure it. Stop complaining.” What’s more counter-culture is to say, in earnest, to “WAKE UP!” It’s not a magic pill, and it doesn’t last long…maybe a second or two, but when you see that tiny glimpse of something beautiful, it’s time to breathe deep, take it in, and own that moment. If you ever catch someone smiling silently, take note. They know what we are talking about here. You get to choose, so choose to see the good.

#silentSmile #ffw #freedomFromWish #ChooseTheGood

Pilot Perspective

Pilots get a unique perspective.

On dark and stormy days, pilots are not bound to the earth, destined to get dumped on, peppered with hail, struck by millions of volts of electric lightning. In Take10, the headspace meditation app has an incredible visualization that hits the nail on the head. They liken the mind to a clear blue sky. Storms of emotions and thoughts and struggles sometimes block out that blue sky, but it’s still there, above it all. At any moment, when we are going though our own struggles, we can REMEMBER that the clear, blue sky is available to us…in THIS moment! Pilots get a unique perspective because on stormy days they may be stuck flying through THICK layers of stormy clouds, but this doesn’t usually last forever. By adding some thrust and power, the pilot can climb his craft and crest above it all, eliminating the chop and bumps associated with the storms. That “ahh!” moment when you hit clear skies feels like a deep breath. It’s a GREAT day again when you see the sun, faithful that the clear blue skies were there all along. You might see BILLIONS of stars in the cockpit on a clear night above it all.

Why does this matter?

No matter how stormy your day is, the clear blue sky is always available to you.

Take a deep, purposeful, focused breath IN…hold it…and let it OUT. Beautiful.

The rain…

It’s been raining the past couple days. Where we live it doesn’t do that very often so it’s an event any time it does rain. There’s something “grass is greener” about the weather hour region doesn’t usually get. Rain a lot where you are, in sure the random day of bright sunshine evokes the same appreciation for the “something different.”

Anyway, our small kids haven’t had the chance to play in the rain until now…it took some convincing, but rain boots and coats on they felt the cool water dripping and the exhilaration of jumping into foot deep puddles! Even the smell of humidity in the air brought up questions like, “Dad, what’s that smell? Peanut butter?” Kids are funny…they’ll relate to things they know…Adults are funny in much the same way.

Sitting out on the patio listening to the sound of rain pelting the house…daydreaming about real life thunderstorms and all their beautiful destruction…I felt so relaxed…and tired…rain has a drowsiness to it…right?

Winter is coming. 

#FFW