Monday, May 17, 2010

UPS AND DOWNS

Life has been very interesting lately, full of financial challenges and uncertainty.  But is that really any different from the new normalcy?  Our individual lives tend to mirror what's happening at a larger societal level, and for the past year things have been very gloomy for both society and me.

How to pull ourselves out of the doom and gloom?  First comes the realization that where we are in life is mostly the result of our own decisions.  I've made some pretty bad ones over the years, many to gratify my ego when I should have been listening to logic.  Many of the big decisions in life are emotional ones:  which house to buy, which person to partner with, even which career to follow.

But enough about me...where are you in your life's journey?  Are you pleased with your current position?  If not, know that you can shape your reality by envisioning what you want it to be and then live as if it were already true.  William James said if we want to be a happy person, we need to act like one.  If our actions follow our thoughts, then surely the reverse must be true.

We must be able to create and believe in hope - otherwise, what's the point?

Here's one of my favorite images from a recent trip to New Orleans.  The fleur-de-lis, the symbol of the Bourbon family which was given the original land grant for Louisiana, has become the symbol of the resurgence of post-Katrina New Orleans.  This angel is in one of the historic above-ground cemeteries there.  I like the playfulness of the Mardi Gras beads on it, the juxtaposition of life and death, and the fleur-de-lis emerging from the shadow in the background reminding us that hope is always possible:



-bjd

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