Thoughts for a New Season
Having just enjoyed a fantastic turkey feast and a good beer, I’ve plonked down on the sofa in the company of family, music, and some long-desired moments of care-free thought. I like this time of year.
Even though a lot of people consider New Year’s a time for contemplation and change, I find that Winter is naturally my favorite and most thoughtful season, and it usually begins for me around Thanksgiving. This holiday, as I mentioned in my previous entry, lends itself to taking a moment for contemplation. But not in a sad way. In a joyful way.
I’m contemplating, right now as I look out the living room window at the beautiful mountains calmly fading into night, just how much I have to be grateful for. So much has gone right for me and I know, despite inevitable setbacks and challenges, I have a bright future. Maybe someone older or more experienced would consider that a naive sentiment, or even unrealistic, but I think it is probable and born out of a healthy optimism. Oftentimes, if we believe the positive reality we create in our minds, we will bring that reality into existence in our lives and the lives of others.
“Be the change you wish to see in the world,” is perhaps an overused quotation, easier said than done, but if I put those words into practice on a personal level, I believe I will reap the benefits in the long-term. It is certainly easier to criticize what we see wrong with the world and in our own lives than to enact change. But if we take the time to consider where we are and where we could be, if we are willing to work, I find myself pleasantly surprised to find there are far more dreams within my reach than I ever realized before.
But more importantly, I am grateful for what I already have. To be in a place of contentment, and yet still yearning for new adventures and discovery in life, is a fine balance for me. It provides me with satisfaction with where I am, but encourages me to never settle for what is easily attained, when some of the greatest experiences in life can be achieved by those who push their boundaries.