When we face fear in the eyes, the fear goes away.
Most everyone has a phobia, whether it is darkness, heights, or speaking in front of a crowd. But the real fear is our ignorance of what we fear. A dark, silent room is welcoming when we are tired. A bejeweled insect is beautiful when examined closely. A stranger from another country can become a best friend when one discovers shared humor or favorite foods.
As I walk west in the evening I admire the orange sun descending behind a mountain. At the same instant, it is possible that a person walking east may enjoy the birth of the moon rising above leafy trees. Even if we walk together in the same direction, the sun may feel inviting to one yet glaring to the other. The moon may inspire wonder to one yet evoke loneliness to another.
When something “happens,” it is only relative to the observer. Feelings of love and reverence can be feelings of fear for another. Happiness to one may be anxiety for someone else. We create what “happens” from within ourselves.
No matter what we face, it is difficult for us to share the same experience. How wonderful it is when we laugh, are in awe, or contemplate in unison. How beautiful the instant we collide into another’s universe like the notes of a symphony. We must relish these moments.
Every day, how many times have we misinterpreted kindness for rudeness, generosity for selfishness, or courage for fear? And why is it so difficult for us to agree on what we have experienced? Why does a particular image or sound bring joy to one and sadness to another? During the rare occasions when we see eye to eye, I suggest we say, “I am glad you were here to experience this with me.”
Life is like a silver dish. In the dish lies every delicacy, dream, and joy one can imagine. Everything in the universe is contained within this dish although its shiny glare can temporarily blind us of its treasures. This dish is available to everyone. All we need to do is reach inside.
There is nothing stopping you from achieving all the happiness and success that life is ready to give you. Just be thankful. Just see the precious objects and beautiful people who already surround you. Just open your eyes.
When you see a star you are peering into the past. Because the star is so far away it takes million of years for the light of the star to reach your eye. When you see the star you’re not looking at what it looks like now. You’re looking at what it was millions of years ago.
You are a time traveler.
One of these days we may understand that every moment of time lives in this very moment. Whether we are here for one hundred more minutes or one hundred more years, we must live our lives to the fullest. We must enjoy those we love. Our entire lives may be contained in the moment one is reading this.
Words have the power to encourage, inspire and heal. They have tremendous influence when written, and even more so when heard. Words can transform us. We never forget beautiful words that are spoken to us.