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Random thoughts

Saturday, October 30, 2004

Happy

Things that make me happy right now:

1. Looking at recent pictures of me and my friends: Pau's Visit
2. Buying and wrapping Christmas gifts (Yes, friends, I've gotten gifts for some of you already! I've been bitten by the Christmas bug early. Also, Thanksgiving is coming up and I'm going to be busy preparing for that, and for our Christmas celebration, so I have to do this early.)
3. A friend I haven't seen in awhile might be coming in for Christmas.
4. Listening to Sarah Mclachlan's songs, even though they're a little on the sad side. This is my psychotic side acting up.
5. Making people laugh. I love spending time with Bruno, John's dad, because the littlest thing I say makes him laugh. Then he pats my hand and says, "You're a good girl." Today too, I was able to make Marc, who went Christmas shopping with me, laugh out loud, and that was rewarding.
6. Planning the Mammoth trip. I can't wait! Four whole days in Mammoth, half of which will probably be spent falling on my ass! Cool! :D

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I am afraid that this phlog is already getting too serious, but I really am too lazy to make a private blog right now, so I'll just write one more serious train of thought (written at 4:00 am today!), and maybe, just maybe, that will be it. I wouldn't want people reading this and going away with a heavy heart. Avert your eyes if this is not your thing. Here goes:

There is no way to be still except by trusting God or whatever higher being a person believes in. If we lack this trust, we are essentially saying that our fate is in our own hands and we inevitably start to worry about issues that we just have no control over. And in so doing, we fall into the trap of frustration and continue to be constantly disappointed.

The key is to let go, to surrender to the unknown, that which we cannot predict or control. This doesn't mean doing nothing and letting chance govern our lives completely. We must always do the best we can in every situation. But when we find ourselves in a vicious struggle to reach a certain goal, we must learn to detach ourselves and open our hearts and minds to other possibilities. Life is not just one straight path; it is a series of twists and turns, and there is never just one ending. And the sooner we accept this, the more we can welcome happiness into our own lives.

Be still and find peace in every situation. God's plan will unravel in time, and your journey's beauty, worth and purpose will be known.

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Now all that's left for me to do is to actually follow what I've written above.

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