Spiritual truths often arrive wearing unexpected disguises. It’s wrong to assume that the only way to get ‘there’ is by sitting in deep meditation on a mountaintop. True, that method might work for you, but there are limitless ways to arrive at some of the deeper understandings about the nature of Life that don’t require walking traditional routes. Take painting for example . . .
Each one of our precious, unique Lives are essentially works in progress . . . collectively composed of little 'chips' here and there applied over long stretches of time. And ever-so-slowly with great patience and a continuously evolving sense of inner understanding, forms take shape, things and ideas gradually make more sense . . . destinies become more clearly defined.
Aiming for excellence in your chosen field is the sign of a Master craftsman in the making . . . but striving for perfectionism almost always guarantees a zero return on your efforts. If sheer output stands as a legacy of living a full creative Life, then the only thing a perfectionist typically has to show for his/her good intentions are a bunch of projects left undone.
I once paid for a round-trip flight from Los Angeles to Hawaii - about $600 at the time - and I did it all with my loose change. Trust me, small things definitely add up. Even an idea that begins small can, with time and dedication, slowly blossom into something much bigger.
Your eyes - those deceptive things lodged in our heads - get so used to seeing things in a certain prescribed way, that it’s almost like they become blind or lazy to what’s right in front of them. Unless of course you shake things up a bit by looking at it all differently . . . like upside down.
Most of us have been taught that Happiness exists out there in the external world . . . a ‘great’ job, lots of money, a mansion on the hill, power over others, fame, an alluring partner, etc. But it’s actually the opposite: authentic happiness begins withinand extends outward into the world. That’s a major reason why so many people are mixed-up and unhappy these days . . . they’ve got it all backwards.