Showing posts with label happiness. Show all posts
Showing posts with label happiness. Show all posts

Monday, May 27, 2019

Life Lesson From A 9 Year Old

My son has a very special story, as many know. But his premature birth isn't really the topic of this discussion as much as his attitude about his life and circumstances. Most people are aware that he was born severely premature with the worst chances of survival and overcame it all; there's no need, at this point, to recount that. What's equally astounding is my son's view on life and how he decides to live each day, and I think the Gods, in part, gave him to us so that he could be an inspiration to the world. 

Many of us complain about more than we should from day to day. We don't like the weather, our jobs, our home life, whatever it may be. We might even let the traffic lights or the jerk tailgating us send our mind and emotions into rage and frustration. The First World, especially, has no lack of complainers. But people like my son, I think, are unique for two reasons. One, if anyone has a legitimate reason to be angry and sad, it's him. Life did not give him an easy start. He has lifelong problems and has been through painful surgery in the past. He also, for the most part, can't talk physically (although he has found other ways of communication), and at this point, we don't know if he'll ever have the typical life that normal people do. Of course, that's not to say he isn't a very smart boy, he is. But he is still special needs.

However, for two, my son is unique because he doesn't complain about it. He doesn't let anything slow him down. He doesn't care that he was born premature or that he has issues. In fact, on the surface, it appears as if he has no problems at all. He still runs in the open, laughs joyously at the sunlight, plays with his toys, and generally enjoys his life every day. He doesn't even demand anything from others except the food and drink he needs. All he wants is the energy to keep living. You won't find my son sitting his room lamenting and pouting over the cards life has dealt him, no. He finds the good wherever it is. He's the freest and happiest person I myself have ever known.

We should all be more like my son, who is brave enough to not let his circumstances define him. Who takes this life every day and makes it a happy one without letting anything stand in the way of that happiness, no matter how big or troublesome. He just loves life, and delights in all the wonderful things around him. Most importantly, he does this by choice. He could decide to not be joyful very easily, but I think that somewhere inside him, he knows life wasn't meant to be dismal.

In the Goodness of the Gods,
Chris Aldridge.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Negativity Will Destroy You - A Pagan Story

This picture is of my new car. It suffered significant front-end damage from unfortunate accidents last year and this year. I have the money to repair it, but haven't, because I often like to keep it as a reminder of where I used to be in life. Probably due in large part to my once uncontrolled and untreated depression and anxiety disorder, I used to be a very negative person. By negative, I mean regularly angry, normally complaining, fussing and fighting, and always looking at the bad side of everything. My new car was one of the things in my life that suffered consistent damage during this time, and they were freak accidents. The vehicle was actually struck a total of 4 or 5 times within a 6 month period, or thereabouts. The first was by the garbage truck as they were coming through for weekly pick-up, and the company paid for all of the damage which was over $700. The other two happened when my wife and I hit animals running out in the middle of the road at night, causing the damage you see in the photo. Finally, there are some minor scratches on the other side of the front-end and on the bumper where something had clearly struck or rubbed up against it. I never discovered the source.

Once I was treated and placed on regular medication for my mental issues, as many people know, my entire mood and perspective on life did a dramatic 180, and I became an extremely happy and positive person. My life completely altered and improved beyond anything I could have formerly believed. It's an amazing story to say the least. But once my new life started to take hold, I noticed that bad things stopped happening to me and the people and things I loved and held dear. For one, things stopped hitting my car. Good things began to pour into my life from many different directions and places, and at that moment I understood why I had been living a life where I thought the universe was out to get me.

When you are overtly or largely negative, it's going to attract to you, and create for you, nothing but negativity itself. And this will slowly destroy you and everything in your life. Mentally, emotionally, physically, and materialistically, it will take everything from you in the worst ways. In the Greek religion, we believe in something called miasma, and it basically means pollution or impurity. If this is not cleansed, it is believed that it can interfere with your connection to the Gods. If you think about it, this makes a lot of sense in my case. The more I embraced negativity, the more my life left the presence of the Gods, and therefore, left the presence of goodness and positivity, which allowed the opposite to flourish. I have since understood the immense importance of living a positive life with a good attitude.

I'm not saying you're never going to have a bad day, or that you should never be upset about anything, but when you allow said conditions to become your existence and control the fundamental things about your life, such as your personality and mentality, it's going to dissolve you.

In the Goodness of the Gods,
Chris.

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