This WordPress community overflows with talented bloggers. We are fortunate to learn from and appreciate one another via our virtual ‘works.’ Truth be acknowledged, some of us have our favorites.
To welcome 2015 I invited Randy Collis to guest author on this blog. His philosophies and photography have mesmerized many, as evidenced in his stunning posts at China Sojourns Photography. In my opinion, his posts are equal parts wisdom, beauty and inspiration. Following are his welcome words. Thank you, Randy.
The New Year ~ these three words bring inspiration and even desperation for many. A New Year can mean an opportunity to re-set life or to continue an upwards trajectory.
It is exciting as it is terrifying, planning a path of success for 2015. New decisions to be made; decisions that twist stomachs and souls like nothing else as the fear of failure and consequences await.
The more we dwell on resolutions, the more we get lost in the minutiae and over time, the hope the New Year brings turns to fear.
As resolutions are broken comes the harsh sting of disappointment with a slice of depression. We are thrown off the path we had imagined.
Resolutions tend to be rigid, doomed for failure. Instead, focus on a couple of concepts that will bring happiness: creativity and flow.
Creativity exists everywhere. A simple walk around a neighborhood, along a stream or in the woods, and a mind can not help but open up with new thoughts.
To create something new within family, within work or within writing – photography – music or art, gives the mind something to savor. Every day, nature creates a new palette for us to explore.
With creativity, it becomes possible to flow. Instead of bouncing around between the relentless din of technology and screams of customers, suppliers and colleagues ~ step away and flow like water.
Reflect on Daoist philosophy: where “water has no desire other than to be itself.” Water is in harmony with stress and pressure; using it to flow where it needs to go…
- Try to pick water up, control and squeeze it, and it will elude.
- If water remains still, it becomes stagnate ~ to flow is its nature.
- When it flows it becomes pure ~ and when we flow, our spirit and life tends to flourish.
Therefore, never fret about the proper path to take. Instead, get lost in nature and get lost in yourself. Allow the creative flow to wash away the pressure of trying to ‘find the right path’.
As for which path to take, it is human nature to second-guess and wonder about decisions made. Personally, I’ve been intrigued by “what if?” questions.
What if I would have done this or that…where would I be today?
Would I still be happy?
Could I have gone down a dark road instead?
In another time and another place, different situations would leave no doubt I would have flowed down a different path.
I am intrigued by the idea of multiple universes, so I imagine that there is another me “out there” in a very different situation than I am now ~ perhaps not any better or worse (for who is to judge), just very different.
Differences in the inevitable wild rides between highs and lows that define life, but still pursuing the goal of happiness.
This thought excites me, makes me think of the potential of tomorrow and to create a better “me” today.
Finding that creative flow pushes aside petty jealousies or anger at perceived slights that do nothing but steal away pieces of life.
Keep it simple and take it slow.
There is an inside joke I have with a few friends (business partners) in China, and that is the similarity of my life with Forest Gump. I listen. I trust. I try to live life well, and somehow through ‘non-action’ (flowing) create a situation where ahead of me are paths, no matter which direction they head, each can lead me to happiness.
And then I just flow along with life; creating and watching as decisions make themselves.