City of Roses
(smiles) In my experience, the first ingredient in living a life constantly filled with hope, promise and contentment is by cultivating your ability to live in the present. That is, not to always go on the defensive and always imagne that the grass is greener on the other side of the fence, but to think that there will always be green grass and budding crape myrtles where you stand. Being able to cope and stand in the present is the first part in my philosophy to keeping physically and mentally content.
Secondly, having said that, you can live in the present while also letting your imagination go wild. Long walks always offer great inspiration to me, and in fact are exactly what inspired a bulk of my "Emmanuel Endorphin" ideas. I see parts of Portland I haven't seen yet each week, as though my eyes are a 3-D Viewmaster, and twang new ideas away that sugar-coat the prisms under my skin, yay!
And when the weather is a bit choppy outside, I find dancing just for the fun of it is a wonderful alternative. I am a huge "Dance Dance Revolution" geek, and you'd be surprised at how even interpretive dance can get those creative juices flowing and make you feel good, given I am currently in my "Dance Dance Revolutionary" concept poetry set and story. Think of your favorite kind of dance and energize that ephebism away!
Thirdly, surely we all live by routine, but it doesn't mean you can't mix things up every day. So I accept the infrastructure by routine, while also juggling around the tasks that make up the substance of it. Rather than watch TV every evening, you could take a stroll right through a botanical garden, or volunteer at a rescue mission, or simply pirouette in the backyard gently catching fireflies. Yay!
Last off, while indeed there is much that isn't pretty in our current world, I keep an optimistic sense of mind, where I lead by Daniel L. Reardon's notion, "In the long run the pessimist may be proved right, but the optimist has a better time on the trip." It doesn't mean you have to dress yourself up in Teflon and a sauce pan helmet and declare, "Pangloss to the rescue!", but I just find that optimism inspires many ideas and serves a central heating system in your soul, whereas pessimism only hardens and sinews the rigidity of our defenses.
I actually coined a new word recently while producing the Evening News at KBOO Community Radio: sagittaricize. It, of course, is based on the astrological sign Sagittarius, which optimism, the pursuit of knowledge and a sense of wonder is linked to. (My sun sign is Scorpio and my moon sign is Cancer, but three of my planets Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune are all in Sagittarius) Once it is accepted into the Oxford English Dictionary, the textbook definition will be, "Injecting a positive truth and spirit into an otherwise bleak atmosphere." Often I hear from so many how the news is so depressing and lacks that sense of spirituality and capability feeling, and so every wednesday when producing I become the "Sagittaricizer" and find positive, uplifting stories to even out the broadcast content, whether it be great things our troops are doing in Iraq, science and medical breakthroughs, Locks for Love charities, Angel Food Ministries, etc. So you can adopt my word, if you want, and experiment "sagittaricizing" your day.
Yay, hope that helped, dearest friend, yay!
"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other"