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The Other Side

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If a person stood at the top of a mountain to look into the surroundings, they would get one perspective. Likewise, if another person stood on another mountain and looked in a different direction to admire all the beauty, they would get another perspective. Not until each viewer opted to travel into the other person's territory would they realize that the view is every bit as amazing as their own view. Additionally, neither would comprehend the experience that comprised the other person's journey.

This last week, I encountered a few travelers who insist that all of life can be viewed from one vantage point and no other. And that looking at life with rosy glasses is, well... let's say silly on my part, or at best a "dream." It seems that some have become so entrenched in viewing a glass half empty, they no longer can grasp the concept of it possibly being half full or entirely full as I, for one, see it in my mind's eye. Life mysteriously keeps revealing to me that when I put my energy in visualizing the glass as full, the glass actually overflows with more than my share of its content. Then I have no choice but to rejoice for its unexpected result. How could one who has learned to admire life in this way go back to anything other than?

What I know for sure is that not until I embrace what life brings can I ask life to get me what I want. When I say "yes" to all of it, without labeling as "good" or "bad," I open the door into the unexpected, the miraculous realm of possibilities beckoning me to step outside of my comfort zone, and expand beyond the limitations I have defined for myself. When this happens, then I understand that I have traveled into the "other side" and have a new appreciation for the journey, fully grasping that my own intentions took me there. In the words of Confucius, "I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand".

One cannot imagine what having a full glass is all about until one goes through the motions of envisioning such a mirage. For that matter, one cannot fathom a world of peace and harmony if one is unwilling to place it in one's mind as a possibility. We are all called upon to travel to the "other side," leaving behind the port of "Fears," wearing our most optimistic regalia, trusting the winds of life to deliver us into the land where love abounds. Remember to travel light, as every forward move takes place with only one breath, one "yes."

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