I have a calendar that's rather annoying. Unlike your regular calendar that you flip once a month and it tells you the date and day it is, or perhaps if it's a holiday or maybe a full moon. Not this one. It has to be flipped every day. And everyday, it's encouraging me to be a better person. This evil calendar has inspirational quotes and reminders for each and every day of the year. Today's page reads "Contentment alone is enough. Indeed, the bliss of eternity can be found in your contentment."
When combined with everything else that has come my way today, I'm starting to get the message. Don't fight it. But at the same time, don't accept someone Else's contentment. What is right for one does not fit all. Find what makes you happy and enjoy the heck out of it.
For today's deceased, his calling was the military. He was a veteran of both World War 2 and the Korean War. He served our country for 30 years. His wife is the perfect military wife and he raised perfect military kids. Or did he? The US Navy did an amazing service graveside at the small country cemetery. There was a nice service, a fifteen gun salute, taps was played on the bugle (always get the tears) and an official flag folding and the presentation of the flag to the widow. There were tears in everyone's eyes. Except one. His son. Yes, he cried over the loss of his father. Just not the military service. His son was raised in the military and forced to enter upon his 18th birthday. Only problem was, it wasn't his calling. His father did a welcomed service to his country. But the son did the minimum and got out. He needed to find himself, not his father.
We all need to do that. We should not let our parents, church, girl or boyfriend dictate to us who we are. We all need to find ourselves. Only then will we be happy with ourselves. The bliss of eternity can be found in our own contentment.
And if you can't find yourself, then maybe you are looking too hard.
For me, my dictator was the church. And while I still have a love for Christ. It's your "Christian's" that I have a problem with all too often. There are so many that push just a little too hard. A true faith is something that comes from within. It can not come from someone else. And your true self, also comes from within. Each of us already knows what that is. It's only a matter of time before we are able to realize who we are and what our purpose is. It's when we stop fighting it and start accepting ourselves, that everything seems to start falling into place. And remember to stay flexible. Life is a constantly changing journey. Tomorrow may be completely different and you never know what it will bring. All we have is today... while we are still on the brighter side of the grave.