Wednesday Wisdom: Find Your Own Paradise

My goals in life aren’t dependent on a career path, location, income level or tax bracket. I’ve always wanted two things: to live in a beautiful place and to be happy. I was blessed to be born and raised in Southern California, but as soon as I flew the nest I jetted off to the nearest paradise: Oahu, Hawaii. And I’ve been here ever since, plus or minus a few adventures in between.

Paradise is a place so easily used to define Hawaii’s cool breezes, warm sands, turquoise beaches and clear skies. While we do live our lives here surrounded by palm trees, constant surf and 75-80 degree weather, real life does  occur. We work, pay bills, wash dishes, cook dinner – which is why it’s crucial that it’s paradise for me.

Paradise isn’t a physical place, but a state of mind. It’s a place or thing that allows us to escape the grim grip of reality and enjoy some happiness. It can be an activity, like meditation or our yoga practice, time with our children, a much-needed vacation. When we incorporate our own sense of paradise into our daily life, it can bear fruit in the form of inner peace and happiness into our general sense of self.

What I love is that there’s such blessings in every place and interest. Some people are happy as can be in the snowy Colorado mountains, because they love snowbarding or skiing; others love living in the desert and dirtbiking or four wheeling. I once had a friend that was from Hawaii and moved to the middle of nowhere in Montana and bought a horse ranch – and she’s happier than ever. That’s her paradise, and she had the courage to find it.

Find your own paradise. Enjoy life and live it fully.

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