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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Deciding to Live a Good Life


It almost sounds ludicrous, doesn't it? Living a good life depends on a number of factors being in place and that isn't necessarily always the case. Living a good life means major problems have been solved, or simply don't form part of the tapestry of your life. Living a good life means your loved ones are safe and sound, your own primary relationship is intact and - if not blooming - at least it is planted in frequently fertilized soil, and the state of your finances is healthy.

Obviously that is not always the case and therefore many readers will protest and say: How can you decide to live a good life if you just had bad news about your father's health? How can you decide to live a good life if your finances are in turmoil? How can you decide to live a good life if the political party that is in power in your country is making a shambles of the economy? How can you decide to live a good life if your relationship is in trouble?

Well, I have news for you. It is fully possible to live a good life even when other external factors are not as described above. It is 'merely' a question of deciding that it be so. There are quotation marks around the word merely because I am fully aware that this word may imply monumental changes in your life, and yet, again, it is merely a question of making a decision in order that those changes take place.

Here are some of them:
  • making conscious awareness part of your life (by practicing mindfulness, for example)
  • choosing all your reactions to everything from a place of conscious awareness
  • practicing gratitude at all times
  • learning to forgive
Putting all of these into practice signifies that you will be able to decide to live a good life - perhaps not immediately, as all of this requires practice, patience, intention, attention, and wisdom - but certainly in time. Whether you live a good life is not dependent on your outer circumstances, but on the choices you make inside of you.

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