In recent times I have come to realize I am too darn serious much of the time. Of course, I laugh at a good joke, flash a smile and interact with others. However, when left to myself the expression I exhibit is overly solemn, even grim I have been told. Once awareness of being this way began, sorting out why came soon after. Simply, I get wrapped up in thought, focused inwardly and far too often am “future-tripping” or “wallowing in the past” with little awareness in the present moment. When I allow myself to get caught up in either the “before or after of now” what comes is either some sort of fear or regret to pull me inside myself. I am learning to mentally say “stop doing it” and reset myself to the current moment when I need to and guess what: I am not just happier on the inside but am told I look it on the outside a lot more too!
Self is the only prison
that can ever bind the soul.
Henry Van Dyke
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