A Life worth living… NM

Wednesday, May 20th, 2020

“The demand for happiness and the patient quest for it” isn’t a luxury or a mere need but our existential duty.
~ Albert Camus ~

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The “Carlsbad Caverns”… One of “Mother Nature’s” most grandiose undertaking. Just a few miles away.

I have always maintained that the aspects facing us throughout our Life demands us to be responsible towards ourselves in more ways than one. How many times have we heard as within a relationship for example “I need you to make me … I need you…”. Fill in the blank! Physically first at best as we can throughout our food consumption, exercise with the present abilities of our vehicle “our body” including our hygiene, and mentally keeping a true awareness unlike only skimming the surface of our journey, while such awareness must be comprised of honest and true to form values. It is a mouthful! Isn’t? It sounds hard but it is not. I personally don’t feel as it is.

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The values! That one is a long list. Core values are the guiding principles of our life that helps us determine our behavior, words, and actions. I don’t think most of us are even remotely aware how long the list is. Upbringing, schooling, engrained genes and positive directions taken, falling on our face more than once for sure, hopefully can make us check out each box. Fortunate the ones that can. It is not offered on a silver platter. It is the fruit of our directional path taking years to achieve.

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It is a “phenomenon” which arises these days, the culprit of its stage being the years passed. Yes, back to that word! The excuses to confront and instead make a right or a left or even for that matter a U turn are always of so many. I have used them at times myself. I am as guilty as the next person sitting next to me. As “Albert Camus” said so well within his timeless philosophical pages published throughout the past century,

“In a world whose absurdity appears to be so impenetrable, we simply must reach a greater degree of understanding among men, women, a greater sincerity.”

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We owe to ourselves to wear and experience this Life worthy of Living regardless of its adversities. “One Life… One Chance…”. We owe ourselves to be filled with “happiness” and lets add to it “Peace”. Should I write this list for myself as a constant reminder? Should I plaster it on my walls? I wonder. It has become more important than ever. As having had to give up physical entities, as again my thoughts converse with myself bringing up the fact that I have much less to live than I have lived, there is certain pride towards these days to feel that I have indeed achieved some “good” in life, something “worthy” of existence and not just the banal nine to five round trip to the office, the evenings passed plumped in front a giant screen going through a twelve pack, the weekends entertaining the neighbors in the backyard amongst the smoke of hamburgers and hot dogs grilling, loudly overtaken by nuts and bolts and weather talks…

Principles A

Principles B

Who would have ever guessed there would be over 400 values to take stock of, on hopefully regular basis while having the task to make the necessary changes aligning our life with the most important ones. I have to live in harmony with those values, I feel as it is the only possibility to create a fertile environment for happiness, peace of mind and a personal success, emphasize on “personal” and not as a “Social Media Star” as so many only brightened by the screen of their computers aspire, as then maybe I can live authentically without confusion, guilt or shame.

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Sometimes as this morning, I wonder why I write “this”, these pages. A deep question I often ask myself and yet, honestly, pretty much know the answer. They keep me within the yellow lines of this road which is never a straight one as its hairpin turns are often a surprise facing me. I cannot, as they say “be asleep at the wheel”!

Here is hoping none of us are…

Stay well

Ara and always Spirit 
… may he rest eternally in Peace.  

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6 Responses to “A Life worth living… NM”

  1. Judith Says:

    The only reason I can imagine writing or posting what you call “this” would be in hopes of sending a little ping out into the universe and having it resonate in some way and come back to me. Like those little signals astronomers send out from time to time. Maybe you have another reason? Whatever, I’m glad you’re doing it

  2. Ara & Spirit Says:

    Yes, Judith, little pings which bounce back to us and keeps on on the path. I find it important in my own Life anyhow. I think the expression is “in check”? Hope you are doing well. Stay afloat! Thanks for writing. Ara

  3. Pam (Zelda) Says:

    Ah, to reflect on life worth living as we wander through Carlsbad Caverns, thanks to your photos. I’ve never been there, but the Caverns are on my bucket list. Here at home most of the time, I notice a dramatic change in attention to necessities of daily life. Suddenly we realize that we have the time to think and reflect on the good things and memories that we are grateful for. I still hope to see Carlsbad Caverns someday, but if I don’t, I am grateful to you, Ara, for the tour and words of gratitude you shared in your post.

  4. malcom dayton Says:

    Ara, I have read your wonderful book “Freedom on Both Ends of the Leash”..having grown up in Az. I understand the descriptions of the desert beauty.
    I would leave you with the thought that your understood heartaches of your losses are understood by most everyday people that have lost family, or someone close…You have written that down, shared where you have come from, any many hear you/ feel you clearly. Your wonderful and lengthily adventure travel is your way of turning your losses into the moment reality of dealing with that pain…you were lucky to find Spirit to share that conversion and in turn share your salvation/healing with us readers. I think you were successful with that. We all at the ending of our time here come to have losses that hurt; Your sharing of yours helps us all. I thank you for that, and thank you for sharing your personal life with so many, you will never know how big of a gift that is.
    Peace and Blessing to you Sir,

  5. Ara & Spirit Says:

    Thank You Malcom. I don’t come here as often as I use to. The transition has been difficult to say the least, yet, Life goes on. Happy Holidays if you read this. Stay well.

  6. malcom dayton Says:

    We all miss your words. What is the next chapter in your life that you can share, to share and help our path
    thank you Ara

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