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#86: Where is Your Paradise?

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Where is your paradise?

For Jimmy Buffet it is Margaritaville. For singer Tony Bennett it's San Franciso where he left his heart. For Santa Claus it's the North Pole. Where is yours?

For many years I have believed my paradise would be a mountain cabin and a beach front cottage.

The mountains for the fresh air and beautiful vistas, the peacefulness of an early morning with mist covering the valley, the serenity of the evening filled with the sounds of owls and other nocturnal animals and the appreciation of the powerful forces needed to create such magnificent heights.

The beach for the wonder of the vastness of the ocean, the feel of warm sand between my toes, the calming swish of the tides as they break on the shore and for the appreciation of how insignificant many things in life are compared to the mighty waters of the earth.

These are where my paradise would be under ideal conditions. But life doesn't always deal us ideal conditions. So, what do we do?

Perhaps we should make ourselves comfortable with the life we have, dreaming of course of our perfect paradise but understanding that our lives are what they are, not what they are not. Perhaps this realization will allow us to be at peace with ourselves and our unique situations in life.

In the mean time we can always dream and hope and pray and wish for our paradise. Mine are the mountain cabin and beach front cottage.

Where is your paradise?
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    Paradise, for me, is being surrounded by family and friends, and it really doesn't matter to me where that is.

    Two things came to mind after reading your insightful blog. One: Bloom where you're planted. Two: Actually, I don't have a sense of needing anything personally. I've learned by now to be quite content whatever my circumstances.
    I'm just as happy with little as with much, with much as with little. I've found the recipe for being happy whether full or hungry, hands full or hands empty. (Philippians 4:11-12 MSG) I think both of these mentalities require Godly contentment, something I hope to have always.

    4176 days ago
    my paradise is vegas ... yep, i love the artificiallity and the gaudieness ... maybe i have a sickness ...
    4176 days ago
    Come on Lou, I thought you would say paradise was at the bowling alley!

    If you can't move to the two places you mentioned then bring them to you. Put a beautiful mountain scene in your living room to get lost in your thoughts in . Buy a tape with crushing waves to listen to while you relax. That is really good that you are in touch with what you like.

    Paradise to me is being able to spend my life in my own way.
    Pursuing my dreams
    Moments of happiness
    Doing what I enjoy doing like reading your blogs. LOL
    Have a great day! Joy

    4177 days ago
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    "Home is where the heart is" and I believe that as long as you are loving God and receiving His love, paradise is wherever you find yourself.
    4177 days ago
    Paradise is right here in my own backyard. (And inside my house too. LOL) I thank the Lord everyday for what I have. Good blog.
    4177 days ago
    I have found maybe not paradise, but more the Garden Of Eden, in the middle of 40 acres. We built our dream home here afew years ago, and just love it. The deer and squirrels roam freely and the wildflowers are amazing. I just love all my huge old Oak trees.
    4177 days ago
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