Friday, December 26, 2008

The Honeymoon Stage

I have been getting some very positive and negative feeds on my happiness with being on the island. Claims say I am in my "honeymoon stage," and that it will pass (mainly people that don't live on the island!) or hopefully I can keep this refreshing attitude (the comments vary). I am going to point out that I value every ones opinion, good or bad, without them I would not learn. So to all thank you, and know this is not an attack but a post just to acknowledge the "honeymoon stage" epidemic, that certainly does happen.

If you do not already know, the "honeymoon stage" is a time of bliss or a momentary lapse of reality in the state of being allotting you a vision and feeling of utopia, in where you are located (especially if it is somewhere new, mentally as well). It is an overwhelming feeling of joy and happiness that we humans are not use to feeling, so it is categorized as a "stage."

With all of this, I want to point out my MY "honeymoon stage." Yes, Jeju Island is very beautiful, with clean air, relaxed people, and a numerous amount of wonders to behold, but it is not about the island for me. I could be in Africa, helping sick children or educating the people, or in Virginia (or anywhere else in the US) for PETA, to stop the cruelty and torture to animals. BUT IT WAS ABOUT ME FOLLOWING MY HEART.

I was called here for a reason, a reason beyond the "honeymoon stage." I listened to my heart, followed it, and began the process of being in service to others, God, spirituality, my soul, awareness, and love.
See, life is more than about yourself, or what you accomplish, it is about helping others (as well as yourself) so that the impact reaches through all of us. We are all connected, and everyone and everything feeds and lives off each other. Imagine if we could live in happiness and joy, and accept all of our weakness and shortcomings. We would all be happy and joyful, we would all accept each other, and live with forgiveness and compassion.

I am not trying to preach or claim rights, but look at the world we live in...even if we do small things those small things affect other things and the ripple continues. In order to accept others, we must accept ourselves. And in order to grow, we must help others grow.

Debbie Ford explains in her marvellous book "The Best Year of Your Life" that, "We must take the time to listen to the cries of our own soul and have the faith to make changes and take risks. We must open our hearts where they've been previously closed and find forgiveness and compassion for those in need of our love....To live a life of excellence, you will have to take risks. You will have to step into new territory and climb new mountains. If you're up to something that's as big as you are, it;s going to be scary. If it feels perfectly safe, you are probably underachieving."

So in the end of it all, I want to live in my "honeymoon stage" forever, never letting go and appreciating everyday, every moment. Things don't always go my way, and life is very different here. But I am open and alive; I followed my path, my heart. Why would I ever want to give that up! It is important to listen, and I hope everyone, everyday lives in awareness and happiness.

With my warmest blessings

1 comment:

RunningJas said...

Hi Lori, how are you? My name is Jason and I will actually be coming to teach on Jeju in March. I enjoy reading your blog and don't get discouraged by people giving you a hard time. It's all what you make of it and I think it is great you are able to enjoy yourself and the island so much. I look forward to meeting you when I get there! -Jason