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What’s Your Comfort Level?

Have you ever thought about your own personal comfort level with various people?  Some people don’t like to be touched, some have never met a stranger and hug everyone they come in contact with.  Me, I fall somewhere in the middle but I tend to lean toward being a hugger.  Especially if I’m being introduced to extended family or close friends of family.  However, there are certain people who I don’t hug.  In fact, there are some out there that I don’t even want to be within arms length of, let alone touch.

I don’t trust very many people in this world and if I don’t know you, you can bet that I don’t trust you.  Sometimes, I trust you even less after I get to know you.  The thing that I just don’t understand and simply cannot wrap my mind around is the fact that there are some people out there who trust people way too much.  They believe that people will more often than not make the right decision and do good.  They believe in second chances and the benefit of the doubt and saving people.

Now, don’t get me wrong.  I believe in those things, too.  I’m a self-proclaimed believer in the greater good of mankind and I have perpetual hope, but I also know when to draw the line on that faith, too.  Other people, not so much.  Maybe I’m just paranoid.  Maybe I’m crazy.  Maybe I’m cold-hearted.  I don’t know.  But I know I’m not gonna be the one who’s taken out because I’m too trusting or because I’m not paying attention to what’s going on around me.

I’m still gonna love with all my heart and believe with every fiber in my being in those certain people who I have that perpetual faith in, but my comfort level with the rest of the world will probably remain on high alert.

So, I’m curious.  What’s your comfort level?

 

Getting Older

How many of you out there view each birthday as a dreaded, evil day that should just come and go with no recognition or celebration?  Not me.  I love birthdays.  In fact, I look forward to them and always have for as long as I can remember.  I don’t lie about my age and I don’t try to avoid my special day in order to feel younger.  I’ve never looked at age negatively as a deciding factor about my beauty or intelligence or validity in life.  It’s really been just the opposite.  With each passing year, I feel more beautiful, both inside and out.  Smarter and wiser regarding education, emotional growth, and common sense.  And with each passing year, I feel that my life’s purpose grows and expands to include not only my own personal endeavors, but the outreach and help of others that cross my path.

Now, that’s not to say that I’m some knockout, drop dead gorgeous woman.  Or that I’m becoming a genius or a natural whiz in any particular area.  Or that my life is more important than anyone else’s out there.  It just means that I’m smart enough to recognize these things in myself, which in turn makes it easier for me to recognize these qualities in others.

I’m hoping that this year will be a year of exceptional growth as a human being and that I’ll be blown away by something in this world that will touch my soul in its deepest depths.  Something that will inspire me to be a better person and strive to see the best that every human being has to offer.

For those of you who know me personally, you know just how tall of an order this is for me.  I am, after all, a realist.  A realist with perpetual hope and faith in the greater good.  Perhaps that’s an oxymoron of sorts.  Maybe those things aren’t supposed to exist in one package.  But that’s who I am.

So, although I can’t tell you what I wished for when I blew out the candles on my birthday cake, I can tell you this.  I’m hoping that this year, 2012, will be one of my best years to date.  No matter what happens, good and bad, I’m gonna continue to have my perpetual hope and faith in all people and things that cross my path.

Prepare for the worst and hope for the best.

After all, I am a realist.

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