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Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all. ― Helen KellerThe Open Door

Image by Jennifer Fifield

Full Blog Series: The Joyful Path

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The Joyful Path

cropped-img_0127.jpgNew Year’s Day, I had the idea to begin a blog series, The Joyful Path, that would serve as a meditative, peaceful space – featuring some of life’s simple and lovely things. It made me quite happy to know I would be embarking on such a positive project. And… maybe my followers would enjoy it as well. Whether it’s a gorgeous flower, a child’s silly smile, or the unique orange shade of a sunset, I plan to complete 108 posts this year that feature photography, poetry, or quotes. Wishing you peace this new year! — Jennifer ♥

When I despair…

When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it–always. – Mahatma Gandhi

Let’s do this

photo-1428677361686-f9d23be145c9This was the last time, he promised.

This had to be the absolute last time. He would land this one and this would be it. He just needed to get through it one more time. And it would be the very last time. Ever.

The excitement of this thought pulsed through him. He had to make this one count.

He realized that his shoulders were sky-high, so he dropped them, and took in a deep breath – the diaphragmatic kind. The kind they say you should do when you are flipping the fuck out.

He clicked the back button of his iPod to find what he needed. The initial melody always made him think he had picked the wrong song. But when the piano ended, the words he needed were right there.

This time would be different. It would be exciting. It would nourish him. He would try harder. He would remember the others. He would remember the struggle.

The lyrics began to seep deep inside of him, Look, if you had one shot, or one opportunity, to seize everything you ever wanted. In one moment, would you capture it, or just let it slip?

He pushed “up” on the volume button so that he could belt the words. So that he could slip into his state of readiness.

There was no way he was not getting this. This was all his.

He screamed, You better lose yourself in the music, the moment, you own it, you better never let it go, you only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow, this opportunity comes once in a lifetime.

As he approached, he bellowed the last – and his favorite – part, Success is my only motherfucking option, failure’s not.

Let’s do this.

 

 

By Jennifer A. Fifield

Italicized song lyrics by Eminem, Lose Yourself

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