How much goodness and grace does it take?

“It is likely that life will always hold varying levels of frustrations and annoyances – but we can learn to honestly witness ourselves. In the story of our life, from one moment to the next, we can elect to be a good actor or bad actor. We do have the wherewithal to choose to be more than just pawns to our internal and external encumbrances. We can choose how frustrated and annoyed we become and by what fashion we display such feelings: Life can be without destructive and debilitating anger…in utilizing truly substantive healthful loving compassion and empathy. It can be done, through a meaningful acceptance – a realistic healthful empathy and optimism complemented by a lack of co-dependency. When someone wrongs us, we can be a good, healthful model and learn how to truly mean it: as is commonly said, “two wrongs don’t make a right.” We can lovingly act to never give in…and we need not ever ‘bend-over.’

It is easier to accomplish all of this when we can embrace the notion that each of us has historically ‘rocked the boat’ – and will likely do so again. It is easier to forgive ourselves for past infractions, when, in the here-and-now, we can display honest and well-meaning empathy and forgiveness for similar behavior in others. In the traditions herein, this healthful mien is viewed as being in direct congruence with the true responsibility of supporting others – and one aspect of an honest and loving true freedom.

While it is evident that ‘nothing is perfect’ herein this life, we can healthfully choose to learn to interpret things in a more and more unblemished and selfless light – a light which can become brighter and brighter and brighter. Once again, the greatest gift of all is that there is always room for improvement – deeper insight. Taking advantage of this ‘gift’ is exercising true freedom on a next-to-perfect level. And, in addition to that being said, it would be easy to say that such is as good as it gets on this Earth – but it would be dishonest and misleading. It does get better still, and better. And at such a point, it is traditional in these arts to reflect a bit of profundity which truly and honestly is meant in a spirit of heartfelt respect and appreciation:

“The Way that can be told is not the eternal way…the Way that can be told is the
Mother of all (material and tangible) things (which can separate us).”

The following handed-down analogy sets forth the detail in a seemingly strange and possibly distressful fashion:

The Way manifests in the madman screaming, “If the stars are not words, then stop calling them stars.”

Some things can only be (truly) understood by witnessing – whether it be of this Earth and the living story thereof, or in a glimpse of heaven.

Both levels of…(?) existence have commonalities, and there are many means by which to make this world a better place. Albeit, all meaningful ways as such are inclusive of these things: True Freedom, aka the accumulation of light and lightness, and its almost-unblemished and/or genuinely unblemished true love and true responsibility of universal compassion and healthfully-balanced empathy. As said, there are many means by which to make the world a better place – but all meaningful ways, to be exact, are inclusive of this level of grace and the freedom to artfully appreciate what we have.

This living awareness is among the pinnacles of true health, as described in the following saying (which is symbolic of life and all of its potential in connecting-the-healthful-dots):

The Lotus Flower Blossoms

‘There is a place where, wherever you are there, whatever you are doing…no matter what, in any given moment, there should be nowhere you would rather be.

It is where you are right now – and you have the ability to so deeply and artfully appreciate your life and its living…to connect one healthful insight to the next, and make them all one…learning to witness this already-existing truth.

In the wilderness of our existence…a place of budding flowers about, about to unwrap in a showing of perfect appreciation for all to thrive upon, we are the flowers which can blossom again and again in each season of our deeper and deeper insights…all connected…each better and more healthful than before. It is not unlike Heaven…and it can become Heaven, with enough insight and appreciation.

It takes quite a few sparks, glimpses – spine-tingling moments…as a way-of-life which becomes more and more purposeful…more and more without time or space or distance. More and more there is less and less to hide behind.’

In this writing, the discussion of true health and making the world a better place has primarily been spoken of on a personal or individual basis. The following point brings us full circle to the central thesis of the Bright Beautiful School of Thought: the principle that the world would be a much better and different place if more and more people took true responsibility for their own health and wellbeing – in short, ‘true health through true responsibility.’ If more and more of us are raised and/or raised-up to believe that our most important responsibility is to make the world a better place…a greater and greater majority, what would this mean? The short answer is that it can’t be bad. The whole thing may sound naïve – but if you try to really look at it, it is difficult to fairly and scrupulously find fault with the notion.” (Copyright 2011) — Dr. Glen Hepker 

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