So much has happened in the past year and a half that my jewelry and my Etsy shop, which I truly enjoy, have fallen by the wayside. But now that I'm in a new place in life, and a position to put creative energy back into it again, I'm feeling much more balanced. One of the most insightful and obvious statements I've ever come across came from a Chinese fortune cookie I once got. The fortune read "it is now, and in this world that we must live." Is there really any greater truth in life than this? Is there really any other time or place that we can live? Whatever the circumstances of our lives, it is right here, and right now that we must live and breath and and accept everything that is right here in front of us. There is something so achingly sweet about doing this when we face obstacles, grief, losses, heartbreaks. To just let those feelings come...to allow them to be with us, residing in our physical bodies. Noticing all of the thoughts they create, and then let all of it fall away. And what about times when our life situations are happy? I feel more and more lately that it is essential to accept this as well. External circumstances like jobs, relationships, money, etc. can create "happiness" that is fleeting, as it must be...all things are impermanent and ever-changing. This "happiness" is always temporary, and always passes. But as illusory as it may be, it is truly ok to accept this "happiness" and enjoy it. Accept it without fear of losing it, without anxiety. Accept it for exactly what it is...a beautiful cloud passing overhead, intersecting our life's journey for a moment to bring us some peace. It may not be the innate, resounding joy that comes from knowing and being one's true nature, but it is a very nice step on the journey.