What the Pandemic in 2020 Taught Me About Life – Darice Cairns. Wow!
Darice Cairns
The Art of Finding Truth, One Man's Journey Through Love, Life, Grief and Joy

Stories of strength and perseverance have always inspired me. I love

hearing about life stories that describe the defining moments in someone’s

life, moments when an individual must overcome difficult situations and

make harsh life-changing decisions. These types of circumstances show us

who we truly are. Your reaction to the most challenging moments in your

life say a lot about you.

Woman climbing a rock wall  aloen and with a red t-shirt.
Inner strength when you up against all odds, shows you exactly who you are. (Photo by Frank Busch on Unsplash

Do such moments break or liberate you?

In the year of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have all been stretched

personally, emotionally, spiritually, financially, and politically.

So what can we make of all of this ‘slap me in the face reality’, that just isn’t

going away?

You Are, the Depth You Will Go

Life is made up of flat, humdrum stretches interspersed with some

pretty spectacular moments. Life becomes spectacular when you look

deeply and consciously into it. That is when those moments can awaken

a deep truth about yourself and the world you constantly create around

you. When we awaken to the power of living consciously, “circumstances”

become “choices” that we actively make. That truth invites us to know who

we are at a deeper level and the invitation is always there to go deeper.

A young girl in a white dress is bending over looking at a cluster of dandelion seeds.
How deep will you go, to find the true you?

How deep will you allow yourself to go?

Life is All About Contradictions

Your life story is a testimony to the enduring strength of your spirit

and soul. In the many life stories I have read and heard over the years,

there is an underlying common thread of determination that drives people

beyond their limitations.

I have also noticed that many of us are driven by a desire to be free and at

peace with ourselves. Some say that freedom is the key to happiness, but

maybe happiness is the key to freedom? Yet, many of us are not happy, nor

are we free.

The reality is that few of us will ever be truly free until we pass physically

from this world, and to pursue happiness is a path fraught with yet more

challenges. So, our world is full of contradictions and we often just say we

want things, without knowing deeply what that means.

Life is Much More than the Pursuit of Happiness

One truth I have learned in life is that nothing about living is easy, and life

isn’t meant to satisfy us—instead, life is meant to challenge us. The

challenge is to be spiritually awake while living one’s life with purpose and

presence that is not motivated by individual material gain. Understanding

this truth has effectively halted my pursuit of happiness, for life is so much

more than that.

Woman on a motorcycle with ahelmet and yeloow sweater, is driving on a road a lone.
Know what you are pursuing and why because the pursuit of anything is fraught with challenges. (Photo by Tobias Tullius on Unsplash)

Beyond what we see within ourselves is a whole world welcoming us to a

collective common good where there is no separation between ourselves

and others. We have far more in common with each other than we think or

may have thought. Hence, our world is full of truths based on our thoughts,

but is that the real truth? I think not. When we choose to wake up, it is a

most uncomfortable journey—yet that is the only way, the only path, to

changing our lives, relationships and our world for the better.

All you Really Need…

As you grow older in years, memories will marinate in your mind, tossing

and turning a million times over. A life lived with courage will challenge

your truth, push the boundaries of who you are and push you to question

why you are here.

At some stage, you will reach a point where memories will subside and

your truth will no longer be able to hide. You will know that this life is

not just about you but about all the people who have touched your life.

May that moment show you your courage and allow your heart to sing and

your soul to breathe deeply. In the end, when you focus peacefully within,

you will know that is all you need.

(reference, taken in part from the preface of my new book, “The Art of Finding truth…”)

Thank you for the beautiful cover picture! Image by My pictures are CC0. When doing composings: from Pixabay

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