Perhaps, one of the best ways to enjoy life is to pursue jaunts that bring us to places of our dreams, dream bigger than ourselves or continually chase our dreams after every sound sleep. I choose to enjoy my life through the many travels I pursue, both in the context of journeying through life with the aid of those others surrounding me and in the many travels I take which brings me to places I have never been, thereby earning for myself the opportunity to understand life that way it should be understood under such circumstance.
On a recent weekend trip to Dahilayan in the Province of Bukidnon, I came across rocks stacked together resembling a perfect balance, very similar to the ones we find in Zen gardens, only that these stones were placed near the dirt road I took. I fancied at the very sight of the balanced stones, simple rocks that are so imperfect, imbalance, raw and unorthodox yet places its meaningful existence to the very life we live each day.
The balanced life we seek each day is one that continually places ourselves, our soul and our dreams together in the scenario of giving. We give back to the family who love us by also showing concern and care. We give back to the lover who embraces us by also showing trust, confidence and fidelity above the virtues of loyalty, dependability and hope. We give back to the community who helped mould us by also caring for what our collective interests are above our own self-centered interests. We give back to those who read us by also ensuring that we take the extra effort at writing and taking every possible way to take on photography, capturing all essences, both practical and aesthetic, to promote the places we have been to and writing about. We give back inspiration because we were inspired too. We give back cheerfulness to the sullen spirit because, at one time, we are cheered up too.
The balanced life is one that fosters care, trust, sincerity, hope and inspiration. We balance our lives because we care more. We balance our lives because we dream more and is driven to achieve more, not only for ourselves but for those who came to stay with us. We balance our lives because we touched the lives of others because we too, were touched by simple and ordinary people, even strangers to awaken us to be better individuals.
Surely, as we seek out those who can balance our lives through love that one gains more because of openness and trust. We seek out those who can balance our lives because we places ourselves in the ordinary rocks, soiled and heavy with burdens but when stacked up, reaches to the heavens and braces for the winds. We may, at the end of the day, remains soiled, heavy with burdens and an ordinary rock, but through the dedication of our pursuits to what makes us truly happy that we get to be the more beautiful formations that promote unity, cohesiveness, grace and peace.