Friday, May 22, 2009

14/365 - Peaceful, Easy Feeling

Visiting the temple made me think of nothing but serenity. Serenity is the calmness of mind, eveness of temper, and an overall composure that is hard to obtain. Sometimes I wish I could live with serenity every moment of my life, but I think that would get old after a while. Sure, it's a great state to be in, but I think there is so much more to being human than being in a state of peacefulness all the time. It's the other emotions that make us who we are, good or bad. Joy, anger, greed, happiness, guilt, jealousy, excitement, sadness... all of these things and more make up the world around us. While some of them aren't necessarily good to experience, at least at the time, they help keep us in check. In my case, I've always been into writing. Every single piece of writing that I am most proud of has come out at a time when I was angry or upset. In a sense, the process of writing when I'm in such a mood helps me reach serenity. Serenity is a wonderful state of mind to reach and I enjoy those moments.

Byodo-In Temple - Kaneohe, HI

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