The Reality of Bliss

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It is February. I thought I would state that unequivocally and upfront so that I do not lose my status as one for the obvious. I have decided this year to just settle on the fact that though this is the shortest month of the year, it really is the longest. It is midwinter, it is going to be cold, and so I am just not going to fight it. I am going to go with it. And you have to admit, that the snow of the last few days has been beautiful.

Even though I do not have a meteorological degree, I do not depend on a little furry creature to predict when spring will come. Face it, spring is six weeks away, or winter will be at least six weeks longer. It is a great tradition to have the little guy poke his head out and either see his shadow or not, but seriously folk, he is not fooling us.

Bliss is sometimes facing reality and making the best of it. Do you agree?

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  1. Yes, I agree. Facing reality, though, not whatever interpretation/permutation of reality we might conjure. For me, there is a sort of relief in realizing that the worst (whatever the worst may be) happened, and I’m still standing. THAT feels GREAT! There’s also a degree of comfort in understanding that what I wished for happened, it wasn’t all that, and I’m still good! For me, reality is something to be embraced, not feared! You mean Punxutawney Phil has no meteorology degree? xoxoM

    • It is easier to face reality than stay in denial–I know this firsthand. I interviewed Phil and he has an english degree in creative fiction–so he just makes it up as he goes. He hates being woken up at this time of year.

      • Gotta say, I’m with Phil: I wouldn’t be happy to be woken up from a long winter’s nap just to pander to some humans’ insecurities! xoxoM

      • ha ha

      • Perhaps you could write another post: The Bliss of Reality? Gotta say, I’m with Phil: I wouldn’t be happy to be woken up from a long winter’s nap just to pander to some humans’ insecurities! xoxoM

  2. I also agree, it makes it so much easier to face the yucky when you look it square in the eyes. It’s the unknown, because you have hidden your head in the sand, that can make stress and un-bliss your life.

  3. I do agree, LouAnn. Bliss is sometimes about not resisting what is and also know that it will get better.

    • That is the best way to handle it–not that I always do it that way though.

  4. LouAnn I absolutely agree! xo

  5. hmmm not really.

    • an honest reply – one I might make depending on the day

      • all depends on perspective and state of being I suppose

      • I know – some are bliss days, some are not

      • no bliss just BLAH today.. haa haa in case you cannot tell (smile) but I am working on it

      • I know all about it – trying to talk myself out of it

  6. …facing reality and pulling a sleeve of Girl Scout cookies out of the freezer anyway. No snow here = blissed out!

    • I like the way you handle things!

      • Hey, it’s all about priorities, right LouAnn? Have a snow day – make a cup of tea, kick back and enjoy!

      • Can’t yet–but when my Comprehensive Bylaw meeting is over and I have doodled throughout half of it–I will kick back. Now I best go get ready–where is that notebook and pen?

  7. I do agree! šŸ™‚

  8. YES! Who started that the tradition of that gopher or whatever it is telling us when Spring is? February has always seemed like a long month to me. March, April is back and forth. Then May comes and voila, it’s spring. Let’s be real.

  9. Can’t comment because its my autumn on this šŸ˜›

    Choc Chip Uru

  10. It is funny because the little gopher is not always right so it’s not exactly a scientific thing…but it makes news every year..

    I agree and…accept spring comes early or it doesn’t and it doesn’t help to get worked up about it…Diane

    • so true–it is a groundhog isn’t it – remember Bill Murray’s movie “Groundhog Day”?

      • I saw it but do I remember it ….? I’m lucky to remember yesterday…lol Diane

      • yes I can resee movies and it is like they are brand new!

  11. Bliss is floating down that river and letting life take you where it wants you to go. So, yes – I agree. Face reality, make the best of it and enjoy the ride šŸ™‚

  12. I know I’m supposed to enjoy the moment, but it is darn cold here, so bliss for me is thinking about summer at the lake in the cottage, enjoying a beverage or two on the dock with friends and family. Come and share my bliss with me Lou.

  13. Yes, I agree. Bliss and resolve go hand-in-hand. And, in Canada, we must spend much of the winter hanging on to bliss with all our might. And digging it out of snowbanks from time to time.

  14. Agreed, LouAnn. Bliss is facing reality and managing our own expectations of it. ~Gail

  15. My thoughts on February – ignore it until it goes away. But you are right, the recent snow has been beautiful. A week from now the bloom will be off if it though.

    • it won’t be clean and white and lovely anymore–I agree with your philosophy about February

  16. Surrender to bliss. You cant see it in all this snow, but I am waiving my white flag. {{{Hugs]}} Kozo

  17. I completely agree.
    Now – if I won the lottery – I’d fly south for the winter with the birds every winter after the New Year. But – the chances of that happening are slim to none. So – gotta’ make the best of a full winter. This past weekend – I played out in the snow with the girls šŸ™‚

  18. I’m really impressed how you weaved in bliss near the end and I totally agree, sometimes bliss is just making the best of things that are out of our control. I’ve only seen snow about 5 times in my entire life so I’m quite envious of all your snowfall! šŸ™‚

  19. Yes, I agree!

  20. Facing reality and making the best out of it. That’s bliss!
    Very lovely definition indeed, and a unique one at that! šŸ™‚

  21. Bliss is living a lifetime in a moment šŸ™‚

  22. Yes,sometimes the only way to have bliss is to make the best of things, and then somehow it does turn into bliss…making the best of things is turning sour milk into yogurt someone once said….
    Dare I say I envy you the snow – we are in drought, and today had to buy water for our tank..
    Trees are shedding their leaves as though it’s autumn, and gardens are dying!

  23. It’s February? Damn–I’m behind

  24. Yup—the whole “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade,” “playing the cards you’re dealt,” so on and so forth. There’s something nice about being able to see the silver lining in icky things sometimes.

    • I am having a bit of trouble with that today

      • Oh, I’m sorry, LouAnn. I have trouble with that a lot too. >>hug<<

      • thank you — I need the hugs and back to you ((hugs))

  25. Speaking as one who has very strong skills of denial, I’m with Audra on this one. Sometimes having my head in the sand can be quite pleasant compared to what’s going on around me. Facing reality is not all it’s cracked up to be. By the time I’ve pulled my head out, had some coffee and smelled the roses, and read the writing on the wall (gee, I’m on a roll) whatever it was I was disturbed by has usually passed! haha! This coping is not recommended.
    Other times it’s necessary to just deal with things head on. I think when you become a parent that’s the only option.
    Wait, what was the question again…? haha! The answer, at least in my case, is not so black and white, as you can see. šŸ™‚

    I’ve had you in my thoughts and prayers, LouAnn. I hope things are starting to shift in a positive direction for you. Any shifting is better than none. I’m looking for the same relief myself.

    Have a reality facing, or head in the sand day, whatever feels good. šŸ™‚
    Lisa xoxo

    • I opt for head in the sand today – thanks for your thoughts and prayers–

      • Good choice šŸ™‚

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