Too good to (not) be true

I had a pretty fantastic weekend, made up of really good moments with some people that are very special to me. Despite having another health mishap today, I am still basking in the after glow of talking and laughing and hugging and just enjoying my time with them. Then I saw this, and it seemed a perfect way to express how I feel:

“Discovering real goodness comes from appreciating very simple experiences. We are not talking about how good it feels to make a million dollars or finally graduate from college or buy a new house, but we are speaking here of the basic goodness of being alive — which does not depend on our accomplishments or fulfilling our desires. We experience glimpses of goodness all the time, but we often fail to acknowledge them. When we see a bright color, we are witnessing our own inherent goodness. When we hear a beautiful sound, we are hearing our own basic goodness. When we step out of the shower, we feel fresh and clean, and when we walk out of a stuffy room, we appreciate the sudden whiff of fresh air. These events take a fraction of a second, but they are real experiences of goodness.”

~ Chogyam Trungpa.

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4 Responses to Too good to (not) be true

  1. concolor44 says:

    I couldn’t agree more. Very well put.

  2. Mark in DE says:

    Being able to truly appreciate these brief but powerful moments is the challenge. There is so much in the world to distract us from what’s real and good. I’m going to be more intentional in recognizing and appreciating these real and good moments. The smell of food cooking, the feeling of the sun on your skin, the refreshment of a glass of cold water, the sound of a child’s laughter, the gentle inhaling and exhaling of a sleeping dog.

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