Blissful: adjective bliss·ful \ˈblis-fəl\ extremely or completely happy : full of or causing bliss
This weekend, we went on a family camping trip. As we get to know each other, you’ll learn that the word ‘camping’ has no business being anywhere around me. A creature of comfort with hermit tendencies, I am happy when I am at home and am especially happy when laboring over some project in the kitchen. But there I was, roughing it for five days amongst the mosquitoes and pit toilets, nary a shower or smidge of makeup as far as the eye could see. Four restless nights of sleep bookended by children who went to bed too late and woke up too early.
There was something about the trip that made those annoyances trivial. Perhaps it was the campground – on the edge of a pristine mountain lake surrounded by snow-capped peaks. Or the afternoon that my kids burst out in song at the top of their lungs. Or the smell of the campfire that seemed to have permanently embedded itself in every article of my clothing. Or the note that my daughter tucked in my pocket the night after I made hobo pack dinners for all 16 of the campers – “I love you mommy. You make it look easy. You are sweet.”
Relishing the moments of joy and enduring the tough times, knowing that ‘this, too shall pass’. This is the essence of living blissfully.
Is the ability to live blissfully reserved for those who are naturally cheerful? You know – those people who are always in a great mood, for whom life is a constant parade of rainbows and butterflies? Absolutely not. I submit that living blissfully is an intention and a state of mind, not a disposition. It is the result of focusing on that which is beautiful and good and true – are you ready to practice the Art of Living Blissfully?