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“No matter where you go, there you are.” Confucius

Inspiration: Seeking A Better Life... Where would you go?

Are you happy where you are? Where would you go to find a better life? When I read this question on Soul Pancake, it got me thinking about my journey, across continents, both spiritual and mundane, over the years… As a child, we moved for a variety of reasons; work promotions, war, family expansions, and shifting needs. As an adult, I moved for school, work, love and yes, an expanding family. Yet, what stayed constant and, perhaps, current in all those moves was my inner dialogue; that place where hope meets optimism, hell, and/or happiness. In seeking a better life,  our outer circumstances might change, while our inner conversation might stay the same; especially if we are holding on to ancient, angry or painful memories. Our interior life is ours to shape and, like psychic baggage,  it follows us wherever we go.  So, Where would you go?

“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” Jimmy Dean

Inspiration: Seeking A Better Life... What would you do?

Have you thought about relocating to another country for a better life? People emigrate or relocate for many reasons; adjusting their sails for each new direction/destination… and often, especially with immigrant populations, people say they moved for a better life. Granted, having all the basic amenities available at the snap of a finger is far more satisfying than fighting off hunger and attending poorly run schools in a country with a shattered infrastructure. But that is where some of the confusions around better life = happy life arises. If we have unresolved issues, anger, things that make us unhappy inside, frustrations, long standing hurts and unhappiness, a relocation wont change our inner dialogue and that is where our work must begin. A better life cannot be fully found in new things, places, people as those are temporary fixes; it’s about making the best of the life we have right now; it’s about resolving our hatreds and hurts, and reaching for our happiness within, for our better life begins there. More below 🙂

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” Maria Robinson

Inspiration: Seeking A Better Life... How would you change?

As Confucius rightly suggests, “Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” It is important that we pursue our dreams with our hearts; focusing with our entire being and a commitment to make the necessary shifts for our own joy is imperative.  At some point in my life, I recognized that my life in Africa, Europe, and North America had pockets of sad and joyful moments. The time spent in each location was an edifying experience and offered endless challenges and opportunities for growth. My happy memories with friends and family were a positive counterpoint to the sad memories I had of the war and loss; my better life juxtaposed against a backdrop of merriment and mayhem… and that is what makes life exciting and unpredictable. Once I gave up believing that others held my joy, I breathed a sigh of relief and accepted that our better life is a choice… We get to choose.

What are your thoughts? How do you view your life? Have you thought about relocating to another country for a better life? Where would you go? Would it make a difference? Do share! Thank you. 😉

This post was inspired by a prompt from SoulPancake: See, Think, Talk: The Great Migration Where would you go to find a better life?

Positive Motivation Tip: Your better life begins inside of you, go there first, clean house, and stay a while…

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos Happy Kids 2Happy Boys Happy Woman, via Wikipedia. Or via Flickr

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

19 Comments leave one →
  1. 29/11/2011 7:38 pm

    I have thought about relocating to another country. It’s not clear but my dream.

  2. 29/11/2011 7:55 pm

    I am not living in my own country now. I am living in another country now but I feel the same.. I was happy when I was living in my own country and also happy when I am living here now. I think you are right, our better life begins inside of us 🙂

  3. 29/11/2011 8:04 pm

    I moved to Florida to find a better life. It worked. THIS is better . . . for me, at least. 😎

  4. 29/11/2011 9:34 pm

    I love the idea of “beginning a new ending” ….good food for thought.

  5. 29/11/2011 10:28 pm

    I often think of what it means to relocate. I live in a community heavily pocketed with people who have emigrated to the U.S. My neighbors are Cambodian refugees, and all over my community I hear stories of people who have left everything “behind” to make it better for themselves and family. I can’t imagine, really. I’m pretty well-rooted and I’m not too interested in moving…I might think otherwise, for the curiosity and adventure, but I’d have to convince my children and their children to come with me 🙂 I am very much at peace where I live…and I’m not talking about a place, but deep inside! Great post…Debra