Uncontent The Tide ~ ORIGINAL https://www.vingle.net/posts/670740?asrc=copylink
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UNCONTENT THE TIDE | video remix ~ D James Breaux
#NeverResistTheUrgeToBeHappy ~ The inspiration for 'Uncontent' is borne out of the human heart’s constant craving for real, ultimate, lasting happiness. Or even to discover its true meaning. We trick ourselves into thinking it's hard to find. The irony is, it's closer and easier than we think.
Imagery runs wild and free on the 'Uncontent' canvas ~ i.e. the “brilliant box" symbolizes the human heart. The turns are quick and bold, taking no prisoners. And I wanted the reader to feel a spectrum of emotion from good to worse and back again. Hopefully I've done that.
Always just a moment away, right before our eyes, and yet the happiness deficit still remains large. It's just that we can't see it because we're too wrapped up in our hurried lives, blinded by the worldly chaos all around us. After all, it doesn’t take much effort to just stop, close your eyes for a second, breath, open them again, and then think happy and good thoughts. Attitude is everything and we can control our destiny with positive vibes.
Like the song says, Just Be Happy, because it’s paramount to our outlook on life, regardless of what adversities we may face or what mountains we have to climb. We have the strength and ability to just be happy
because it's supernaturally built into the core of our nature....you know, the basic desire for good over bad.
♡ In the beginning we start with how easy it is to actually possess happiness. The word is capitalized throughout the text in order to give it life and personify it with a position of stature, giving proper credence to its prominent role as a key player on the stage of life. Similarly, actions and characteristics consistent with personality are attributed to Vanity and Fate.
♡ Next comes the matter of....okay fine, then why is happiness so hard to find? Addressing the matter from a standpoint that it really is ‘elusive’; a practical conclusion is then reached that it really isn’t. It’s just us. Happiness is elusive because we make it that way when our lives move too fast and we take it for granted. When we never take time to stop and smell flowers, we eventually forget their sweetness. Next thing you know, we forget how to experience the simple things in life, those little things that bring us joy. And before we know it, happiness fades. Gone. Arrivederci. Goodbye. Or so it would seem.
♡ We then conclude that achieving true happiness is way too much trouble, because we’ve got more important matters on our agenda, and it’s not all that significant in the grand scheme of things ~ of course I’m happy, leave me alone, stop being ridiculous, besides happiness is overrated ~ becomes the mantra. So we shed the burden and ‘travel light’, preoccupied with the rat race our lives have become. And since we're traveling at light speed, we can’t sense its diminishing presence in our life. Oblivious to the notion it could actually be gone, we put life on autopilot and keep on cruising. We spend all our time chasing down things that don't matter, ‘in vain’. Until one day our seemingly ordered life takes a sudden, unexpected turn ~ as life sometimes does ~ and our world is torn apart by tragedy, or illness, and the skies come crashing down. Amid the chaos, we begin to wonder if we were ever really happy in the first place.
♡ The 'brilliant box' represents our heart. Somewhere down the line it got jaded.
♡ By now we’re completely immune to the possibility that happiness never actually left the building. We're only dissillusioned into thinking it has, because we're too busy to notice it right before our eyes. It's always within our reach, ‘within our momentary grasp’. Happiness didn’t change....we did. It’s still right where we left it. But our perception, the way we view it has changed, falsely making it appear elusive. An optical illusion that only requires a closer look.
♡ The next observation finds us in a place of desperation with the sudden realization that we are indeed, unhappy. Or so we think. The optical illusion has dulled our senses and we now place much emphasis on the ‘simplest of splendors’ we took for granted, ‘Ones we ignored and paid no heed’ to. Like ‘Dandelions in summer’ or ‘Admirable birds and their dawn symphony of surprise’. We decide Happiness is indeed a precious commodity
♡ We’re then encountered wandering hopelessly ‘through a forsaken fog’. The forest represents a dark season in our life when clouds set in and struggles mount. But, in denial, our pride and Vanity tells us everything's okay.
♡ We then reach a point in life where we’ve made some poor decisions and maybe a few costly mistakes along the way. The ‘wind merchant’ is our instinct. We should have listened to its warning, telling us which way the wind blows ~ ‘Cautioned by the wind merchant’ ~ but we ignored the cautionary advice ~ to slow the pace, and ‘we set sail’ on a collision course with Fate. ‘Risking the proposition’ we threw caution to the wind, and stubbornly proceeded full steam ahead, often running into a brick walls throughout life, and often falling flat our face. We never trusted our instincts to “not do that”, and without proper planning and execution we fell victim to our aggressive actions. Chasing the sun with wild eyed schemes and uncalculated dreams, we thought we could ‘trip the light fantastic’. But we rushed through life's contract without reading the fine print. We bit off more than we could chew and became 'consignee to a fake bill of goods' which represents our tendency toward success,> at any cost. What we thought was real and what we thought was good, noble and just, was not the best thing for us. Deception is not such a good deal after all. We tempted Fate and suffered the consequences. It kicked our collective butts.
♡ In the end, we seem destined to a state of misery. Reduced to final defeat, we’re dragged out to a 'burial sea of abandoned hope'.
♡ We’ve become ‘worn’ on the brink of giving up. Forget being happy, ever. We'll settle for just being content. To just live life. Survival. It’s enough to keep us in tact emotionally. Somehow we’ll get by, because that’s all there is, ‘there’s nothing more’.
♡ But wait….what’s that glimmer of hope shining in the distance, ’a sunbeam’s kiss’. In the storms of life, we’d forgotten there's always room for second chances and new beginnings ~ 'a gift of renewal'. Soften our heart and open it up to the possibilities of each new day. There’s always that.
♡ Then at last we recall that little thing about ~ true happiness is never far away. So we set out to stop hiding from it, ignoring it, taking it for granted. Embracing it with gentleness and respect, as the precious commodity and the necessary life force which sustains our survival....we longingly and lovingly let it back in....to 'restore its residency’ in our heart....and so....we can be Happy....once again.
Thank You for reading,
~D James Breaux