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The Existential Bummer

by jenny sansouci on January 24, 2015

It’s January 24th and I’ve written 24 blogs this month. Truth is, I don’t really feel like writing tonight, aside from draining my own mind endlessly into my journal. That’s where good writing can really begin, by the way, I think – as private writing. Someone recently asked me how I got comfortable expressing myself publicly on the blog, and I told her that my first blog was a private blog – an online journal. I wrote there every day, totally uncensored, for a long time, for my eyes only, until I got comfortable putting writing out into the world.

That’s kinda irrelevant though to what this post is about. You know those days where you just feel like there’s a million things on your mind? The days where your own little personal dramas or whatever you’re trying to work on seems so insanely important and you don’t feel like you’re ever gonna get a handle on it all? Those are the days where it helps to remember impermanence.

impermanence = existence is in a constant state of flux.

My friend Ali and I always say in these situations, “impermanence works in our favor.” (I think Pema Chodron is the one who actually said it). It works in our favor because it means nothing we’re currently going through is permanent. In fact, nothing in this life is permanent. We can’t actually completely grasp that concept, but if we can sort of try to remember it sometimes, I think it can give us a better sense of gratitude for what we have and appreciation for the people we love, and we can relax a little bit about whatever might be bothering us.

I’ve shared this video before but it’s a good one to watch when you need a little reminder that today won’t last forever. The first time I saw it I was really awe-struck by it. He calls it Existential Bummer but I guess you could look at it both ways, it’s a bummer that impermanence is a real thing, but it also gives us no choice but to catapult ourselves out of our mind dramas and back into the present moment where there is, actually, so much beauty and love.

Please have a watch and let me know what you think.

Existential Bummer

That’s all, I don’t have a lot to say tonight but I think this video is important.

I also think it’s important to tell someone you love them, be grateful for what you have, and remember your problems or issues WILL change and dissipate, there’s no choice, it’s the nature of this transient life we’re living where existence is always in flux. Let’s appreciate it. According to the law of attraction, appreciation is one of the most high-level feelings you can feel. Did you know that?

Think about SOMETHING in your life you can appreciate, right this very moment, and I’m willing to bet it makes you feel a good feeling.

If you’re reading this blog, I would love to hear one thing you appreciate today, in the comments. Can you do that for me?

Thank you. I appreciate you. (Really).


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Jessica January 25, 2015 at 11:45 am

I appreciate my caring husband and wonderful baby boy ❤️

Diane January 25, 2015 at 5:46 pm

We all appreciate You, Jenny!

Becca January 25, 2015 at 6:02 pm

I took my dog snowshoeing today and the light was just *perfect* coming through the trees. It was the best moment of the day and I appreciate my legs and lungs for getting me there and my dog for enjoying it with me.

Jaime January 25, 2015 at 10:11 pm

I’m appreciating reading all your blogs this month! The snow falling outside & not having to wake up before the sun tomorrow!

Jade January 25, 2015 at 6:27 pm

I’m thankful for this blog, for the golden hour of morning when the sun is barely up and everything is gold, for whispered I love you’s and the laughter among friends.

Tiffany January 25, 2015 at 7:11 pm

I appreciate my health and the blog (such a this one!) that help keep me inspired and motivated! Thank you so much!

Alixanndrea Bodley February 16, 2015 at 9:53 pm

I appreciate people like you who changes many people’s lives everyday.

pamela April 1, 2017 at 6:32 am

I appreciate everyday I have with my animals on this land of the free that I was able to have a short time to defend.

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