Once in a Lifetime…

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you choose to live? Country, suburbs or city? Mountains, ocean, or prairie? Perhaps an island? All four seasons or just one? Near family or far away? Etc. How many of us would stay in our current location? 

Sometimes life gets in the way and prevents us from having the kind of existence we long for. I’m not talking about a fantasy mansion and yacht scenario, just a comfortable, normal life.

Have you ever met a person and felt strongly that they were in the wrong environment, or in the wrong life? Like somehow they didn’t fit in the life they were given and that they were just making the best of it?

Feng shui (pronounced fung-shway) is believed to use the laws of both Heaven and Earth to help one improve life by receiving positive qi (pronounced chee). The goal of feng shui, as practiced today, is to situate the human built environment on spots with good qi. The “perfect spot” is a location and an axis in time. Qi is a movable positive or negative life force which plays an essential role in feng shui. Is there positive energy where you live?

Has there ever been a place that you’ve visited that caused you to feel strangely at home or at peace with yourself? Do you think that there’s a perfect place for each of us? Someplace where we feel energized and free? Someplace where we finally feel like ourselves? Is the location where we spend our lives important?

In the movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” George Bailey desperately wants to get out of his hometown of Bedford Falls and travel the world, but life situations keep getting in the way. He stays in Bedford Falls to help others secure a happier life for themselves. Good old George… but isn’t it actually terribly sad?

The lyrics to this Talking Heads’ song seem to describe this feeling or realization. (I’ve shortened the lyrics for the purpose of this post.)

“Once in a Life Time”                                                                    

And you may find yourself living in a shotgun shack

And you may find yourself in another part of the world

And you may find yourself behind the wheel of a large automobile

You may find yourself in a beautiful house, with a beautiful wife

You may ask yourself, “Well, how did I get here?”