It was our last night on Oahu. We had been here for three days, and had absolutely crammed everything in we could think of and afford to do. We were here on a shoestring and the shoestring was getting short!
We had seen volcanic peaks, pineapple fields, pristine beaches and palm trees. We spent a whole day at the Polynesian Cultural Center and even visited Pearl Harbor.
We had run the complete gambit of the rushing tourist, including a casual walk along Waikiki Beach in the sunshine.
Now, we were tired.
We were on our way back to the golf club resort on the north west side of the island. As we drove along, I reflected on the experiences we had had, rushing in desperation, crisscrossing the island like a bull in a china shop in an attempt to drink in as much culture as was humanly possible in the three days we had available to us.
But it wasn’t until that evening as we drove back to our room that it suddenly hit me. We had spent our time madly rushing about the countryside of a culture that taught the importance of taking it easy and enjoying the moments of life.
As I watched the sun slowly setting in the west, through the palm trees and into the ocean, I became acutely aware of what it was that made these people of the islands what they are. I was aware of why they all seemed so happy regardless of their challenges or circumstances. Why they seemed content, from those who were living in their modest but nice homes, all the way across the socio-economic spectrum to those living in the gutted-out shells of mini vans that were parked in the sands of the local beaches, partially covered in heavily patched canvas and cooking on small barbeque pots.
They were all happy and content because they had their family near and they specifically took the time to enjoy life from moment to moment.
They had discovered that life is a daily experience that was meant to be lived daily.
One could not help but drink in this peaceful attitude as they watched the sun gradually settle into the horizon of the ocean, amid the sprays of crystal clear skies and vivid colors of the setting sun across the expanse of the horizon.
It was a moment of realization and profound discovery that I shall never forget. Happiness in peace and peace in happiness.
Think about it.
What condition would the world be in today if everyone took the time to be with family and enjoy every moment of their being?
What a thought!!
Bob Curtis has a bachelor's degree in Psychology, and has been writing about the elements of relationships for a number of years. He is the manager of the Essential Sunshine Association, a new website for positive relationship development at www.essun.blogspot.com .