Written by : Gary Wonning

Paradise is just a matter of perception. What is one person's perception of paradise could be another person's idea of Hell.

Naturally, we don't all like the same thing  or have the same values. 

Someone living in Belize or Australia may have a different idea than someone living in the United States of what paradise is. While someone living in a cold climate may view paradise as existing in a somewhat warmer environment, in the heat of summer, an individual living in the tropics may long for a cooler climate.

How many would really like to live in the Garden of Eden and lay around and pick apples all day? Sounds pretty boring to me. To some, the idea of paradise would be living in a major city with all different varieties of social activities to keep them entertained, while others would prefer the quiet life of living near a small country stream, living in nature and watching birds and wildlife scampering about.

photo shows the sphinx at sunset

A journey of spiritual discovery

What one perceives as an idea lifetime mate would often be another's nightmare. There isn't anything wrong with either person, they are perfect in God's eyes, it's just that each person's idea of what is perfect is slightly different. We all live in a different reality and thus have a different perception of paradise. We all have different needs to what makes us happy and be fulfilled.

One person's perception of an idea home would be too big, too small, too messy or too clean to another.

So it is just a matter of perception of what we are experiencing or have encountered in the past, coupled with what we want in this lifetime.

Paradise can mean many things to many people. Many think they would like to return to the lifestyle of yesteryear. They often fail to think this through, would they really want to live as our ancestors did, without the conveniences of modern day life? 

If they would, that option is still open to them, we live in a free country, they can live as they please, nothing is stopping them but their own inactions. 

If everyone's idea of paradise is different, where is the physical paradise everyone aspires to live? 

In my humble opinion, it's in your mind, it is our mission in life to find paradise as we see it. There is no one place that would be paradise to everyone. It's something we create or reject in our own reality.

The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments are welcome

photo of a sunset

The sunsets over Lake Santee depicting paradise

Published by Gary Wonning