It’s said that a person can’t outrun their karma; that if life is going poorly in one city/state/country, simply picking up and moving to a new location likely won’t solve the issue(s). People who attempt such “geographical cures” eventually realize that the issues they are experiencing usually have less to do with the external scenery, and more with their own internal state.
However, the concept of karma following a person works the other way, too. A person who lives peacefully and well will likely cultivate the same goodness in their life regardless of where they are living; that individual will likely experience harmony and ease no matter where they happen to call “home”.
For the past year+ I have been working to cultivate more gratitude, appreciation, and happiness in my life. Not that my life was bad a year ago – just that my internal state could have been better. So I started to actively take note of small, pleasant instances that sprung up before me each day; and within just a few months, the cumulative effects began to snowball. These days, moments of pleasant surprise, delight, and joy seem to seek me out, instead of the inverse.
Right now I am literally 1800 miles (2800 kilometers) from home. I don’t really know anyone in the town I’m visiting (except for my family), yet I’m maintaining the same practices I employ in my own city (i.e., smiling at strangers, expressing appreciation for people and things who help/support me, etc. etc.) This morning I headed out for a routine walk, and as I looked down to tie my shoe, I was honestly a little startled to see a smiling face grinning back up at me:
My surprise lasted less than a second; then I returned the pavement grin with one of my own. I’m delighted that I get to experience such fun, unexpected moments of delight – even while on vacation. :)