What Do You Consider Paradise In Your Life

What Is the Meaning of Paradise to You ?

We have all heard the saying, "living in paradise" but, what do you consider paradise in your life? Do you think that paradise is living on a Island in the Caribbean with white sandy beaches surrounded my turquoise waters and a abundant amount of palm trees?

Do you think paradise is living a huge mansion right smack on the beach listening to the waves crashing onto the beach right in front of your bedroom window? How about a huge mansion on the bay with your mega yacht right at your back door a waiting for your sunset cruise.

Sure, all these things many people have. They are very fortunate to be able to afford these fine things in life and life in paradise, but your paradise could be right in front of your eyes and you don't even know it.

Paradise is not necessarily having the biggest and the best of everything, although it would be fabulous to have them, but I have found in my life the most simplest things you can call paradise in your own life.

For one, I always wanted to live in a huge home by the Ocean or the Bay as many of you know. Of course, I could not afford that style of living even though I have such rich taste. My wife came to me one day and suggested we move into a 55 + community mobile home park. I kind of thought she was crazy and it really wasn't my dream or my idea of living in paradise.

This community was only 6 minutes from Long Beach Island, and the Ocean I longed to live by and where her and I grew up on as young children. The more I thought about it and realized that this may be the only way to get to the Ocean and the Bay and be able to do it within our budget.

I agreed and we searched for the right place to call our own and finally found the perfect one. I remodeled the entire home from top to bottom and made it our own little home by the sea.

I have also learned, as they always say, "Location Location Location" and the location was perfect and the price even better. We have our paradise with a fraction of the cost of those huge mansions I once wanted in our life.

We could not be happier with the life style we now live. Clean and simple with every view and every perk that the rich and famous has. Sometimes less is more as they say and we have more than I have ever dreamed of having and didn't have to go broke fulfilling our dreams of living in paradise.

So this goes to show you that you don't need the biggest and the best to have paradise in your life.

My wife and I enjoy the same Ocean and Bay as those with mansions. We see and enjoy the same sunrises and sunsets as those with the mansion. Paradise is right in front of you. The big thing is that you can only make your life a paradise and no one else. Life is what you make it and if you are smart you will enjoy each and every second of it

What I Once Wanted in My Life

A Little Hard Work for My Paradise

Home By the Sea and Happy

Living in Paradise

© 2011 Mark Bruno

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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

Great hub, and points, Marky! I voted it up and awesome! I don't usually envy people...we all have our stories and rewards...but, I do envy you that seaside home. I have always thought I would retire on the ocean...like Virginia Beach or so, but I don't think it will happen. Just the same, I can always visit for free!


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gajanis786 5 years ago

the clean life to me living in paradise means differently to different people.....in fact I don't think it only means having all the material luxuries and living away from the world enjoying only for self.....in my view point for a family man.....it also means to have fulfilled all his or her worldly responsibilities to the utmost and living with a fairly comfortable life with his family and friends and be happy with smallest achievements of these people and share all their ups and downs as well and also be ready to help the needy at times.....this is purely my own view point others might disagree.Thanks.


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Rosie2010 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Hiya the clean life, beautiful hub. Your home by the sea is beautiful.. how lucky can you be? By the sea? I would love to live by the sea. I used to live by the lake, but I moved back to the big city. I love the big city, the hustle and bustle, the traffic, the hurried people, the subway, the streetcars, even the panhandlers and homeless. So, I guess the city is my paradise. You are so right.. life is what you make it. What a wonderful prolific writer you are! Cheers!

Have a nice day,

Rosie


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the clean life 5 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

Denise, first thank you for the Vote Up and please never say never. I thought the same way when I was drinking thinking my dreams will never come true, but once I changed my life around and started to think positive for a change everything fell right into place. It will come Denise. In the meantime you are welcome to our home anytime you wish. Love to have you:)


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the clean life 5 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

gajanis786, Everything you said makes perfect sense. Having a loving family, being happy, achieving your dreams and enjoying family and friends. well said!

Thank you for your comment!


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the clean life 5 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

Rosie, It is so nice to see you again. Thank you so much for your comment and your kind words to me. It really means a lot to me. Maybe one day you will return to a home near the water.


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ShyeAnne 5 years ago from Deep Bay, British Columbia, Canada

I am heartened by the dedication you have for your articles and subject content. I enjoy all your works and there are a few insights youe shared that allowed me to shake myself from lethargy and seek to be appreciated and love. Reminding we need to fel worthy to make ourselves our #1 priority.need to make ourselves our biggest priority.

The lssons that come as a result are perhaps not so harsh.

I look forward to your words, as I am sure many people do.

Bliss and Peace to you and your family.

Jim Morrosin was wrong, some of us DO get out alive.

Make it a great dat


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the clean life 5 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

Shelley, you don't nkow how great your comment made me feel. I am so happy that my writing has made somewhat of an impact in peoples lives. I write to help other understand there is always hope if you truly want to change your life. It took many years of alcohol abuse before I finally realized my life is worth more than I am giving it, if that makes sense. God Bless you Shelley and thanks so much for your kind words to me. BTW I read your profile and where you and your family live sounds so beautiful. Enjoy every second of it.

Mark


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ShyeAnne 5 years ago from Deep Bay, British Columbia, Canada

I understand, and live, your concept of Paradise. Circumstance recently required to move from a bright, clean home with a panoramic view of the ocean. I am now living in a trailer with an addition.

Paradise is here too...earthquakes and all! we just need to look in different directions and be grateful. Grateful everyday, for what we do have.

Make it a great day.


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the clean life 5 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

Shelley, thank you for your comment. I am sorry about your recently required move. Hopefully you will be able to go back to your paradise real soon.

Mark

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