Life can be a rotten stinker you know?
Just when you think you have it all figured out, plans are made, the i’s dotted, the t’s crossed…LIFE throws in a twist you never expected.
Sound about right?
Honestly, I wonder if the universe does this sometimes just to prove that we never really have total control over what is going to happen next.
Of course there is another way to look at it. (But you knew that right?)
The problem with life is that too many people are focused on the destination instead of the journey. We are missing out doing that…BIG TIME.
Take a moment and think about this. We all have the same destination at the end of it all don’t we? Do you really want to live life focused on getting to the end of it faster? Goodness that sounds depressing.
So, here’s the other way to look at it. Life steps in not to thwart our perfectly laid plans, but to remind us that we have a life to live today.
The universe is not out to ‘get’ us but instead out to move us back onto our divine path, to remind us to live fully and to offer up opportunities we otherwise would have passed by without a second look.
Consider this little story that I’ve heard so many places lately.
One day, a Student walks up to her Master and asks: “Master, how long will it take for my training?”
The Master folds his arms across his chest and meditates. After several seconds, he replies: “Ten years at least.”
The Student frowns, and then asks: “What if I study twice as hard as the other students?”
The Master waits several more seconds before he replies: “Twenty years, at least.”
The Student scowls, and then asks: “What if I work at it night and day, and spend all my free time studying?”
The Master smiles as he replies: “Thirty years, at least.”
Frustrated, the student then asks her master: “Master, how come whenever I say I will study harder, you say it will take longer to learn?”
The Master replies simply: “When one has both eyes fixed on the destination, then no eyes are left to see the path.”
I am sure some of you have heard my life’s motto “Life is short, eat dessert first“ Now I, on occasion, feel the need to take this literally of course. However, the underlying point of that saying is to find the joy in every day, in every thing you do.
Life IS short and too many of us waste in anger, resentment, jealousy and negativity. Those items are always kicking around and willing to be our main course, but I seriously doubt that anyone at the end of life looks back and wishes they had just one more day to spend on those things.
Nope. We wish for more time for saying I love you (dessert), more hugs (dessert), more laughter and dancing in the rain (dessert).
Stop waiting to wish. Move your eyes onto the path, into the life you are living right now. Perhaps you finally realize you have a freakin buffet of desserts sitting all around you! (Gosh I LOVE that metaphor).
So, stop being so hard on life. Shift to an attitude of wonder and gratefulness.
Life can have difficult times, but even then you can find the good, the opportunity and the joy and focus on those things.