You know how it’s become quite the thing to share these beautiful photos with uplifting and inspiring quotes?
I love them. I really do and I think it’s a wonderful, beautiful thing that this is becoming so common. The thing is how often do you come across one that really grabs you and sits you down and says “pay attention to me”? It happened to me…true story!
It was a quote by none other than Dr. Wayne Dyer. Truly one of my most beloved teachers today. His message speaks deeply to me and I’ve heard him say this before. He talks about our thoughts creating our world (you see why I connect with his message right?).
What he said was
“Loving people live in a loving world. Hostile people live in a hostile world. Same world.”
I get that. I see where he’s going with it. However lately I’ve had this quote come at me from many different sides and places. The other day I ‘clicked’ on something in my own files and my hand glitches and clicked the wrong link. Take a wild guess what came up?
I was actually surprised to see this picture. I honestly don’t remember saving it but that isn’t what surprised me. I had been thinking about this quote over and over for days and here is was again. Oh how the universe whispers can turn into a shout.
You see waaaaay back when I was sleep walking through life, I expect I was content enough. I had no major illnesses and had a fairly solid set of goals. Sort of a one step in front of the other routine. But I wasn’t in love with life. I was just marking time.
I think of it this way..it’s like a car. I was alive – engine on – but hanging out in neutral. Occasionally I’d hit first gear and move forward..accomplish a goal or two. Some people live their entire life this way.
Somewhere along the way I discovered the rest of the gears. I threw the top down and let myself love my path. The wind in my hair, radio up and singing along. Detours? No problem! They were simply new ways and new scenery.
Then a problem showed up that I couldn’t overcome or gloss over. I not only slipped gears, but may have stalled out for a while.
As I started to heal physically, I went back to living nice and safe in neutral. But you know what? After experiencing real happiness and true living, neutral can feel more like reverse and leave you kind of sad. I felt let down and in my own words ‘screwed over’. Life got kind of dark for me. I realized so much that I’d been missing as I sped along. Relationships I thought were one way fell apart or simply disappeared. People I would have sworn would be there…weren’t. And to my surprise a certain person who I would have put at the top of the fade away list, stood up and came through.
My world and what I thought it was, was turned upside down and inside out.
I started, for a while, to see the world through a victim’s eyes. I know this might tick off a few people but you know what…being a victim is a choice. What happened to me..or to you may not have been your choice true. The really crappy fall out may not be your choice, but being a victim to it..well sorry..but that’s a choice.
I know this for a fact, because I chose that role for a while. I saw the world as a cruel place. A place where people were waiting to see you fall, to find a mistake and mess you around all over again. I thought the world was uncaring and heartless. I walked around waiting for more shoes to drop and scared to feel happy in case it was yanked away again. It’s a dark and unhappy place to be.
I think this is what Dr. Dyer is talking about. The world hadn’t changed from when I was happy and looked at the world as full of opportunity. I had changed. ME. My perspective and what I chose to see.
Think of it this way. If you are full of joy you will see beauty in the rain, the lovely sound, flowers growing again after the summer drought and pretty reflections in puddles. If you are sad and bitter you will see the same rain as dark, dreary and see the deadness of the flowers, weeds to be pulled and puddles of dirty old mud.
It’s the same world…the same rain and the same garden.
Despite all that I still have coming down the line to test me, I choose to see the joy. I choose to think that for the most part, other people are kind and want to do what is right given a chance. I choose to bring love and kindness to the world and belive I will have it returned to me. It’s been a long spell of ups and downs. A hard road but even the worst roads will get you somewhere right?
My lessons are my own. I share them so that you know you are not alone. I share them so that you can see there is a light and you have the right and the choice to see it. I’m letting you know that even amidst all the pain and struggle it’s okay to get better and it’s okay to feel joy.
I choose to believe that the rain is going to bring me some freakin amazing rainbows.