Thursday, February 16, 2012
Working through my Spark points this morning, I got to the points I could earn for commenting on a blog entry, so I moseyed on over there to see who was writing what. I haven't found anything on which to comment yet, but I did find inspiration for my own blog. Why?
So many of the entries were full of such negative energy! "Today's a really bad day." "I'm so disappointed." "I wanted it to be better." "I'm having such a hard time."
A very wise man once told me that life is full of challenges. It's not going to be easy, and when we realize that we are going to be challenged, we are going to have days that don't go smoothly, we are going to face disappointments, then it all becomes easy. Disappointments are a a part of life, but they don't have to be catastrophes.
That same wise man always taught me to touch lightly then let go. Touch lightly of the joys, so that we don't immerse ourselves in them too deeply, and feel desolate when they have become just memories. Touch lightly of the sorrows, and know that this too will pass. Touch lightly of the Earth, that we can respect her and let her nourish us. Touch lightly of people, and appreciate them while giving them their own space, so that we can compliment, rather than control, each other.
Touching lightly, and accepting disappointment, is also part of the road to success. We may have wanted the scales to show more than a half pound loss, but it is going down and not up. Rather than be disappointed and feel like a failure, we need to review where we could do better, and see this as a learning curve, not a catastrophe. Yes, we ate the 'forbidden food,' but so what. Not only are we having a human experience, but we're always only one bite away from getting back on track.
Too many of us seem to think that our lives are supposed to be perfect, and that there is something wrong when they are not. This kind of thinking is going to draw failure into our lives quicker than anything else I know. Focus on scarcity and longing, and draw scarcity and longing close. Focus on happiness and abundance, and draw happiness and abundance close. This is not magic, there is nothing miraculous about it; it's just plain physics!
It is by accepting that disappointments are part of life, but they are not ALL of life, that we move forward with grace and joy towards our fulfillment. We can always rejoice that a thorn bush has roses. There is a triumph in all situations. We just have to look for it, rather than the trouble that is the illusion in front of us.