What if you were on the verge of getting what you really wanted in your life and if you truly believed it were possible, the path would reveal itself? Could you, and would you, even for a minute, entertain the possibility?
Would it have been easier for you to entertain that possibility as a child?
When I was a child I believed becoming an adult would open so many more doors to possibilities. I believed I would have more “freedom” as an adult. As I became an adult, though, my mind and thoughts became more like a prison guard than a gatekeeper to the adventurous world of possibility. Eventually, I realized that regardless of whether my mind was the gatekeeper or the guard, I always possessed the keys to both with my own thoughts and beliefs. I had to re-learn that I had the power of choice over the limiting thoughts and beliefs. That was the key to the “freedom” I wanted.
What if you trusted that everything situation in life works out exactly as it is supposed to? If you believed that every person and every situation in life were conspiring to help you, how significantly would your life change?
How would you then feel about your life compared to how you feel about it now?
My life has not been a flat, straight path to any goal I have set. Along the metaphorical hilly terrain or choppy waters, there have been some spectacular views and incredible conditioning for a later adventure. In the midst of a challenge I did not always appreciate pithy platitudes that it too, would pass. Yet, in the end, everything always turns out for the best. the freedom to enjoy my life did not come from waiting for the proverbial other shoe to drop. Instead, it emerged from a core belief—one that pushed me forward in the darkest hour—that life happens for me, not to me. I get to choose my perspective and my next steps.
What if every challenge that arose in your life actually involved a creative opportunity? Rather than perceive challenges and life situations as problems to solve, what if you instead considered them as creative projects? When we were kids we used to play for hours by dressing up, playing school, or acting 'as if'—and we just moved on from activity to activity as our imaginations carried us.
In the world of being a responsible adult, we cannot always enjoy the luxury of play (or afternoon naps!), but we can choose to view our life as a creative project in which we are actively engaged. If we mix some paints to gather and the resulting color doesn’t appeal to us, we can just start over. Every day and every moment we can choose to start again. We are not confined to our past choices or the choices of others.
If you are stuck in a job, a place, a relationship, or anything that is not energizing you, uplifting you, or fulfilling you, then it is time to clear the slate a little bit. If you step back and look at your “art project” as a whole, it may not require a full reset. The key is taking the step back and evaluating how it looks, and feels, in this moment. Then, act accordingly.
What if you started to believe in the magic of your life, the way you did as a child?
Just because we are adults does not mean we have to be boring. As adults we tend to be stuck in our heads all day, and that does not always nurture our soul. We over- analyze everything to the point that squeezes the joy out of it. When we are constantly in our heads, we lose our connection to the life force that sustains growth, well-being, and happiness. We succumb to doubt and the external forces that can manipulate us into believing only the reality of what we see, rather than living from our intuitive, sensing (and “smarter” self). Our body never lies, but our clever mind asserts itself with “reason” and we let it override what we know to be true for ourself inside.
For just a few precious moments today, contemplate the questions posed in this post.
What if…what if? Yeah...What If?
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