I take the liberty of publishing an email I received from a friend today. I am sure she would not mind. There just might be one or two other friends who will appreciate it as much as I did.
Shit happens. It just does.
We have good days, bad days, and mediocre days. One day we feel great...top of the world. The next day we feel like crap, get in a car accident, or worse.
Life is great. Life sucks. This is just how it is......one step forward, two steps back.
So...here's the BIG question: Why do so many of us live as if feeling bad is so WRONG?
I think there are two answers to this question:
#1 is that we were raised on the old Alka Seltzer jingle "plop, plop, fizz, fizz, oh what a relief it is." We're programmed to believe that there is a pill to pop to alleviate every pain or discomfort. (Even though we all know that physical pain is a necessary signal that something is calling for our attention.)
#2 we don't believe that the Universe always has our back. Quite simply, we don't trust God. We assume that whatever is happening...whether it's loss of a job, heartbreak, illness, betrayal, unexpected money issues, or roadblocks to our heart's desires... we take it as a sign that we are doomed and more bad is on the way.
While just like everyone else I would rather avoid pain, in six decades on this planet, I've discovered that my greatest, most extraordinary "wins" in life have all come as a result of my most painful and difficult experiences. Over time I've learned to cultivate trust in the Universe.
As I began to witness in my own life that from the darkest times came the brightest results. I found the ability to trust both God and myself. I consciously sought out proof that the bad times were the soil in which my dreams came to fruition. (And yes, I admit, that I often wished for a genie in a bottle to make it all easier for me.)
If you are having a great day today, take a few moments to close your eyes, drop into your heart and really feel how grateful you are. Deeply breathe in this gratitude and savor it.
And, if today is a bad day, close your eyes, drop into your heart, and take a few moments to feel what you are truly feeling....and then see if you can conjure up true gratitude for the possibility of the most wonderful thing that will soon come to you as a result of this difficulty.
Wishing you love, laughter and magical kisses,