What if every event, the good the bad and the ugly, in our life is pre-planned and meant to get us where we are supposed to go? Knowing that, could you then let go, have faith, and just rock it out?
Today, I just wanted to know everything was going to be okay. I thought if I could just peek through the curtain separating me from my future and see me “winning” I could relax and just enjoy the ride. This reminded me about getting up at 4 am to watch the Canadian hockey team in a tense, must-win game. It was literally three periods of anxiety and stress. In the end, they won and it was amazing, but I am not sure how many years of my life I lost in the process of experiencing it.
Fans who watched the game in its second airing (because of the time difference) already knew the outcome. They had a totally different experience than those of us who got up at 4 am and watched it live. There was no nail-biting, sitting on the edge of their seats, no stress or anxiety. They knew that everything was going to be okay and Canada would win. They sat back, relaxed and really enjoyed every second of the game. Bad call? No worries because everything was going to be okay. Opponents scored? Doesn’t matter because we will score more than them.
What would life be like if we knew that everything was going to be okay regardless of what reality looked like right now?
When I coach people in their lives and their businesses, I always say that you must believe that the Universe is conspiring on your behalf. I know how hard that is when all seems hopeless.
If you don’t believe in happy endings, if you don’t believe that the Universe is conspiring for you not against you, you will spend your life anxious, stressed, sitting on the edge of your seat, biting your nails.
But what kind of life is that?
After remembering about the hockey game, I decided that even if my life felt like I was a goal down, a day late, and time was ticking away, I was going to believe in a come-from-behind win. Even if that means I go into overtime. By looking at life as an inevitable win, each difficult period becomes just that, a period. I can handle it because it is not where I am going to end my story.
This new outlook has opened my eyes to all the time I have wasted worrying and stressing out. Things always worked out. It may not have been as quickly as I liked, but it always worked out. The project got done, the bill was eventually paid, health returned, another job came along, a friend called when needed, I eventually learned to live with the grief. The huge scary outcome, the devastation I feared never came. And, when it got worse than expected, it didn’t last. It always got better in the end. Happiness returned.
But, the lesson here is, happiness should never have left in the first place.
So, I am letting go.
I am embracing the good, the bad, and the ugly.
And I am rocking it out.
Because I have faith that all is for good.
And I have faith in happy endings.
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Wishing you a week filled with light and love, Darlene.