How many of us get caught up in the “what ifs?” What if: I can’t pay the rent this month – my partner moves out – I get sick – I never find the one – I get fired – I’m stuck in this job forever – He/She doesn’t call – I made a terrible mistake – and many other things you’ve found to worry about over the years.
Did you ever check in after the fact? How much of your worrying over the years came true? Maybe some, none, all?
Most wisdom teachings have something to say about living in the present moment – the Now! Just think how much easier and happier your life might be if you simply dealt with what’s right in front of you Now, rather than being concerned with the future or the past. For most of us this moment – most of the time – is good. What percentage of your time do you spend worrying? Do you realize it takes you away from this present moment when everything is good? Are you missing life – this moment – while worrying about the past or the future?
It really boils down to whether you want to be a victim in your own life or not. Do you like feeling sorry for yourself? Do you realize you get to choose what you think? And, what you do? What is your intention for your life? Joy, abundance, fun, peace, love? Or, not?
I understand life brings challenges to all of us. We do get sick. Partners do walk out. We do get fired. We can’t pay the rent sometimes. Even in the midst of those challenges – your intention – your orientation to the challenge – often defines the outcome. The Buddha said something to the effect that life contains pain, but suffering is optional.
Robert Downey, Jr. and the Buddha in one post! And, both sort of giving us the same advice. Wild!