A friend asked me the other day how is it possible that some people seem so in control, together, organized, inspired and above all else, happy?
Does life ever get to you? You somehow make living look so easy, what is your secret?
After much thought and processing, this was my reply to her powerful question.
I don’t think there is a mysterious secret to living a life of inspiration, gratitude, focus and happiness. I think that we have the magnificent ability and superpower to choose to live this way and we are lucky enough to reaffirm this decision every single day.
Yes, life throws us unexpected turns and twists all the time.
Yes, our plans somehow seem to make other plans of their own without our input and intervention. And yes, some of our outcomes aren’t always the most desirable and many hopeful expectations are left unmet.
Yes, life can get to us. If we let it.
Every morning, life gives us as much as it gets us.
And we are blessed with a second chance.
To be free to take responsibility for our actions and the consequences of all the incredible opportunities we are brave enough to take – before life gets to us. Being ahead simply means we prefer to receive everything life has to offer in the best way possible. Because we have so much to be thankful for and so much to be happy about. And so much to look forward to. And we can all choose to see life this way.
Yes, life can so quickly get to us with the sadness, frustration, disappointment, fear, hatred, intolerance, vulnerabilities, disease, terror, hunger, poverty and extreme difficulties. But we can choose to take action and do something meaningful. We can choose to serve. We can choose to make a contribution. We can choose to be significant.
Is it easy? No way!
It takes hard work. It takes persistence and commitment to live a life that that’s filled faith that everything will always work itself out.
You get the life you have always dreamed of. You get the achievements you have always aimed for. You get the love you have always fantasized about, you get the career you have always driven towards and you get life the way you want it. You get life the way you ask for it. The key is this: Be of service, don’t give up, and have faith!