Last week I started reading a new inspiring book, Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach, and in the beginning it mentioned an old story about a telegram sent to a family member which said “Start worrying, details to follow.” which reminded me of a dear friend called gratitude.
I had to chuckle out loud, because it sounds ludicrous and yet we do this all the time. We think our circular thoughts, probably thoughts that we have been thinking about over and over for years, worrying about some random future event, making up all kinds of ways that things could go wrong or just worrying without clearly knowing what we are afraid of.
However, the main joy of life is in the exact opposite of this. Law of attraction does not bring us what we want, it brings us what we are. It matches our energy and brings us the same. If you worry and fear most of your time, you will probably get more of just that – reasons to fear and worry. You cannot get something you do not already have. This is one of those lovely contradictions in life, but it’s not as complicated as it seems.
It’s all for your own benefit
Your best bet is to start enjoying now, because good things are coming. How do I know? Because in the case of my own life, I have solemnly decided that the future will always be awesome, good things are always rolling towards me, and everything and anything that happens is for my own benefit. And when I look back, the proof is indeed in the pudding.
The things that at the surface seem hard and sticky are also somehow for my own benefit. Either they shield me from something that would have been even harder, they teach me a lesson I need to learn, or they turn out to be the biggest blessings once I am far enough to see the bigger picture. But always, always, the future is better than anything I have experienced before. This is a soothing thought in the moments of doubt.
That old gratitude
One of the most powerful spiritual practices we can do is gratitude. There is always something to be grateful for – healthy eyes to see the road ahead, yummy coffee in the morning, the wagging tail of a happy dog, anything. When we tune into the energy that comes from gratitude, we can easily find joy and lightness in life. And once we get rolling, we find more and more great things around us. At the same time we can extend this gratitude for all the great things that are coming to us but which we cannot yet see.
Worrying is negative planning. All those things we worry about are no more likely to happen than any awesome event we may fabricate in our minds. You decide what you attract into your life by deciding what you choose to focus on. Choose fear or love, which feels better?
My choice is clear. It’s all going to be awesome, so awesome I cannot even dream about it from my current, limited perspective no matter how hard I try. Thank goodness for my Universal Project Manager (aka the Universe itself) who fills in the details for me later on, I cannot be bothered to try and plan better.
I’ll just skip ahead and start enjoying already now, and eagerly await for the joyous details to be uncovered.