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.” This 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 we have been thinking about over and over for years, worrying about some random future event, making up all kinds of ways how things could go wrong or just worrying without clearly knowing what we are afraid of.
However, the main joy in life is in the exact opposite. Law of Attraction does not bring us what we want, it brings us what we are. It matches our energy and brings us more of 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 my way, 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 the ball 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.
4 thoughts on “Gratitude – Start enjoying, details to follow!”
Hahaha, Kaisa, lovely post! And am laughing, because it’s just so Finnish to worry ahead of time 😀 This and that horrible will happen if you do this and that… My rational thinking (although sometimes the emotional one doesn’t manage to follow along) is that everything will work out fine, unless proved otherwise. Why worry ahead of time, before anything bad has happened?
Well written Kaisa,
I just discovered your blog, and I have already bookmarked it on my laptop. How wonderful it is to discover such a like-minded woman to me! I am also an HSP/INFJ/Sensation Seeker. Even more, I love the same books as you. I am currently reading The Highly Sensitive Person by Dr. Elaine Aron, and a few months ago I read Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach.
Thank you for being you and posting content for our unique niche of people… you have no idea how comforting it is to me. I am 23 years old, recently graduated from college, and trying to find my vocational direction/path in life. I am a woman of many interests, but I want to delve into one and fulfill my life’s work.
I would LOVE it if you followed my new blog: mindfulwildflower.wordpress.com
Kaisa Kapanen says:
I see I have been on proper holiday since I just noticed your lovely comment! Thanks for taking the time to comment, I’m happy to keep pumping into others who are also HSP/HSS (and even INFJ), because it can be bit of a challenging combination sometimes. At least it’s very different from the main stream, so I am very encouraged to find more about this & write more about it. We introverts need a community too 😉
As another woman with many, many interests, I have struggled to find ONE area which would be fulfilling for me, so it’s great if you have found something that you want to devote yourself to! If not, having many projects / multiple careers in one life-time and a multipotentialite existence is another great way to go 🙂
I will check out your blog as well! <3