Once of my clients loved to say, the grass is only greener on other side because it’s fertilized with bullshit. Think twice before you jump the fence.
It’s an interesting philosophy that I can appreciate from a comedic standpoint.
But then again, making grandiose pronouncements from my throne of cynicism isn’t a particularly useful way to spend my time. And besides, no path is entirely free of suffering. We will never create a world that has no difficulties. Our only hope is to create a relationship to the sorrow and joy in this life that is in harmony with reality.
What’s more, how dare people criticize a life that’s yours, that belongs to you? It doesn’t matter if you quit, level up, scale down, transition across the country, lower your expectations, sell out and or even settle for a future that’s cheaper.
All that matters is that it’s the life you want.
Because as soon as you begin thinking about what you want to create, you’ve put yourself in the position of cause, not effect. You’ve begun billowing toward a future that is always beckoning. And regardless of what the outcome is, nobody can take that away from you.
What some may think is failure is simply you being honest about what you want.
My mentor once told me that our options for creating a fulfilling life are only limited by our own lack of imagination. And that our definition of happiness can and should be altered and molded to fit wherever we are on the journey at any given time.
What I didn’t realize at the time, though, is that whatever life we choose, there will be no choir of angels, no parting of the skies, no glorious moment with fireworks and banners and trombones, and no voice from a burning bush telling us to keep going and that we’re on the right path.
There’s nothing but our ability to trust and listen to ourselves about what we want.
And to be at peace with the path we take.
Remember, compassion means facing reality and transforming our relationship to it. Whether that reality is ours, or someone else’s.
If your life is where you want it to be, you don’t have to listen to anybody.
LET ME ASK YA THIS…
Are you billowing toward a future that is always beckoning?
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