Obama’s legendary speech from his first campaign popularized the phrase, we are the ones we’ve been waiting for.
Which wasn’t a new idea, per se. Those words had already been used in various poems, songs and books over the years.
But it was the context in which the president used that language which gave it so much gravity.
Years later, thinking back on that moment in history, that phrase still inspires me to double down on my sense of personal responsibility. To take extreme ownership over my life.
Never waiting for some process to start working its magic, never waiting for anyone but me to give me what I want, never shutting down the awareness of what I already have in reality, never seeking approval from an invisible body that could never grant me what only I can grant myself.
It’s not a control thing. It’s not me trying to white knuckle reality. And it’s not a naive attempt to wrestle magical control over my fate.
But why layer another level of suffering on top of my pain? Why allow my entire happiness to be dependent on the decisions of one person?
Byron’s eloquent book on joy reminds us that it’s painful to seek what we can never have outside ourselves. And she’s right. If we don’t decide that we are the ones we’ve been waiting for, we surrender our power to others. We allow our experience of joy to rely on one magic moment that has the power to make or break our life.
Find the love you can never lose.
Experience the sheer satisfaction, peace and joy that comes from the things that nobody can take away from you.
LET ME ASK YA THIS…
Are you ready to stop looking for happiness in impermanent things and start finding an internal source of happiness that is not dependent on or addicted to circumstances?
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