Friday, June 16, 2017

Enjoy it for what it is, but don’t trust it

Whenever I’m standing on the precipice of a new and exciting opportunity, merely imagining possibilities is itself a source of joy for me. 

Daydreaming and thinking about the future is a pleasurable experience. 

Because I understand that it’s just a thought experiment. There’s no expectation or attachment or entitlement to these daydreams. There’s no chicken counting, banner waving or getting my hopes up. 

As a friend mine loves to say, enjoy it for what it is, but don’t trust it. 

Anything more is a recipe for bitterness, disappointment and resentment. 

And so, next time you’re in the running for a new job or a new lover or new transition in life, allow yourself to begin dreaming of this new world. Give that gift to yourself. Relish it. 

But be prepared to let it go at any moment. Don’t overestimate the likelihood that the fantasy will actually occur. And don’t become unrealistically optimistic about your future. 

Because no matter how good it feels to frolic in the best of all imaginary tomorrows, that doesn’t change the simple fact of reality. 

Whatever it is that you think you want, it won’t make you whole, it won’t set you free and it won’t bring you happiness. 

Only you can do that for yourself. Right now. In this moment. By weakening your ties to external paths, cutting the intermediaries and unearthing the wellspring of joy that flows within. 

Like anything worthwhile in life, it’s an inside job. The onus is on you. 

And if you’re too busy chasing your elusive notion of what happiness and wholeness and freedom means, you’ll overlook the authentic bliss you create for yourself in the process.

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