I’ve been on my own spiritual journey for a while. I look up to people like Oprah, Deepak Chopra, Wayne Dyer, Eckhart Tolle, as well as people who aren’t famous, but seem to have “it all figured out”. Oh my gosh do I wish I were one of them. It seems like they have all the answers and just sail through life on a sailboat, buoyed by the breeze.
I have tried to figure it all out for most of my life. It’s like if I could just find that magic bullet, everything would go so smoothly. I’d be successful at whatever I want to be successful at, enjoy every moment of my life, and deal with hardship like a pro.
Maybe that magic bullet would look something like what others seem to have found, or be unique to me. But it would be my own. I kept wanting it to show up one day like a big ‘aha’ that would come swooshing past me like a thunderous breeze during a storm. Or I’d wake up in the middle of the night with someone whispering I my ear, “this is what you must do.” Oh how I’ve wished that would happen.
It hasn’t. It still might. But I’m not going to put any money down.
While listening to an NPR radio music show called The Mountain Stage not too long ago, the announcer said something that struck me. He said. “can’t we just let the mysteries of life remain mysteries?”
I realized in that moment, I was trying to solve all the mysteries in my life. I was trying to just figure it all out in hopes that my life would somehow be elevated to an ethereal level of experience.
Oh ha ha ha!
If we could figure it all out, there is so much we’d miss out on. All those unexpected surprises that make life so fun and meaningful. Like when you turn around and find two of your dogs lying on opposite ends of the couch but in the exact same position. You just have to laugh and be lost in the wonder of it all. Then there’s the phone call you never expected that led you to working with another person on a project which was just so much fun.
I decided that not trying to figure it all out might be the more relaxed and enjoyable way to go.
How about you? Have you figured it all out? Are you trying to? Join the conversation on the blog by leaving a comment below, or email me, firstname.lastname@example.org
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