“Your heart knows the way. Run in that direction.” Rumi
Do remember anyone ever saying anything like Rumi’s quote to you?
In other words, did anyone ever tell you to trust your heart, to really follow your heart or to listen to yourself more than anyone else…
…even if the majority of people you were around were all singing the same song.
“Put your big girl pants on.”(This is just wrong.)
“Man up.” (This too.)
“To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.”
(Really? No stress with this one. OMG, you mean on top of everything else I’m worrying about, now I can waste or sacrifice a gift. No pressure here.)
“Success doesn’t just come and find you, You have to go out and get it.”
(This is a common theme that has the power to create a lot of stress for anyone who doesn’t have a clue how to go out and get. Or anyone that has limiting beliefs that are in the way of them feeling safe to do so. And what if you DO go out and get it and you’re still not happy or content?)
“Hustle until your haters ask if you’re hiring.”
(As if I want any of my haters to ask me if I’m hiring.)
“There is no success without hardship.”
(Come on now. Unfortunately I bought into this one for a long time. Does this really have to be true? I think not.)
“Stay positive, work hard, make it happen.”
(Okay now, are you allowed days when it’s really hard to stay positive? Do you really have to work hard to make it happen? What if you’re inspired and amazing things happen from inspiration?)
“Decide. Commit. Succeed.”
(My teeth are chatting on this one. Nice pithy saying but HOW does one decide, then commit and then succeed? Roadmap please.)
“Winners are not people who never fail, but people who never quit.”
(This is a setup for either being a winner or a loser and this sucks.)
What I’ve come to understand about quotes and thoughts like these, is that they really all come from the idea that we need to improve our ego; build a stronger ego. Inherent in this idea is that whatever we pursue, strive for or do is up to us alone. We live in a world that promotes all of this in many way. No wonder happiness feels so elusive.
What if you GET all of these
We’ve been sold a bill of goods that somehow, someway, a successful life is all about what we do and what we have instead of who we really are.
What if there’s an entirely different way to live that isn’t about striving and trying so friggin’ hard to HAVE A HAPPY LIFE. Isn’t this an oxymoron?
What if it’s not up to us alone?
What if there’s help that comes to us through inspiration?
What if there is a better way?
What if there is an easier way?
What if it’s possible?
Until Next Time,