Have you ever heard the phrase?: “It figures!”
Normally, this is used when things aren’t going so well. For example, if you get a flat tire and you’re late for work, you might say ‘it figures.’ Or, if you’re about go out and meet a bunch of friends and spill coffee on your shirt, you might feel the same way.
But, is this how you really feel? Is it what you actually believe?
Do you believe it makes sense the world conspires to make your life more difficult or less pleasant? Or do you believe your life is absolutely incredible and everything lines up, naturally and easily for you?
I suppose the underlying belief about your life proves itself true. What do you think?
Today, I woke up and shared a great conversation with a friend, took time to meditate and reflect, sent a message to spread health, said good morning to my family with a super hug & kiss, and then drove to my favorite coffeeshop while looking at gorgeous ocean views pretty much the entire time. When I sat down, the first thing that occurred to me was: “figures”
- It “figures” I have a life that’s so awesome.
- It “figures” I get to live by the ocean and enjoy it.
- It “figures” I have a family that loves me and I love them, too.
- It “figures” I have wonderful friends with whom I share my life.
- It “figures” I’m in such a great mood and filled with love.
- It “figures” I get to wake up and take time for myself, in the most quiet hours of the morning.
I guess it’s all the work I’ve done on myself over the last few years that’s changed my perspective. Nowadays, it seems I assume my life is amazing and am surprised if something goes wrong. And to be honest, it’s kind of tough to put my finger on an exact date this shift occurred, but I’m pretty sure the ‘only’ step to get here was to observe my own attitudes, expectations, and life philosophies. Once I observed my internal dialogue, it was easy to shift my thoughts and feelings towards more positive outcomes.
Today’s thought exercise: how ‘good’ of a life do you get to live? If it’s anything less than the best life you can imagine, why? (HINT: maybe the only reason is because you believe you’re limited.)
Sent to you with love, compassion, and gratitude,
Originally published at drkareem.com on August 31, 2017.