Fifteen years ago, after being trapped in a plane on the tarmac at Mumbai Airport for 12 hours without food, water, or fresh air in 38 degree C heat, we were finally allowed to deplane and wander outside on the steaming runway for a few precious moments. The vast majority of passengers had turned ugly and frightfully close to murderous. Looking down on the sea of sticky-soft blackness, I spied a small metal zipper pull tab from a piece of long gone luggage. It was rather ordinary as zipper pull tabs go, except for two simple words stamped on it. “Travel Well” it read. I picked it up and pondered the current situation for a moment. Then, with the obligatory Indian head waggle, I placed it in my pocket and re-boarded the plane with a new-found sense of gratitude, and patiently waited for our journey to continue. I still have the pull tab to this day…tied to my journal.
Stop waiting. Stop waiting for something to happen. Stop waiting for this or that moment to end. Stop waiting for things to change, or waiting for things to get better.
This very moment is Life. This very moment is eternal. This very moment is Love.
Just stop. Take a deep breath, and be grateful for it.
Feel the vibration of gratitude deep in your heart, and your entire perspective will change.
Find something to be grateful for right now.
Hold that gratitude in your heart. It is contagious. The higher vibrations of Love and gratitude will radiate out and touch those around you.
Let go of the negative in your life. Just do it.
There is never an excuse to hold on to negativity. Stop trying to think of one.
We are rational beings. We can rationalize anything. Stop.
More importantly, we are spiritual beings. We are beings of Love and Light.
Stop waiting. Stop rationalizing. Stop.
Now breathe deeply.
- Do you have the Gratitude Attitude? (createwhatyouwant.org)
- Self Love Exercises – Part 7 (flamidwyfe.wordpress.com)
- gratitude (withoutnoah.wordpress.com)
- Day 28 – Gratitude Challenge (cauldronsandcupcakes.com)
Learning that we can trust the creative energy of Life itself enables us to relax more and more, because we know we don’t have to make things happen by force of our will. ~Swami Chetananda
Life happens. It happens without our consent. It happens without our effort. It happens without our will. It just happens. It happens whether we accept it or not. Therein lies the secret to happiness and serenity. Accept Life. Accept it on its own terms – not yours. The only thing in Life you can change is your own perspective. So, stop fighting Life. Accept it as it happens. Change your perspective if you must, but accept it. Accept every moment, good or bad. Understand that everything happens for a reason. You may never know what these reasons are. Perhaps you are merely a character in someone else’s story. Perhaps you are not the center of Life. Live Life with the knowledge that whatever happens is meant to happen. Humble yourself. And, in doing so, learn the lessons that Life is teaching.
- Life Lessons I’ve Learnt So Far (jyhedgehog.wordpress.com)
- Serenity (arlene1956.wordpress.com)
- Live In The Present (mferreira56.wordpress.com)