Please take a moment to read the title again, and now repeat it out loud, “This is my life—and I love it!” Did you smile? Or did you instantly think of all the ways your life sucks? If your thoughts went to a laundry list of things you are upset or discouraged about, understand that is simply a pattern your mind has been trained (starting in early childhood) to follow as soon as you think about your life.
We’re taught to reach for the stars, and then quickly whisper (as if superstitiously) “Oh, but not me—I can’t do that. Maybe someday if I study long enough and work hard enough, or get totally lucky and marry the right person…But not me, by myself. I’m not good enough.”
What is it that would cause you to love your life? What if it is as simple as an attitude change? What if all you need to do is make a commitment to yourself to release the negative judgment of yourself, and enjoy each day as it unfolds?
When we shift toward a sense of optimism and hope about our lives, it is easier for all the good we desire to find its way in past the wall of our defenses.
In a 1903 essay titled “Optimism,” Helen Keller (author of The Story of My Life and other works) wrote, “When Hauy offered to teach the blind to read, he was met by pessimism that laughed at his folly. Had he not believed that the soul of man is mightier than the ignorance that fetters it, had he not been an optimist, he would not have turned the fingers of the blind into new instruments. No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit.”
She’s referring to Valentin Hauy (1745-1822), who founded the Paris Insititue for Blind Youth. Louis Braille, inventor of the Braille raised dots system of reading, spent his life at that school as a student and later as a teacher.
What would’ve happened if Hauy gave up his dream of opening the school, because it wasn’t very pleasant to get mocked for it? Louis Braille (totally blind from age three after an injury and infection took his sight) wouldn’t have had a reading school to attend, and wouldn’t have invented the improvement over the “raised letters” system that was very slow to use.
Think about something you would really love to do, that you keep talking yourself out of. Imagine the ripple effect if you went ahead and did it anyway. Think about being of service to others with your idea, and you’ll open up the magical door to manifest your desire. The happiness you feel inside will radiate outwards as the first sign that you are in alignment with your dream, even before the tangible results start showing up.