Before social media and before the idea of “liking” something was tapping a heart emoji on a video or photo of someone we may not even know, we would like things we felt open to. We connected with something or a person. We took a chance and opened ourselves up.
When we choose to like a TV show, we “buy in” and give ourselves over. The same with saying out loud, “I like this person.” We are committing to a decision – we’re cutting off other options. We could always change our minds, but at that moment in time we made a commitment to ourselves and possibly another person in which we followed up with actions that support our declaration.
Nowadays, with so much cancel culture and judgement on and offline, we seem to straddle the line hoping to appease each and every perspective, person, group, faction and political party. It’s okay if someone else doesn’t agree with us. We’ll survive. They will too.
Make a decision to like a person and their company because they treat you with kindness and respect. Go out on a limb and choose to like green tea ice cream because you like the taste of it. Who cares what any one else thinks. It’s not about them anyway.
Just like it!
Ha! How do you like that title?
What I mean is this: We often times want to know the lay of the land and the results of the ending before we get started. Life doesn’t work that way. Unless your my wife and she’s looking up the ending of the movie on her phone as we sit in the theater in the dark watching . . . the movie.
Every other occasion we are taking a step into the abyss on blind faith. This means we are abundantly clear that we don’t have the answers for what we’re engaged in and trying to accomplish at the time. We have no clue on how it’s going to come together. And that’s the idea.
Get comfortable not knowing. Get comfortable in the unknown. Get used to the dark. There’s nothing we need to be afraid of and nothing else we need to know.
There’s always time to celebrate someone in our lives. There’s always time to let them know we appreciate them for who they are. Even though maybe they haven’t done much for us. .
It’s always a good time to tell someone you Love them. Lord knows we could use more Love in the world.
It doesn’t have to be a birthday. It can be a Tuesday. A Saturday. Any day. Any time. Anyone.
Our lives often times become the people we surround ourselves with and our relationships become how we treat others. Why not give ‘it’ away once in a while. Maybe a whole buch. Why not?
This world can always use a bit of unselfishness today.
Let’s go celebrate.
I suppose we always have the choice of going through life anesthetized – numb or unconscious, finding brief moments in time to come up for air and convincing ourselves this is all that life has to offer in regards to being happy.
Or we can take control of our lives and question how we choose to be a participant in it by asking questions, challenging our own perspective and deep diving into our minds to understand how best we can operate in this great big world of ours as we grow, learn and evolve into the best version of ourselves we can be.
The choice is yours.
Here’s an idea: If what we focus on expands, then why can’t we pay attention to the small things in our day where we can find joy in the minute details. Would this be a way of shifting our perspective and expanding the timeline of our lives in order to find more fulfillment and joy in what could be called the monotonous and sometimes drab tasks we take part in?
I believe the answer is – Yes. Of course this is a way. We’re fully capable of finding a way to make that 3 mile run a precious act of Love and fulfillment if we can only choose the right perspective. Maybe we can pretend as if this is the last time you ever get to run again. I bet we could find not only a way to enjoy it, but to be grateful for the opportunity. I did. Last night.
I’m no smarter than the average bear, but I certainly can do my best to stay out of the deep rut of life we can find ourselves getting into making our days less than average. It just takes a little effort and creativity.
We’re all capable of anything! That we must remember.