I woke up feeling this way. Infused with a sense of everything is in it’s rightness. That I am on my path, that the stars are aligned, and it will all Work.Out. That the illusive, sweet prize we’re all chasing is on my horizon, and one day that contract/income/relationship/conversation/adventure/vacation I’m craving will be mine. My very own ‘happy ending’. Forever and ever, end of story.
But that’s not the end of the story. Life doesn’t end with the sunset, kiss and movie credits. There’s a tomorrow. And a day after that. If I’m lucky, mine is a very long story – I hope yours is too.
So, we chase these things (I’m not the only one, right?) inventing in our heads why life will be better when we have them, and how kinda crappy things are without them. We’re waiting, and one day, we’ll get the prize and our lives will explode in technicolor.
But that doesn’t explain right now. Right now, I feel amazing. Check in with yourself, I bet some part of you does too. I sense my place in the world, in my life, in my community, and I adore it. It feels intentional and right, and it makes me want to dance around my living room, thrilled to be having this feeling. Nothing’s really changed. There was no magic kiss at sunset, signifying the ‘happy ending’ – no major developments in the interpersonal or business development world. All those things I talked about in the first paragraph are still in motion. I just feel right now, plugged in to purpose, gratitude, and love.
THIS is the working out. THIS is the Happy <no ending necessary!>. THIS is the future I’ve been obsessing about, so I damn well better pay attention. Without (right now, clearly in front of me in recognizable ways) the big contract/income/relationship/conversation/adventure/vacation that I have been telling myself I need, my life is already in technicolor. Opps! Guess I don’t really need those things.
I know this will shift. Another day I’ll wake up feeling desolate. Like nothing will ever ‘work out’ and that my life is a ridiculous pile of jello. It’s happened before, I’m sure it will again. (Ask my sister, she’s an expert in talking me through the insecure crazy). Because I am certain that this will not be how I feel always, I’m writing about it. To harness the power and claim it. To remind myself of later when I’m crying and making too many jello analogies.
‘Work out’, like ‘happy ending’ – are too sedentary of terms. I require something more dynamic, and I know you do too.
Working out – it’s working out, right now! Things are happening, life in in motion, all of the whatever-it-is you’re striving towards, is already working out. Until you cross the ultimate finish line, there’s no done. There’s no sunset and credits. It’s all in motion and flow. And whatever is happening for you now, is part of that. Your sucky job, the weather, annoying people telling you you can’t – all part of the flow, all helping you, working it out.
I love the river analogy. Does the river get stopped by rocks in its path? Giant ones? Rockfall quantities? Nope. It figures out ways to go around them. Bouncing off, squeezing through, surging over. The river keeps flowing, shaped by the rocks, but ultimately the rocks are forgotten when it reaches the ocean.
Be the river. This is your flow. How do you handle rocks? What can you learn from them? Let yourself have it all, right now. THIS is technicolor. Got better terms or analogies you like to use to explain it? Please share in the comments 🙂
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