My relationship with goodness has been a pretty tricky one. When I look back on my life and the times when things were really really good, they were also peppered in doubts that something bad was going to creep in. Thoughts like “Who am I to have so much?” or “How can I have so much when others have so little?”, would limit how good I would allow myself to feel. I’d also fall into the comparison trap. Nothing zaps joy faster than comparison. Viewing life through a lens of lack nullifies what you have.
What I’ve come to realize is that life is always trying to gift us more. More goodness. Wether we open ourselves to see that goodness is the determining factor on if we feel that way.
Take a look back over your life. Yes, there are ups and downs, but there is also an ever increasing abundance of good. Even the “bad” things garnish a certain goodness. A learning that you wouldn’t have had otherwise. Nothing gets your attention faster than life shaking you by the shoulders to get you to focus on what is truly important. This year has offered more than a few of these moments for me.
I have started actively looking for the ways that I stop myself from truly experiencing the joy that is here for me. When I experience the familiar limits that I place on my reality, I challenge myself to see things differently. Contrary to what we have been taught, life is FOR pleasure. We will all ultimately meet the end. When we arrive there, will we wish we had lived or will we celebrate the life we were gifted. It is time for celebration. No matter what life is presenting you with, there is ALWAYS something to celebrate.