In my last few posts, I’ve been exploring the relationship between our beliefs and our results. Stated simply, but accurately, our beliefs determine our thoughts, our thoughts determine our emotions, those determine our actions and our actions determine our results. So in the world of cause and effect, beliefs are cause and results are the effects.
In a previous post, I suggested that the true function of language is not to report on what is “out there,” but to create what is “out there” and this is why it’s not as difficult as it might seem to change your beliefs since our beliefs live in language. Again, change your beliefs, change your results.
Another example of this is how humans relate to the whole experience of happiness. When you ask most people what they really want, the answer most times is “to be happy.” If you ask them if they are, the answer is usually “no.” Here again the ego has sold us a bill of goods. According to the ego, happiness is all about climbing the ladder of success until you reach a point where you can achieve “the American dream.” You know, the house with the white picket fence, 2 or 3 car garage, etc. etc. etc. Trouble is, all the way up the ladder, people are unhappy. So no matter how high you go, you never seem to get to where you need to be to be happy because you’ve been carrying your unhappiness along with you all the way.
And, of course, in this scenario, money becomes very important. You have to have more money than you have because that is what will allow you to buy these sources of happiness. So people become workaholics, work 2 or 3 jobs, and do anything to make more money. But it’s never enough. And if you look inside many families, how money is made and spent is something that people often fight about.
Here’s what will appear obvious the moment I say it, although it won’t have been obvious the moment before: How about choosing to be happy NOW, and taking your happiness with you on the journey to wherever you want to go? Think about it. If you want all the things you want in your life because you think they will make you happy, which they may or may not, why not just choose to be happy right here and right now. When you spend your life preparing for the future rather than enjoying the present, you end up postponing your happiness to some time that may never occur. Is that really what you want to do?
Now the ego will tell you that’s a ridiculous idea. How can you possibly happy with your life being the way it is right now? Simple, choose it. Tell the ego to shut up and that you have the right to feel however you want to feel regardless of the circumstances. And here’s the best news of all: choosing to be happy right now will go far in attracting to you all the things you want, which will just add to and support your happiness.
Again, I’m inviting you to change your beliefs: choose to believe that your happiness is a choice you make in each moment about how you experience that moment, not a state to get to one day. You can actually choose to be happy right now. Why wait?
To be continued …
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