There is a wonderful dialogue about life hidden in the movie, Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium. We can't share the whole dialogue here, but we want to share with you the closing line, "your life is an occasion, rise to it."
When you hear this, do you interpret it more like:
1. I’m never going to live up to my potential
2. I’ve been given the winning lottery ticket
We would all prefer to be inspired by the opportunities of life, rather than experience them as insurmountable obstacles laden with pressure. Our thinking is very powerful. It dominates our view and experience of reality. Noticing whether your thinking is more aligned with statement 1 or statement 2 is important. As much as we would like to take control of our thinking and steer it in our chosen direction, it is not that simple. If you want to change your thinking, the first step is to be aware of what it is. Observe your thinking in all of the regular activities of your life.
As a little experiment right now, take a look at your average day. Notice your approach to specific moments of your life: Your morning routine, your commute, your lack of a commute, your workout, your interactions with family or co-workers, projects, lunch, etc. Is the sum of all of these daily tasks and activities full of burden, pressure, angst, and unrest? Or, are they wonderful things that you get to do? What is the net result of your day, a burden or gift? And, notice when you have arrived at an answer, what effect does it have on you?
To embracing the occasion of your life