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“This is not hard work.” Sound appealing? It’s a comment from Louise Hay about changing your thoughts. You’re probably thinking, “Yeah, right! It can’t be that simple!” Well, maybe it is.

Life coach Gabby Bernstein shared a remarkable comment about her wonderful friends. They loved and supported her without question, but getting other millenials to embrace her Course in Miracles work sometimes felt like pulling teeth. The protests seemed endless. “Gabby, it’s so depressing!” “I don’t want to do that. What a bummer!” “Can’t we talk about something else?!”

It’s an understandable sentiment, but what does visiting your Christmas Future look like if you haven’t spent time reflecting? Decades later, are you happily in the flow of life or as stubborn as Ebenezer Scrooge? Having the courage to explore insights you’re receiving, and understanding them early, is the focus of the April series, Smell the Rain.

Faith couldn’t wait to tell the girls from the neighborhood about her second high school reunion. I was in college at the time. As we settled in with our cocktails around the pool, she commented about the discernable difference from their first party.

“At our 10 year reunion, everyone was doing well. People had bought their first place. They were having their first baby or second. The 20 year reunion was totally different.”

“Why?” I asked casually. “Isn’t it mostly the same people?”

“It is, but that’s the point. People try to put their best foot forward, but it’s surprisingly obvious what’s working and what isn’t. The high school quarterback who was a big flirt? He’s on his third marriage. Other people have a big title, then admit after a few drinks that their high stress job is wearing them out. Some classmates are still married, but spent most of the evening ignoring their spouse,” Faith said.

I flinched at her cautionary tale. Before you claim it’s too hard to change, think about others who did:

  • In Let It Break, the young veterinarian thought, “I’ve bought this house. It’s a money pit, but I have to stick with it.” After talking with Suze Orman, she had a radical shift to “I can sell this house. Selling doesn’t mean I’ll never own a home again. It means this isn’t right for me now.”
  • College basketball coach Phil Martelli dropped his laser focus. He altered his belief of “I have time for nothing else on game day” to “I can find a few minutes to play with my grandkids.”

This is the week to open yourself to the possibility of another angle, a different solution. Smell the rain and rewrite the next 10 years of your life so they’re filled with joy and success, not questionable choices and painful limitations. Here’s your mantra from Louise Hay, “It’s only a thought, and a thought can be changed. This is not hard work.”