There are times when being realistic can save our life. The other 99% of the time “realistic” is just synonymous with pessimistic or negative. My outlook and the state of my life seem to be directly correlated. How we frame it is how we live it.
Do you “get to” or do you “have to”?
Is life a gift or a burden?
Is this enough or do you need more?
Do you view it as an opportunity or an obstacle?
This isn’t an invitation to live with rose-colored glasses or to ignore real pain and suffering, missing the nuance of a multi-faceted existence. It is, however, an invitation to acknowledge and fight the default setting.
"Beliefs have the power to create and the power to destroy. Human beings have the awesome ability to take any experience of their lives and create a meaning that disempowers them or one that can literally save their lives."
- Tony Robbins
What we anticipate, expect, name, and assume...these things largely shape what we believe to be true about our reality, and as a result, directly shape our behavior, molding our life into the image of our thoughts.
Are you cognizant of the story you’re telling yourself? Are you being swept along by the whims of what’s happening to you?
Believe me, it’s a blind spot I have to correct often but one I refuse to ignore because life truly is a gift, an opportunity, enough, and I’m thankful I “get to” be here now.