THE MASTER PREFERS WHAT OCCURS
If you have been reading any of my posts throughout this worldwide adventure, you have probably noticed we have had some of the highest of highs but also some really low lows.
Whenever you make a huge life change, you have to be willing to accept that so much of what you thought to be true is going to be challenged.
Many of us go through our days and consequently our life going through the motions.
It is almost like driving your car to work or driving home from work.
In the beginning, you notice every turn, every stop light, every beautiful home and every ugly home. You notice exactly what the road feels like and every pothole or bump. You pay attention to which lanes move faster and the ones that have a tendency to get backed up.
In short, you are fully awake and fully present.
Then something happens.
You get into a routine. You stop noticing things and you just start going through the motions.
This happens to all areas of our life if we are not careful.
When our job becomes routine, we start to go through the motions.
When our relationships become routine, we start to go through the motions.
When we are just going through the motions, life becomes ordinary. There is much less effort involved.
We live in the middle when the highs are just above the midline and the lows are just below the midline. We never experience the true highs or lows that life has to offer.
Sometimes I wish I could live in the midline. It seems a lot easier and sometimes easier looks good to me.
The problem is there is something about my DNA that doesn’t allow me to do “easy.”
Sometimes that leads me to the peak of a mountain, literally, experiencing some of the most amazing views and feeling like I am on top of the world.
Other times it leads me down in the dumps pondering my identity and my very existence.
This has been my MO since I have been a kid.
Looking back though, I can see the lesson in every challenge and every victory. I can see the beauty in the amazing moments and the lessons I learned from the really crappy ones. When I do this, I am in full gratitude.
The biggest challenge is feeling that sense of gratitude in the moment of facing great adversity. It’s a lot easier to experience it in hindsight.
It has been said that ‘the master prefers what occurs.’
This goes for everything – the good and the bad.
- Matt Westheimer