The past few years the angels have challenged me to notice where I see life as “hard” – things as simple as grumbling when I dropped a fork, or crying over a physical challenge. They didn’t do this to be cruel or nitpicky. They did it to remind me that life will become much easier when we stop focusing on how “hard” it is now!
In our willingness to embrace life’s challenges as a child does – with curiosity and innocence – the challenges cease to be problems. So, every time something happened that I didn’t like, I’d remind myself, “Life isn’t hard! Life is an adventure!” I found myself getting clever again, finding answers, and tapping into the God-given help we all have… for myself as easily as I do for others 🙂
When we’re not busy resisting life, we’re open to the help from heaven so we can enjoy life even more!
I have talked to many people who can’t wait to die. They think of death as an escape, not realizing that we take ourselves with! Whatever thinking we embrace on earth, we bring with us, and if it’s not so good, eventually our souls will long to come back to earth and do better! “Like kids with a video game,” the angels say, “we want to come back and master our own illusions and wrong thinking.” It is hard to imagine, but when you get in heaven the desire to love is SO strong and so overpowering, it will draw you right back to earth, even if you wait a few hundred years in heaven, unless you learn to love yourself exactly as you are!
I happen to like earth… a lot! I’ve been to heaven and back. It is love and beauty beyond reason, but earth is a magnificent playground for the soul with so much diversity! Here God portions his love into a gazillion forms and we get to witness the wonder of it all! It hasn’t always been easy, but the more I embrace life rather than resist it, and the more I embrace myself rather than resist me, the more resilient and joyful I become.
These past few months have been inwardly tough, as life and the angels have helped me see every area in my soul where I’ve felt unlovable. It wasn’t easy to look at. Its so much easier to blame life, others, my past, but I took responsibility for my own creation. I chose to love even those who had been unloving, to not ignore those who have ignored me, to love myself even when no one else seemed to be there to do it. I knew I had achieved quite a victory in my soul and I felt really good about it.
Apparently I graduated.
I woke up a few Friday’s ago, with an indescribable peace and a strong understanding that I could choose to “go home”now. I felt the tug and pull and peace of heaven. I knew that if I stayed it would mean more intense growth, but also joy and a life of contribution. It was my choice. I saw clearly, that if I chose, I would leave swiftly and painlessly in a car accident. There was no fear or drama – only sweet peace and a choice to be made.
I chose to live. I stayed inside the following day rather than driving up north. The following weekend, an event I was going to attend in Sedona was canceled due to inclement weather. I would have been on icy roads… We do have choice, whether we are aware or not… and life is a beautiful adventure as regardless of how it looks.
Here are a few tips to remember that life doesn’t have to be hard this week
1. Make peace with the fact that life is always interrupting “your life!”
That sounds funny, but we have our plans, and life seems to interrupt them all the time! We intend to leave the house on time but someone calls. We sit to answer a few emails and end up being distracted for an hour. We have plans to rest, but something spills or the kids, spouse, friends, parents, need something. We ran out of soap and have to run to the store…
Life interrupts “our life” all the time! To find true joy we have to stop thinking our “real lives” are going to happen someday when everything is perfect, when we have the perfect bank account, the perfect partner, the perfect health, etc.
Far better to realize that life is happening now, and choose to be with it on its own terms. Face the day like a child on a grand adventure. Who cares if we don’t always get our way, if we choose to be happy now.
It’s a funny thing but if you choose to be happy now, more joy comes later… and more easily. Don’t wait for life to stop interrupting “your life.”
Live now. Love now.
2. Look at life as an adventure
We can look at life as hard, or we can look at it as an adventure. When I’m in a space of truth, and I drop a dish or spill milk, I enjoy it thoroughly! When I’ve been bloated like a walrus, I stick my tummy out like a child and marvel at it. Children show off their “boo boos” and broken legs. They love watching things spill and making a mess. They observe drama with a curiosity born of innocence.
We can do this too! Imagine you are a child, just observing human life without judgment. See if you can go through a whole day with only a sense of wonder and curiosity for all you see.
3. When things don’t go your way, assume you are loved!
Its so easy to assume we’ve done something wrong, or that we’re not loved when things don’t go our way! We’re sometimes act like kids screaming for a cookie, the angels say, when the feast is coming!
Assume you are loved no matter what… and see how that shifts your reality.
Life is an adventure. Sometimes it looks as we want. Sometimes it doesn’t. Nonetheless, with an open mind and heart, we can enjoy the adventure, find joy in the present, and in so doing open ourselves up to attract more ease, grace, joy, and love than any amount of struggle and effort will ever bring.