It sometimes becomes a habit to continuously look back on our lives and wonder if we’ve made the right choices. “Would I have been happier if I had chosen this area of study, that job, this partner, that house?” Often, we long for the past in which we imagine we were happier.
It’s also a habit that when we’re presented with a choice, we begin to wonder which one will bring us more happiness. “This job will guarantee me a huge salary, a better lifestyle, better facilities for my children?” or “Let’s buy a bigger house in a better locality so we can interact with more successful people…… which will ultimately lead to our happiness.” We long for a future full of happiness.
I recall the story of a man who chased by tigers scurried down a vine that was hanging at the edge of a cliff. As he looked down he realized that there were two tigers below waiting to pounce on him. He couldn’t move backward or forward. Suddenly he noticed a ripe, red strawberry growing on the cliff near him. Smiling, he reached out, grabbed the fruit and enjoyed the sweetest strawberry ever!
We keep looking at that proverbial glass and asking whether it’s half full or half-empty. In actual fact. the glass is both half full and half empty, don’t you think?
If only we would, like the man who chose the strawberry, get on with life and seize every opportunity to love, learn and grow. If only we would choose the present moment – and not worry about that d**** glass!
May you be inspired – every day!