Updated: Jan 13
It has been said that life is not a destination, but a journey with a collection of experiences
where you evolve. How you begin life isn’t necessarily where you will end up, and where you
end up is not your ultimate destination. That is because life, your journey is never ending. As
you are traveling through this time-space reality, where you arrive can change from moment-
to-moment, and even when you think you’ve arrived, there is more to do and more to
experience. The more you experience, the more you grow. The more you grow, the more you evolve. The more you evolve, the wiser you become.
Regardless of where your experiences take you, you will always end up where you need to be at that moment. Your life is not a series of chance occurrences or intended accidents. Everything that shows up in your life serves the greater good of your inner-most desires and that which you are here to accomplish. Sometimes though, you must experience the opposite of a thing to appreciate the arrival of that which you desire. The opposite merely provides a reference point and helps you clarify to the Universe what it is you really want. Many of you however tend to experience the same things again and again. Why? Because it is your individual self that is attempting to gain a better understanding of who you are and what is important in your life. Therefore, the Universe responds to the dominant energy you put out. However, crazy as it may sound, it is best to seek things that bring you joy, which can lead to more joyful experiences than those that bring you pain, which sometimes lead to more painful experiences. But, pain is not always a curse because it causes you to grow in ways nothing else could, and to pay closer attention to that which you do not want, which ultimately can lead you to what you desire most. The knowledge you gain from that which is undesirable enables you to avoid things that can derail you on your journey into a direction of experiencing more of the same.
Regardless of where you are on your life journey, there is only one goal in life and that is to feel good. Feeling good leads to experiencing joy and the more joy you have, the more you can share with others. To bring joy to others though, you first must experience it yourself. It comes in many forms, from your relationship with people you enjoy being around, to listening to the laughter of a child, to observing beautiful art at a museum, and even to sexual intimacy with another, and much more. The purpose of your being here, besides your evolutionary growth is to experience feelings of joy and feeling good. Everything you say and do is supposed to make your feel good, and joy is supposed to be the outcome of everything you experience life. It is the norm of the Universe. If you seek it, you will be able to avoid many painful experiences that create the opposite effect.
Think of joy as a rainbow. Most people get excited when they see one except if one appears on an average day. What I mean is that people tend to appreciate it more after a severe weather occurrence than they would any other day. I remember once, driving on a road from New York to West Virginia to do a week-long project in the field. During the entire trip from the time we left until we returned home it rained heavily. The work we had to do required long hours in the field. By the end of the trip, we were all worn out and ready to dry off. On our return trip, as we got closer to home, the sun began to shine and as it did, a huge rainbow appeared across the entire sky. Everyone was in awe as to its size and brilliant colors. It was the biggest rainbow I have ever seen. The appearance of the rainbow, after all we had endured brought about feelings of joy. But, just as important was our appreciation for what it represented, an indication of better days. If that rainbow would have appeared prior to our journey, we might not have appreciated its beauty nor what it represented. Of all the rainbows I’ve ever seen in my life, this is the one I remember most. As a metaphor of life, a rainbow symbolizes new beginning and indicates relief for things gone by, which enables you to appreciate things yet to come. The trick is to recognize each time a rainbow shows up in your life. The more you are aware of it, the more joy you will experience. To invite more joyful experiences into your life, you must get comfortable with feeling good. If you use feeling good as your measuring stick, you are bound to experience more of what you want in life rather than what you do not want.
Every time you arrive at a point where you think you are supposed to be, pull out your joy stick and measure how good you feel. If it feels genuinely good, then you are where you need to be. If it doesn’t, let it go. And if you guess wrong, then the experience itself will make you wiser the next time.
Challenges, though difficult at times carry nuggets of wisdom, which allows you to appreciate the blessing on the other side of the experience; that rainbow if you will. When you go through life long enough, you come to realize that at the end of each experience are choices, and you get to make them all. Again, use your measuring stick to determine how good something makes you feel. Apply the wisdom you’ve gained from life’s lessons and you are bound to experience more joy. Since there are no accidents in the Universe, accepting where you are in your journey as just another stop along the way for pickup or drop off will enable you to continue moving forward, in the right direction. As you do, you will have a clearer vision of the direction you are taking.
Remember, this journey you are on is never ending and you will have many opportunities to evolve into the person you were born to be, and to experience the joy you seek in your heart. When it comes to evolution and growth, is not for the faint of heart, as your life will be full of twists and turns that are designed to help get you from where you are to where you wish to be. Just listen to your inner voice and enjoy your journey.
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