There was a recent quote from Abraham I came across, which really resonated with me. It went like this:
“There is no condition that you cannot modify into something more, any more than there is any painting that you can paint and not like and just paint over it again.”
I realize sometimes how non-deliberate, how unintentional we are in life. We might focus on a single goal, but a lot of times we just allow the rest of life to do what it does, for good or for bad.
It’s because we see life as a collection of stuff, of experiences, of events, that are good and bad. And we’d really like to have more of the good ones, and fewer of the bad ones, thank you very much.
And yet this doesn’t work because that’s not the law of attraction. That’s just trying to control life — trying to manipulate reality.
We forget the “attraction” part of “law of attraction”, and sometimes just make it into “How to get what I want.”
And yet this very quote I’ve included above talks about changing conditions, doesn’t it?
It does. But the way we go about changing those conditions is not by trying to change the stuff out there. It’s about trying to change what we feel within.
I’ll give a perfect example I just experienced recently. Sometimes I feel insecure at work, like I don’t contribute enough, or am not recognized for what I do.
Now I could project this outward. I could blame my coworkers, blame my bosses, blame the environment. I could even blame myself for not doing enough. But none of that would be “attracting” a new condition. It would be just fighting with reality.
Instead I came up with a statement that encapsulated how I wanted to feel. That statement was, “I want to be valuable.” That statement really made me feel good to think about.
And so any time my mind would wander to those insecurities, to those anxieties, I would bring it back to that statement and the feeling it evoked.
Long story short, yesterday (within one day of doing this), I just happened to come across an issue another coworker had reported and written a fix for. Usually I stay in my own lane, work on my own issues I’ve been assigned, but I was investigating a build error that was reported and it just so happened to lead me to this other issue I didn’t know about.
Now this other issue had been assigned to someone else to investigate, to make sure it actually was an issue. But I saw the issue, saw the fix that had been written for it, and offered to my project manager to quickly take a look at it. Again, only because I was already there, and this other person hadn’t acted on it yet.
My PM thanked me and said he hadn’t even realized a fix had been written for it yet. So he said to go ahead and review it and include it in our next release.
And so I did exactly that: verified the issue, reviewed the code, tested the fix.
I really don’t believe I normally would have come across this situation. But because of the very light intention I held to be valuable, I came across something that I could easily contribute to in only about 20 minutes of my time, and was thanked for handling.
This was an example of being deliberate with my focus, being intentional with my state of being. How many little things, little inconveniences, little irritants, are there every day that pass by without me focusing differently to get a different outcome? But here in this one situation, I saw how simple it can be to quickly change reality in a way that I am happier with.
Do you decide how you want to feel first thing in the morning, or do you just meet the day as it is? Do you monitor your emotional state throughout the day and correct it as necessary, or do you just let life affect you how it will? Do you give your focus to what you want in a situation that may not currently be ideal, or do you just manifest by default?
This is a call to be more deliberate. You are a creator, so create. Don’t just create the big stuff — like the new job, the higher income, the new relationship. Create the small stuff too along the way, the stuff that affects your life on a day-to-day basis. And many times, by being deliberate about the small stuff, the bigger stuff will come more easily into alignment as well.
This is your painting. Life is your canvas to create upon anything you choose. That doesn’t just go for the big things, but the small, everyday occurrences as well. Do you want annoyance at work to be on your canvas? Do you want frustration with a friend to be reflected in that painting? Is there any reason to tolerate a subpar situation?
Every single element of life is there because you created it, whether deliberately or not. And because you put it there, you can change it. Every annoyance, every fear, every inconvenience, every injustice is there because you have painted it upon your canvas — you have included those discordant harmonies in your melody of life. Will you choose differently?
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