Today I’m thinking of John Lennon’s quote “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans”.
I am in Rio de Janeiro visiting my parents and was ready to leave back to the US when a situation came up with my dad making me stay for another couple of days. This time it was not his health, but his business.
So, here I was yesterday with my bags packed and people and things waiting for my return when it all had to change. Again, I was reminded life has a mind of its own.
As I think about John Lennon and the web and flow of life, thoughts of hope and failure come up.
Sometimes, when I get really tired of all the obstacles I have had to overcome and still jump over, I feel sorry for myself. Thoughts like “I deserve to receive more for all the effort I put out in my life” dance around in my brain and I feel bad for myself.
Of course, if we think of life as a scale, then one should get out as much as one puts in. And so should I.
It is then – while I’m throwing my own pity party – that I remember that the act of trying, the act of getting up every time I’m down, is what makes life interesting and creative. It isn’t so much the results – which make us feel great for a moment – that create an energized life; it is the process. It is how we find the strength and hope to create and recreate the life we want to live every single time. This never ending process is what keeps us in the game. Not so much the results.
So, when you feel yourself disheartened, think for a moment how your life would be if you didn’t keep going after your dreams. Think about how it would be if you just went through the motions and you will realize – like I do – that life is really what happens while you are busy making other plans.
Please read on.
How To Begin To Cultivate Hope After Failing
By Carolyn Rubenstein
The scariest part of failure is being seen when you’re most vulnerable and least perfect. It is far safer (and easier) to hide behind dreams and schemes. It is even fun to dream and scheme — to think “what if,” and to create our own fairy tales — you know, something to look forward to, one day when you just know that it’s the right time…Continued