October 16

Today's quotation:

Some luck lies in not getting what you thought you
wanted, but getting what you have, which once you
have got it you may be smart enough to see is
what you would have wanted had you known.

Garrison Keillor

Today's Meditation:

There have been plenty of times when I've really wanted something--some thing, some relationship, some job.  And I've done everything I could to acquire it or make it happen.  Many times, I've failed to do so.  And as time goes on, I've started to see that that usually is a good thing, that what I get instead definitely is the best thing for me and for the other people in my life.

It can be lucky not to get what we want, for if we get what we think we want, there may be no space available in our lives for what we truly want.  I may have my heart set on a particular car, but if I get it I won't be able to get the car that's better and cheaper that I find a week later.  I may be interested in a certain job, but if I take it then I won't be able to say yes to the better job offer that comes along in a couple of months.

Life really does look out for us.  If we trust it, then we can let go of our wanting and needing, and we can allow life to treat us well and bring to us those things that are truly the best for us.  Very often our wants are influenced by others--friends, families, marketers, advertisers--and we often want things that we hadn't wanted until someone else brought them to our attention.  Once that happens, it can be very healthy for us to say, instead of "I'm going to get that at any cost," "If life knows that that's best for me, then it will be a part of my life when it's best for that to happen."

Look at your life and see the many wonderful things that are a part of it.  How many of those things did you actually strive for, and how many of them somehow found their ways into your life while you were striving for something else that you ended up not getting?  If we're smart enough, we can see which is better for us.

Questions to consider:

Why do we often feel that we've failed if we strive to get something or make something work, only to not achieve that goal?

What happens when there's not room in our lives for the best things for us, and they try to enter our lives?

Why do we tend to feel that it's our responsibility to define and seek the many elements of our lives?

For further thought:

Life is good and is always trying to do us a good turn
if we will only allow it to do so.

Henry T. Hamblin

  

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