On a sunny morning in July I found myself alone at a local breakfast café. I was early for my scheduled meeting with a new business acquaintance. As I looked out the window at the people going by, some heading to their jobs, others walking their dogs, I wondered to myself, how did we all get here? What has influenced us to be at this specific point in time, intersecting each other’s lives either vaguely or significantly.
The answer that came to me was choices.
We have all made a million and one choices in our lives. Choices that have put us exactly where we are. The next question that I had was, are we making the best choices for the future generations? Will they look back and celebrate how we behaved? How we were courageous? How we made the tough decisions at the right time? Did we make choices even when we didn’t fully know the outcome; trusting in the guiding hand of the universe?
Anxiety Takes Away Our Ability to Make Choices
Every day, every minute, every second we have a choice – how to live, how to react, how to love, who to love, what to learn, where to put our focus and attention. Trusting our choices even when we don’t know for sure where they will lead us is living in the truest, most real sense. And then it hit me. This is exactly what anxiety takes away.
Anxiety takes away our ability to make choices. Anxiety robs people of the ability to trust life and the universe. It strips the deep knowing that the universe always has our back even when we can’t see what is in front of us. Instead anxiety forces us to make choices that are based out of fear and frustration rather than confidence and knowing. And since the world is becoming more and more anxious, does that mean we collectively are not making good, brave choices?
The Lost Art of Embracing the Unknown and Celebrating It
The secret that we are not taught in the classroom is how to embrace the unknown and celebrate it. The powers-that-be don’t want us to know that by dreaming and imaging with intensity and focus we can actually attract to ourselves that which we wish for. We don’t need to know with certainty and predictability exactly how to reach our goals. Instead we just need to trust the process of making choices. This is what the future generation needs from us. They need us to make brave choices into the unknown. Have we collectively lost this skill? Is this feeding the epidemic of anxiety or is anxiety feeding this lost skill?
So today, I vow to practice making brave choices. I will make a choice today and every day going forward with the intention of goodness for myself, family, community and universe that is not guaranteed or predictable. I am going to manifest my future dream and not ask the fear-based question of “what if it doesn’t work?” but instead embrace the concept of “it just might work”.
I can already feel myself expanding!
How can you practice imagination today? What in your life can you build an imaginary story around? What’s stopping you from imagining – nothing!
To our Health and Wellbeing,