All of a sudden I have realised something. Something pretty amazing. I am in the process of living my dreams!
We are always so busy with moving forward, with setting new goals and with finding problems with our current situation that we forget to appreciate when we are actually in the process of living some of our dreams. We live in a linear, forward moving culture, in which progress is the goal, and in which the norm is to constantly forcefully seek to advance.
“If I only get there, or achieve this or that, then I will be happy” is how we often think. But what happens, when we actually get there? What happens, when we reach our goals and start living our dreams? Do we remember to appreciate it, and do we remember to be grateful? And are we able to rest in a state of gratitude and be still for a while?
Often we don’t even notice when we reach our goals, because we are in a constant process of setting new goals and of restlessly pushing ourselves forward – by wanting something more, something new, something else than what we have.
“Always believe that something wonderful is about to happen”, it said on the chalkboard in Swasti Eco Cottages when I stayed there last year with my family.
I love that quote. Because resting in gratitude doesn’t mean that we must be static. Everything is always evolving, always in a state of flux. But my experience tells me that we don’t have to forcefully push something through – and that we should be careful constantly setting new goals and wanting more, as it makes us restless and unfulfilled. Being able to receive and to acknowledge that we have achieved something that we have wanted for a long time involves letting go of worries and of constantly wanting something more and new.
If we are grateful for what we have, and practice living with the expectation that something wonderful is about to happen, wonderful things that we could never imagine really do start happening. And when they do, we must remember to receive, acknowledge and be grateful.