"I could see at least for a moment
how if you ever took truly to heart
the ultimate goodness and joy of things,
even at their bleakest,
the need to praise someone
or something for it would be so great
that you might even have to go out
and speak of it to the birds of the air."
-- Frederick Buechner
[Classic post from 3-9-17]
Have you ever felt that way? So full of joy, wonder, love that you wanted to jump up and down, put your hands in the air, move around the room, thanking God, thanking the Universe for the emotional bounty within you. What a rush. What a bit of magic in what might be a regularly common life.
I was in such joy just reading Frederick Buechner's words. He said what I have felt from time to time very effectively and poetically. And, the more important part to me is that he was saying this while in a situation where most of us might only scream complaints. In the midst of his uncomfortable physical situation, he had a beautiful insight into the glorious power of choosing a perspective--one that serves and sees beyond the current so-called reality to a wholly different one.
What is fascinating to me is that we all have probably had many of these glimpses into a different reality, whether from a current reality of struggle or not, and yet they may be few and far between. But, I believe and have practiced choosing them on purpose rather than waiting to stumble across the next one.
I love Frederick's line changed to a personal point of view: "if I ever took truly to heart the ultimate goodness and joy of things, even at its bleakest. . . the need to praise. . . " could not be contained. And what is wonderful about that line is that we can take charge of it in this way: As I truly take to heart the ultimate goodness and joy that surrounds me though I often may not see it outwardly, I have the power to lift that veil and see as I choose. We then may see our so-called current reality as merely and exquisitely contrast.
Abraham, Esther Hicks shares this insight: "It's not necessary for you to exacerbate your contrast with struggle in order to get it into a higher place. It is not necessary to suffer in order to give birth to desire. But when you have suffered and you have given birth to desire, so what? You've got a desire. Turn your attention to the desire. Think about where you're going and never mind where you've been. Don't spend any more time justifying any of that stuff."
In other words, focus on what you want and not what you have. Don't reject what you have. It is a blessing in that it has led to the desire for something you prefer. Bless the situation, and turn your attention to what you want by seeing the ultimate goodness and joy in your life and all of life.
We All Have The Power To Choose Our Perspective Regardless Of The Current Reality.
Spread Some Joy Today--by finding joy not fault. It's all in the view.