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“Don’t give up before the miracle happens.”
—Fannie Flagg in I Still Dream About You.
Hundreds of years from now, the children of our children’s children’s children’s children face a seemingly insurmountable challenge. To inspire themselves to succeed they look to wisdom from the past. They scan their retinas (because surely they’ll have Google Retina by then) for pithy, profound insights into the complexities of life.
Might they find inspiration from Rumi? Perhaps. Jesus? Also possible. Shakespeare, Einstein or Confucius might also be strong contenders. But they might also stumble upon some wisdom from another great wise man: Jim Carrey.
Who would have thought, right? But Carrey nails it in a convocation speech at (of all places) the Maharishi University of Management. In less than a minute he alludes to one incident from his life that encapsulates these spiritual principles:
- Be here now
- Make your decisions based on love not fear
- Ask the universe for it and allow yourself to be surprised by the miracle
- You can fail at what you don’t want, so do what you love.
“. . . all there will ever be is what’s happening here, and the decisions we make in this moment which are based in either love or fear. So many of us choose our path out of fear disguised as practicality. What we really want seems impossibly out of reach and ridiculous to expect, so we never dare to ask the universe for it. I’m saying—I’m the proof—that you can ask the universe for it.“
He went on to say:
“My father could have been a great comedian, but he didn’t believe that was possible for him, and so he made a conservative choice. Instead, he got a safe job as an accountant, and when I was 12 years old, he was let go from that safe job and our family had to do whatever we could to survive. I learned many great lessons from my father, not the least of which was you can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance at doing what you love.”
Holding a glass of water, Julie Desmarais walked into the room. “I had a feeling you might need some water,” she said.
I hadn’t wanted water, but I didn’t want to be rude. “Thank you,” I said and took a sip.
She pulled out a deck of cards—Doreen Virtue’s Ascended Masters. She spread them out in a fan shape, face down. “Pick one,” she said.
I chose a card at random. When I turned it over, I saw a picture of Oshun, “the Yoruba understanding of the cosmological forces of water, moisture, and attraction.” “Drink more water,” the card read.
Just one more inexplicable adventure I thought I’d share, so you could ponder it.
Here is a piece I posted in September 2011. Summer is a good time to take stock and put everything into perspective. This post helps me to realize my place in a vast and ever-changing universe.
You aren`t where you think you are, or at least, where you are keeps moving.
I recently picked up the tome that is The Road to Reality: A Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe by Roger Penrose. This book is not for everyone; it is a book for people with a high level of education and the ability to grasp complex mathematical equations. That is to say, not me.
Regardless, he has some interesting ideas, and I especially like his description of our place in the universe. As we go about our days brushing our teeth and sitting down to our dinner tables, the world around us feels so stable and stationary. But we are, in fact, hurtling through the atmosphere.
He asks us to pick a fixed point on Earth—perhaps where you are right now. Take out your imaginary black marker and draw a dot on your spot. (The dot will stay in that place, and you will move on.) Ten minutes from now the Earth will have rotated—and you along with it—to a position about 10 miles away from your original black marker dot. But that’s not all, the Earth is also moving around the sun, so in fact you will be about 100 times farther away, but in the opposite direction, and the earth will have moved so far away that your dot will be beyond the Earth’s atmosphere. And then the sun moves around the centre of the Milky Way galaxy, which is a part of clusters and super clusters, and so on, and so on . . .. In a mere ten minutes, you will have moved unbelievably, mind-bogglingly far through space.
I find this idea comforting somehow.
The perspective helps me to sort out what is really important. Does it matter that my library book is overdue, we have tuition to pay, or that I just spotted a new wrinkle? No! We’re all just hurtling through space.
I have left the message in my Inbox so when I open my e-mail every morning the words “Something amazingly awesome is going to happen to me today” greet me.
Is there a more positive way to start the day? I don’t think so.
When I live with that thought in mind, I surge with energy and attack the day with vigour. It puts me in a mindful place, so I look for “amazing” in events around me. It centers me in gratitude, so I celebrate many seemingly simple things as amazingly awesome: the brilliant red cardinal in my birdbath—awesome; getting all the green lights on my way to the store—awesome; the view from the hilltops of Gatineau Park—awesome; the ability to hike up the hills of Gatineau Park for a whole day with a healthy body and no sore muscles—amazingly awesome.
This simple phrase has a profound (amazingly awesome) effect on the nature of my day. I hope it will for you, too.