Sometimes, a moment will jump out at us, as if we’ve been waiting for it all our lives. This quote from Eckhart Tolle is one of those moments for me.
How often have I said to myself or out loud “Why me?! How did whatever-it-is happen to me? What did I do to deserve it?” Seeing myself as a victim of circumstances, perhaps being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
As an experiment, what would change or alter for me if I accepted any moment as if I’d chosen it? Because in a way I have chosen it: I might choose the real possibility of being late if I worked late the night before and drag myself out of bed in the morning, not really physically ready for any issues that might arise; or I might choose to put myself in a new situation where a lot I can’t predict might happen; or alternatively, I might choose to rest and remain home, safe and sound, missing any opportunities for growth that day – except what might happen in my nice, seemingly safe home.
As Tolle points out, the challenge isn’t to assume that the state we are currently in is entirely our doing. Some things are unavoidable: a big or small misfortune, a long-term disease – some things are simply given to us by Nature. His challenge for us is to act as if we chose what is, at any moment, part of our lives. I believe it’s really about taking charge of the moment, of altering our perspective from seeing the world as happening to us to really simply being in the world.
So, I challenged myself to live this an entire day. Beginning in the morning, I would take a moment throughout the day to ask myself Tolle’s question – What if I accept this moment as if I’d chosen it? – then journal my response.
Here are a few journal entries:
In answer to myself, I didn’t chose the wrong day. With a different mindset, this might have been a day of annoyances. Instead, it became a nice day.
If you find yourself in a day that seems to be going badly, see if you can ask yourself the question: What if I were to accept this moment as if I chose it?
Quote of the Day
It’s today,” squeaked Piglet.
My favorite day,” said Pooh.”
A. A. Milne
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