The original title of this post was “From Fear and Frustration Around Your Present Situation To Feeling Joy and Eagerness Around the Creation of Your Dream.” I shortened the title because it seemed both long-winded and heavy on the “Fear and Frustration” part. However, I appreciated the former title’s directness because it reflects the truth of the struggle that we sometimes find ourselves in. Some days it feels like we are gazing at the distant majestic and serene castle of our dreams from the cardboard box of our present lives. (We might feel like we are living in a cardboard box in terms of our relationships, our work, our health or another area of life.)
Have you ever experienced these days? These are days when you feel much more inclined to count your failures on all your fingers and toes, instead of counting your blessings. These are days when instead of making a gratitude list you feel like filling up page after notebook page with FRUSTRATION LISTS. These are days when your dreams seem like mere fairy tales and your present situation seems to be fairly YUCK.
Have you ever experienced these days? I sure have!
These days give us a “cardboard box perception” of our lives.
Our present situations are often different from the situations of our dreams and through the lens of our “cardboard box perception” we amplify this difference. And when we shine our laser focus on this difference, we often naturally get bogged down in frustration, overwhelm, definitely discontentment, and even fear. This mix of emotions can feel downright miserable. In an effort to escape this misery, it is tempting to repeatedly say NO to the “cardboard box perception” that we feel ourselves to be living in.
In the act of saying NO, we focus on the “cardboard box perception” that we are saying NO to instead of saying YES! to the castle of our dreams. The more we dwell on what we are saying NO to the more we focus on that very thing. It is like we are writing a long essay entitled No I Don’t Want To Live In A “Cardboard Box.” To write this essay, we have to concentrate on our “cardboard box perception” to find the reasons that we don’t want to live there.
While tempting and even downright seductive, concentrating on our “cardboard box perception” does not fill us with the wisdom we need to live in the castle of our dreams.
So today, let’s all focus on the castles of dreams and the wonderful feelings that will come from living in our castle. Let’s live those castle feelings of today!
Game of the Day
What does it feel like to live in the castle of your dreams?
How can you live those castle feelings today?
Jason Freeman is a professional writer, and a one-of-a-kind public speaker. He is the founder and CEO of Heroic Yes! Productions. Jason has an MFA in Poetry from the University of Nebraska. He knows the pain of perceiving one’s life through a lens of limitation and also the thrill of moving beyond that mindset. For more information on Jason’s powerful message, or to book him to present to your organization, go to www.HeroicYesProductions.com.