We’ve all said it: “if I only won the lottery,” “if only I didn’t have to work,” “if only I lived here or was more this or less that….”
These are all imagined circumstances aimed at combatting the circumstances that surround our existence. However, limitations are part of life.
I think there is a lot of good in our imaginations, they reveal something about our inner desires; but, unless channelled into positive action, they will remain just that.
So, think about the second half of that statement: “if” things were this way, “then” they would be… what? Think of the steps today you could take to make that “then” come true.
Sometimes, that “then” is too vague. “Rich and famous” is too broad, though there may be a deeper truth beneath that. Maybe you’d like to be a good actor or businesses person. There are lots of steps to take towards that. Maybe it’s leisure that you’re looking for, and you simply need to take more down time, time to stop and smell the flowers, to rest and rejuvenate. Or maybe, when you break it down and really think what you actually want in life, the goal is not what you’re looking for at all.
In other cases, that “if” doesn’t have any “then” at all. It’s just an “if.” If that’s that’s the case, focusing your mental attentions elsewhere would perhaps be a better way to spend your time. Empty thinking leads to spinning wheels, which can lead to exhaustion, depression, and all kinds of unwanted things.
Indeed, we can spend a lifetime making ourselves miserable over hypothetical situations. Spice up your life with a little concrete action. You’ll be amazed to find how cool and empowering it is to use your imaginations to work with your limitations, rather than against them, to produce a nifty result.