There is a belief that says that you can attract anything you think long enough about in a positive, affirmative way.
Even if you discard the metaphysical component of that belief, I find again and again that the action of focusing on what you want, positively, affirmatively … is good.
It can spur you to action. It can spur your subconsciousness to release new ideas to you.
It can make you look for opportunities, you hitherto would not have looked for – or discovered even when you ran into them head-on.
And at the very least, it can make you feel hopeful if you are clear that this is a hope you entertain and not some bogey way of trying to convince yourself that reality right now is otherwise.
And that exercise is actually not so useless at all …
So: Beauty can be used as a question – “is this beautiful to do or think”? – in order to gain more of a beautiful experience. It just has to be made a habit to ask that question. And that is, as always, the hard part.
What if a major reason I am stuck is that I – despite my experience – have allowed other insidious thoughts to reign for too long? Those thoughts that berate?
For truly, this morning as I ate breakfast at a nearby cafe, getting ready for work, I felt … lighter. More joyful, if only ever-so-slightly. In fact, I felt a little … younger.
Just like when I was actually … that young.
I felt things were possible.
I think that has a lot to do with my resolution to do away with that inner critic on autopilot.
Maybe I can’t ever do away with it entirely and that is okay. I don’t attempt to be Jesus or Buddha here.
But I can certainly – certainly – make it better than now. I can make things different.
And that is the definition of hope.