There’s a common thing that happens to surfers when we go out into the sea, after checking the surf, we paddle out and then while waiting for a set of waves to roll in, looking down to our left or right and the waves look like they are breaking better and more frequantly, If we paddle down and look where we just were, guess what? The waves look like they are breaking better and more frequently there! If you’re not careful you can end up spending your time paddling to and from and just wishing you were at either place!
I have to remind myself in that situation not to be fooled, which is sometimes so hard.
Quite often if I am patient the waves will come to me or it’s just an illusion that it’s better either side of me.
Hello, real world. What about our life situations?
We may feel when we look to the left or to the right at someone’s else’s life or on Facebook, Snapchat, Instagra, other families , lifestyles that life would be better “somewhere else” or our situation would be so much more fulfilling doing what “someone else is doing”.
The thought “if only” will kill your joy and ability to enjoy life where you are at.
If only I had a partner who was like this.
If only I had this thing.
If only I lived in that country.
If only I had a family like that.
If only I had more money.
If only I had more time.
If only I was taller, smarter, funnier, more talented.
Then I would be happy.
Setting goals and pushing forward towards your best is such a great and powerful thing to do, but it is also important to learnt how to find joy and happiness where you are now, enjoying being patient, achieving things, being content with what you have, because unless we learn how to be able to be filled with joy where we are at now there is no job, no partner, no place, no material thing, that will make you find it because it comes from within.
Enjoy your place now.
Enjoy your relationships now.
Enjoy where you are at in your life now.
Be content and see how much it can transform your life!
“But godliness with contentment is great gain.”
1 Timothy 6:6 NIV