The other day I was on my way to pick my husband up from the train station and recognised that I was in need of a change… not in my relationship, of course, but in my state of being.
I was feeling some mixture of frustration and irritation (looking back now, I couldn’t even tell you why).
In instances like these, old me would have been looking for the quickest way to get home, the quickest way to distract myself, or the quickest way to release my frustration on those around me… but, thankfully, I had just returned from a Tony Robbins event only a few days prior.
At this event, he talked about not only living in a beautiful state, but actively choosing to live there and putting yourself in that beautiful state of being within a millisecond, at the snap of a finger.
I was certainly clued in enough to know that I didn’t want to stay where I was. I didn’t want to continue in that frustrated state of being and so I decided to diffuse those feelings in a different way than I ever have before.
You see, I used to be obsessed with efficiency (and sometimes still am) and, in being that way, would value efficiency more highly than other, more simplistic and beautiful parts of life.
So I decide to disrupt that pattern within myself – the pattern of wanting to save the most time, the most petrol, and the most money over living beautifully.
And so what did I do?
I turned on my indicator, took a left turn, and chose to take the long way home.
Because it is breathtakingly beautiful.
Because, only a few days prior, I had discovered it by chance due to road works in the area and had never been so grateful for a traffic disruption in my life.
Because when I went that route only a few days before, I literally couldn’t help but to breathe in immense feelings of gratitude for all that surrounded me.
In those moments, I felt all of heaven present on this earth and was filled with the highest feelings of love and joy and gratitude.
So I knew I could use those sights and that gorgeous scenery as the antidote to my less than high state of being.
And guess what, it worked!
All I had to do was breathe in those breaths of immense gratitude and drink in the sights of the beauty around me to radically change my state of being.
And I was happy again.
Because, as Tony points out, “You can’t be angry and grateful at the same time”.
One day, I will have practiced enough to not need external sights to put me in a better mood. I will have built up the muscles and the reflexes within myself to make it more automatic but, for now, I am proud of the choice I made in that moment, proud of the step that I took to alter my old state of being and rewire myself for a better, more positive state of being.
Because you know what?
By making that one seemingly small decision and multiple more like it, I will radically change my life by being able to more rapidly move to a better feeling, beautiful state of being.
And what greater blessing could a person ask for (or actively create) than that?
When was the last time you took the long way home?
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