Did I tell you? I love spirit stories..... Here's one from today, as I listened to someone this afternoon tell me all the reasons why their life had not been what they wanted....
Every day a man walked along the same road, the same stretch that took him to a job that he had lost faith in. He walked this same road, unhappily backwards and forwards to a job that he gained nothing from, he was rewarded with a small amount of money for the work that he did. He didn’t like the people that he worked with. He had worked in this role for 5 years and there was no sign of promotion or reward in any way. His motivation had gone and his days passed by rote. He had a million excuses for why he remained in the role that he didn’t love and the life that seemed to be passing him by.
Every day that this man walked he passed a beggar on the side of the road, every day this beggar played a simple instrument and sat on the side of the road come rain or shine, with his hat beside him and collected coins from the passers by. When the man had first started walking on this route he had made excuses to the beggar also as to why he didn’t have any coins, time or food to give the beggar. He felt sorry for the beggar and in his heart he wished he could help him but he felt it was too hard and there were reasons of course that he couldn’t help the man. In the end he just walked past him, excuses exhausted, his pace quickening.
Loads of Excuses : He didn’t get enough money, he didn’t have enough time to stop, he didn’t have any spare food to spare. He was running late, he was having to be early, he had no change and the excuses rolled off the man like water from a waterfall.
One day on the way to work, he noticed that the beggar wasn’t at his same spot, it crossed his mind briefly as to where the beggar might be, but he continued on his way to his unfulfilling job. The man returned the same way at the end of the day and still there was no beggar at his normal spot. The man was mildly concerned that he was not there but again continued forward towards his home and his life he considered equally unfulfilling and unrewarding as his job.
The next day as the man continued at the same time towards his job, again the beggar was nowhere in sight. The man frowned slightly and was intrigued, in the five years he had continued on this route the beggar had been an integral part of his live and even though he had never really acknowledged the man, he missed him out of his day.
For three days the beggar was gone. On the fourth day, on his way to work the man noticed that the beggar with his simple instrument had returned to his favourite spot and with his coin hat out was playing a tune. The man stopped for the first time in 5 years and looked at the beggar. The beggar put down his instrument and smiled at the man. “Hello there” he said. “Where have you been?” asked the man.
The beggar smiled “I have been away travelling, catching up with friends and enjoying myself. Now I am back where I love, doing what I love until I can do these things again”. The man stared at the beggar, “How can this be what you love? You are out in the weather, it can be cold, people can be rude and mean, it’s a very tough life”. The beggar laughed delightedly. “Well I was once like you, I thought like you until I decided that I would make no more excuses for the life I didn’t love and once I had made that decision. To make no more excuses. I live the life I love.” And with that the beggar winked and continued to play his instrument.
If you are truly unhappy in your life, take the time to look at what you are doing. Do you continually make excuses to yourself and to others as to why you cannot change your life? If you are in this cycle, it is a very hard cycle to break, until you truly look at what makes you happy and complete in your life. No more excuses, no more denial, come back to what is truly important to you and change the things you need to change. No more excuses, live the life you want by getting into the life you want.