10,000 Worries? 10,000 Possibilities: Monday Motivation #33
Alan Watts is such a brilliant man.
Today, I want to take a minute to reflect on how amazingly powerful each one of us, simply because we exist.
The Real You
I saw this video this week and it really struck me with how much we contemplate things that are completely irrelevant to our existence.
Specifically in this video one of the things Alan talks about is the fear of “dying and putting up with everlasting non-existence… being locked up in a dark room forever” and yet the truth is that this isn’t an experience.
Literally, there is no conscious way of having that experience; I love how he describes it:
“Imagine going to sleep and never waking up.”
Well, the truth is that when I’m asleep, my wakefulness is not something I’m aware of nor looking forward to or searching for. It either happens or it doesn’t. And if it doesn’t happen, if I don’t wake up, I’ll never know that because I’ll no longer be alive.
What’s better, though was what happened after that. Watching that video stretched me to another mental place:
What about all of those things I’ve worried about all these years?
In my decades since I became old enough to worry about stuff (let’s say somewhere around puberty) – so in those three decades, I have worried, fretted over, planned for, made what if scenarios and then took preventative measures or made ‘emergency plans’ for scenarios that never came to pass.
Thousands of them.
Maybe even tens of thousands.
I have spent hours, days, weeks … and so much effort in trying to prevent things from happening to me or from becoming a part of my existence. How could that time have been better spent? What if instead I put that amount of time and effort planning for all the lovely things that might happen to me? (Starting to feel tiny tingles at the thought). What if I made a ‘what-if plan’ for the day I might meet the queen of England? The day Oprah invites me onto one of her many shows? The day I go see my son perform his comedy routine in front of tens of thousands of fans? The time when I live in or near Venice, Italy as a best-selling author and take my morning cappuccino in the shade of an old oak sitting at a café table outside my neighborhood pasticceria?
“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”
Wayne Dyer once said that.
Brilliant. Just like Alan Watts.
Just like me.
Just like you.