Sunday, February 24, 2008

Fantasy and frustration

Fantasies offer us an insight into the discrepancy between what we are and what we have and what we want. I used to do a program where I would ask people if they had only a year or a week or a day to live, what would they do.

Since none of us know whether we have any more or less than that amount of time, thinking about these things is a good way to get a clearer take on what we want. If you won the lottery, what would you do? If you could do anything in your life, what would you do? I often loan people my magic wand for a couple of days (no more than a week or the magic goes away). Now I’m offering it to you to borrow. Instead of whining about what you don’t have, set yourself free to figure out what you want. Then you can settle down and do the work of figuring out how to get it.

When things are going well, we’re foolish if we don’t just enjoy; it’s when we hit a bump that it’s time to figure out what to do differently. In that way, frustration is really the doorway to fantasy and a better way of doing things. Start with the dream and then figure out how to make it happen.

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