The man asks the angels, "Why do you keep hurrying up when you get to this particular door?"
One of the angels politely replies, "Oh whatever you do, please don't go in that room. You won't like what you see"
After another half hour the angels leave the man to look around and find his feet. They tell him they will be back in an hour or so.
|You aren't here to be unhappy, lonely or unsuccessful|
Now because the man is still human, curiosity, one of the strongest of human emotions, gets the better of him and so he decides to look in the room he was told not to go in. Checking nobody is looking, he opens the door and enters.
Once inside he finds the room bare apart from a giant TV screen. On it there is a paused picture of himself smiling. There is a post-it note saying, Do Not Watch. But he ignores it, reaches down and presses play...
He stands amazed as he watches the screen. He sees himself looking so happy; happier than he has ever been in his entire life. It's as if he can feel the emotions coming through the screen. There are many scenes of him. He sees himself in a nice, brand new car, driving up to a beautiful house with a lush garden and he is finely dressed and radiating great health.
He sees more of himself on the big TV. He is taking his artwork to a gallery and it is displayed on the walls and people are flocking to see his masterpieces. It reminded him of his paintings he had done over the years that lay gathering dust in his garage on earth.
The DVD carries on playing, shooting from one glorious scene to another in seconds. He captures glimpses of himself happy in his profession, a woman hugging him and he manages to lipread the words, "I love you" from her beautiful smile.
He is excited and overcome with sheer, immeasurable joy. Again, it's as if he can actually feel this happiness. He stays another 5 minutes or so, completely captivated watching himself in so many glorious, happy and fulfilled places in life, work and his relationships.
Later that afternoon the angels come back to see him. "I know you told me not go in that room, but I have no idea why you said that," he exclaimed. "I went in and I watched the DVD and it was filled with so much joy, success and happiness" he went on.
"Tell me, is this is what I am going to experience here in heaven?" he said expectantly.
The angels suddenly looked sad. "We really wish you hadn't gone in that room and played the DVD,"
They look at each other and then look at the floor. Then one of the angels lifts her head up and looking back to the man says,
"No that is not what you are going to experience in heaven. What you saw on that screen were all the things you could have had whilst you lived on earth"
Your One and ONLY Life
You know, I ask people when I see them, how are you? You'll be surprised at how many reply, 'Not bad'. I know people who, through fear of various sorts, keep their great talents to themselves and never pursue them. I see so many people content with living a 'not bad' life.
This is your one and ONLY life. It is NOT a dress rehearsal. There will be no encores when you reach the end. No chances for the curtain to be raised once more so you can come out and try again. This is it.
You are capable and deserving of creating the life you want
So what are you doing with it? Are you living a life filled with fear? Are you going to get to the end and be overflowing with, "If only..." What do you think you will be regretting when your hour glass of time is about to run dry?
Do you honestly think you will be regretting the things you have done or tried? No you won't. But you might be filled with regret about not pursuing that dream job, starting that fabulous business, saying yes to that relationship, being more happy or being kind to others.
Life is not meant to be lived in a 'not bad' state. You aren't here to be unhappy, miserable or unsuccessful. You aren't here to slave away in a job you despise for 40 to 50 hours a week. You aren't destined to live a life of debt, struggle or be on your own either.
You won't regret the things you tried, win or 'fail'; but you will regret the things you didn't do and wished you had
Life can be anything you want it to be. You really are full of such unlimited potential. You can have all the 'nicer' things in life too. You deserve it just as much as anyone else. You can do what you love to do. If you haven't found that yet, keep looking, keep at it.
I don't care if you tried before and 'failed'. So what? Try again. If you go on one holiday and you didn't like it, do you stop going on more holidays? Of course you don't. Life is the same. Try again.
Even if you don't quite reach the success levels you desire, at least you would have given it a shot! At least when your time arrives you'll be able to say, "My life was great and I gave it a good shot" You'll have no regrets.
Talk to older people. They will tell you. They don't regret the things they tried, even if they failed at them. They regret what they wanted to do, but never bothered giving it a shot.
It's not the winning that counts, it's the taking part. Well, not quite. It is the doing your best that counts most.
Start saying "Yes" to life. Start believing you can, it takes less effort than thinking you can't and is far better for you
Are you doing your best at creating the life you desire or dream about? Or are your dreams all squashed with thoughts of, "It's not for me" or "I tried once and it didn't work out"?
I know you 'wish' for a better life or more things. Usually in those quiet moments when things are not going well.
You know, give life your best shot. Put aside what others think. They aren't really thinking about you anyway. They have more pressing issues on their mind than thinking about YOU.
Give it a shot so you have no regrets in life
What are you passionate about? What gets you excited? What ignites your spark? If you aren't sure yet, start with what you are interested in and what you are good at. Don't hide behind the excuse of "I don't know what I want to do"
Of course you do. The answer lies within. Look for it.
Why not take a few minutes this Sunday afternoon to get a piece of paper out and write down all you would like to do and achieve. Play pretend, like when you were a kid. Act as if nothing is impossible. Dream big. Write with no fear in mind or restrictive thoughts.
And then go for it. Get help if you need it. Get a coach if you need one. Don't let anything stand in your way. Anything really is possible. And that means for you too. You deserve all the things you dream about and you can achieve them.
This is your one and only life. Remember that and act like it. The clock is ticking every day and time is disappearing. Don't be like the man who goes to heaven. Don't let your life masterpiece gather dust in the garage of your mind.
I guarantee you won't regret giving your dreams a shot or just creating the life you would prefer to live rather than the one you are possibly 'just getting by' in.
You are capable of far more than you probably think you are and you deserve it just as much as anyone else. It's not about winning or losing, succeeding or failing. It's about giving life a shot: Your best shot.
Maybe one day, you can let me know how you are doing?