I telephoned an old friend, Gillian, this morning. I asked her how she was. “Oh, you know, not TOO bad”, she replied. We chatted for a while, and then she said “You know, you cheer me up. You’re always so happy and grateful”.
“Thanks”, I said, meaning it.
“But then… ” Gillian went on “You would be. You’re so lucky, aren’t you? Your life has just turned out so well, hasn’t it?”
I didn’t argue with her. I didn’t tell her about all the things that have happened in my life that could be construed as unlucky, distressing or downright depressing.
Gillian, like millions of people, is living from an innocent misunderstanding about how the human experience is created.
There was a debate this week on TV about gambling. The interviewer asked a ‘gambling expert’: “So, what is it about the casino and the machines that makes people keep on gambling – even though it’s destroying their life?”
Once again, an innocent misunderstanding. That our feelings – including compulsion – are created by something ‘out there’ in the world. Rather than created 100% by thought.
There are a rapidly growing number of people in the world who are now seeing through this misunderstanding – and creating incredible transformations in their own and other peoples’ lives.
The implications for businesses and organisations are profound and far-reaching too.
More than anything, I want to devote myself to being one of these people.
So, I’m now in the Wonderful Life business. It feels exciting and little bit scarey – but so right.