I know it’s a ridiculous thought, but part of me is always pretty sure that I’ve already delivered my last good talk. Like, I’ll never be insightful or witty or heart-touching again. Like, it’s all downhill from here. Like, I had a set number of decent ideas in me, and I’ve blown through them all already.
Instead of viewing past success, experienced success, as an indicator of future successes, this part of me wants to see it as evidence that my best is all behind me. It sounds silly when I admit it out loud, but it’s the sort of self-sabotage that I deal with in my own mind all the time.
And I don’t think I’m alone in this… Most of us have some version, some area of life (or maybe several areas) where it’s hard to imagine that the best is yet to come. But the truth is — if we can imagine it, if we can allow ourselves to believe in the possibility, then the best is yet to come, always and everywhere. Everything good leads to better. Everything challenging leads to triumph. Good stretches so far into eternity that the word “last” only makes any sort of sense as part of ever-last-ing!
I can’t wait to see you Saturday at 6:00 pm at Albuquerque Center for Spiritual Living. (abqcsl.org). Join us for wine & cheese & cheer at 5:30. XO,. Drew
“When you hit a wrong note, it’s the next note that makes it good or bad.” — Miles Davis
Most of us invest a lot of anxiety in the next step, the next project, the next thing we’re called to say or do. We fret: what if I get it wrong? what if I make a mistake? what if I hit the wrong note? And life becomes this experience of constant stress and trepidation.
But what if we remembered that the next note is going to be fine no matter what. It may go as planned or not, it may come out “right” or not. But it’s always the note after that (the next-next note) that will determine how it everything fits together. The next-next note represents the opportunity for resolution, or melody, or going in a completely new direction with it all.
And we don’t have to worry about that next-next note right now. By the time we get to the next-next note it will just be the next note — it will be simply what’s here to do, what’s clear to do, what we’ve prepared for, what we’re made for.
You’ve got this, my beloveds. Can’t wait to see you for celebration at Albuquerque Center for Spiritual Living (abqcsl.org) this Saturday at 6:00. Join us at 5:30 for refreshments & cheer. XOX, Drew