“Gorgeous, amazing things come into our lives when we are paying attention: mangoes, grandnieces, Bach, ponds. This happens more often when we have as little expectation as possible. If you say, "Well, that's pretty much what I thought I'd see," you are in trouble. At that point you have to ask yourself why you are even here. [...] Astonishing material and revelation appear in our lives all the time. Let it be. Unto us, so much is given. We just have to be open for business.” - Anne Lamott, Help Thanks Wow: The Three Essential Prayers
Thank you, Anne Lamott! I just love this piece (and many others) from her book. This book was the first one I read of hers, and I quickly became a fan. The writing is lighthearted and serious, thoughtful and silly, and a joy to go back and read frequently.
Unto us, so much is given. We just have to be open for business. This inclines that we’re the ones who are responsible for goodness coming into our lives, which we gain by being susceptible to receiving that which is good. I use “susceptible” because oftentimes what is good can be unsuspecting. What we expect to be good for us, may not be exactly what the universe has in store. So instead of accepting, we turn our back and close ourselves off to something that could be life changing.
Now, I’m not saying that we should run around all paranoid that we’re missing out on good stuff. Trust me, you won’t miss out even if you try just a little. I'd start by praying a simple prayer, perhaps something like this one: “Please help me to see the goodness that’s in store for me today; to feel it, to taste it, to hear it, and maybe even smell it. I will try my hardest to be open for business and receive whatever goodness is out there.”
Hoping that you’ll all get to experience the goodness around you this week and always.