This morning, while meditating at the end of my yoga class, these words came to me, “You’ll find what you’re looking for.” And at first I didn’t get it, because I wasn’t actively “looking” for anything right at that moment, except peace. But as I ruminated on it, I realized these words are true. I have always found what I’m looking for.
When I approach my day looking for beauty, I find it everywhere. Likewise, when I walk into the world expecting trouble, rude people, traffic…I generally find it.
This rule applies to all of us.
If you look for grace and kindness, you will find it
If you look for conflict and trouble, you will find it.
If you look for goodness in a person, you will find it.
If you look for a reason to be disappointed, you will find it.
If you believe that work is hard and grueling, you will find that it is.
If you believe that work is a blessing and a godsend, you will find that it is.
If you believe the world has shortchanged you, you will find that it has.
If you believe that the world is abundant and plentiful, you will find that it is.
When we fight and engage in conflict with others, it’s because that’s what we were looking for.
When we find ourselves surrounded by love, that’s what we were looking for.
So as I was driving home, these thoughts were swirling about in my head : Why don’t we stop looking for reasons to defend ourselves, and start looking for beauty in the world?
Why not look for goodness in others?
For reasons to be grateful?
And this song came on the radio:
It’s Christmastime; there’s no need to be afraid
At Christmastime, we let in light and we banish shade
And in our world of plenty we can spread a smile of joy
Throw your arms around the world at Christmastime
But say a prayer to pray for the other ones
And at that moment in front of me was a car with the world’s best bumper sticker:
“God Bless The Whole World. No Exceptions.”
I’m always looking for meaning, even in the smallest moments.
In that moment, I found what I was looking for.