Doing Our Best, and Better Is Possible
We revisited The Lorax as a family this weekend. It’s one of my all-time favorite stories.
“I meant no harm. I most truly did not.
But I had to grow bigger. So bigger I got.”
Paradise. Beauty. Eden. Perfection. The Once-ler was responsible for the destruction of the most beautiful place he’d ever seen. He was warned by the Lorax, and he ignored the evidence of his destructive ways.
And maybe he was doing his best. Maybe we all are.
Maybe we're doing our best with our diet, our weight, our substance use, our arguments, our settling, our relationships, our being stuck.
I think we’re all always doing our best. We’re doing the best we can given the way life looks to us. We’re doing our best given the way we think about ourselves, others, and the world. Our thinking and interpretations and conditioning all look so real to us.
There's something quite freeing in acknowledging that we're doing our best and that others are doing their best too. It gives us a little room to relax.
So we’re not to blame. We’re not to blame for any of it.
But we are responsible.
Next week I’m offering a free, 1-hour, online workshop on How to Resolve Any Complaint. It’s going to be inspiring, impactful, and immensely practical. But there’s a catch:
Becoming aware of our ability to own ALL of it in our lives means we become responsible for ALL of it no matter what. Owning it all - our judgments, our complaints, our values, our dreams - it’s a super-power, and ALL of us have this super-power built into us.
Another of my all-time favorite stories is the Matrix.
“After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill - the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill - you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes.”
Join me next week in the Complaints workshop and take the red pill.
The rabbit-hole: our ability to thrive, create, and live intentionally and responsibly. To be unstoppable. To be courageous. To live inspired. To be at peace. And to fall in love with being alive.
We may be doing our best, but better is still possible. Take the lid off.
Thanks so much for reading. ❤️