“According to Vedanta, there are only two symptoms of enlightenment, just two indications that a transformation is taking place within you toward a higher consciousness. The first symptom is that you stop worrying. Things don’t bother you anymore. You become light-hearted and full of joy. The second symptom is that you encounter more and more meaningful coincidences in your life, more and more synchronicities. And this accelerates to the point where you actually experience the miraculous.” ― Deepak Chopra
If you’re like me, you think entirely too much.
Before I act or speak or write something, I think and think and think about it to death. And if it’s an important decision, my brainpower is totally committed to examining every single facet of the issue.
While this can serve me well in some instances, it can also completely hold me back in others.
This year, I’ve been writing a great deal about achieving your dreams. While I’ve been able to inspire and encourage others to go for their goals, when it comes to attaining my own aims, I can sometimes worry myself out even getting started.
Recently, I finally decided that next year my son and I will spend at least a month living in another country (or countries), a decision I’ve postponed because I’ve thought entirely too much about it. Instead of using my time to plan the trip, craft a budget, and create an itinerary, I’ve spent the majority of my time worrying about minor details. Instead of just getting there and figuring things out, I questioned everything from whether or not my son would eat certain foods to having Internet access on the go.
But here’s what I realized: Worrying about what might happen prevents me from experiencing what will happen.
And if you get caught up wringing your hands and second-guessing your decisions you will never be able to enjoy the sheer magnificence of what life has to offer.