Why be better?
The answer for me is simple. I want to be better because I know I am not at my best.
What does that mean? That means that, on a deeply personal level, I am aware that I am not all that I can be. There is room for improvement, and I can be better than I am in many ways.
Why be better? Because I desire more from my life. Consciousness creates reality. Though my life has some pretty awesome bits to it, I know there is more. I have the ability to be better than I am now, and to manifest some amazing things in my life as such.
This is not about competition. It has nothing to do with anyone else in my life. This is all about me, and being the best me that I can be. Physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually I know that I can be better than I am now.
But why? Because I know I can be better. This has nothing to do with the potential that came of my education, or my background, or opportunities I have taken or not taken. Why be better? Because I desire to live each and every day to the best of my ability, and I am not doing that as well as I could be.
Some people are perfectly content to be as they are. And to you I say, well done, more power to you! But for every person who feels that they are living as well as they can be, I know a dozen who would rather be more. Better.
Why be better? Because I can be.
As I wrote before, being better is only regarding the self. We cannot be better than anyone else, because the competition between anyone in the grand scheme of the universe is artificial. Unless we are competing at a game of some sort where there will be a winner and a loser, we are not in competition with one another.
I am going to share with you how I can be better than I am currently. This is personal, and it is an ever-evolving process, so bear with me.
Physically better. I need to get into better shape. Stop eating as much as I eat, exercise more. But more than that, I need to stop talking about my weight, creaking joints, and anything else regarding my body consciousness in a negative way. Further, if I don’t get sufficient exercise, I need to not beat myself up, either.
Mentally better. It is important that I read more. I also need to adjust how I think about myself. Conscious reality creation is born of thought, feelings and actions. If thoughts about anything are negative, is it any wonder negativity is drawn in? Also, I need to adjust the bar I set for my own accomplishments.
Emotionally better. Expressing gratitude gives you more to be grateful for. Being more grateful for the things I have and the people in my life is important. I am grateful, but I can certainly be moreso. Additionally, I need to be better about checking in with myself, and how I am feeling.
Spiritually better. A lot of this is tied into the physical, mental, and emotional. But meditation is a wonderful practice for connecting with the spiritual self. I am also reading and listening to things that expand my spiritual knowledge base.
Why be better? To live life to its fullest.
One of the great lines in Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist is when the main character, Santiago, recognizes that pursuing his “Personal Legend,” what Coelho describes as that which a person is meant to ultimately quest to do in their life, he says, “When I have been truly searching for my treasure, every day has been luminous, because I’ve known that every hour was a part of the dream that I would find it.”
Because I know that I can be more than I am for myself, I am searching for MY treasure. As such, every day that I practice mindfulness and being aware of who I am in the now, versus who I desire to be in the future, I live a more illuminated life.
It is too easy to let myself be distracted. Whether by shiny things, the internet, or avoiding my fears, distractions are everywhere.
Then, because that’s not nearly enough fun, there is the world situation at hand. Dear gods, look at all the craziness happening out there. How much longer will our so-called leaders play chicken and mess up millions of lives over one man’s demented ideas? In the face of that, how can I possibly care about myself and being better?
I have written before that caring for the self and working on being better for ourselves is not selfish. Why? Because being better doesn’t deny anyone ELSE the ability to be better. I am taking nothing away from anyone else in my work to be better for myself. When we do not take care of ourselves, we leave no room to take care of anyone else, either.
Why be better? Because I know of no other way.
Try though I might, I am incapable of accepting that life is what it is, and I cannot change it. I know, because I have done it before, that I can be whom I most desire to be. It’s just a matter of thought, feeling, intentional actions, patience, and effort. There are going to be good days and bad days. I am going to get it right, and I am going to get it wrong.
But I know I can be better than I am, on every level. Because I believe this to be worthwhile, I am striving to create changes that will manifest my life better than it is now.
I am aware, and working to be more mindful of myself. From here, I know that I am able to go as far as I allow myself to go. I see the world as a place of endless possibility and abundance, not one of lack and scarcity. As such, knowing I can be better, I desire to pursue abundant possibility.
The only time that’s real is now. In this reality, I am good…but I can be better.
Why be better? Because the better I am, the better I can become. It’s not looking for an end-result, it is looking to the ability to keep growing, changing, and improving, in order to live this life as fully as I can.
Care to join me? Why might you want to be better?
These are ideas for, and my personal experiences with, walking along the path of life to consciously create reality. I share this journey as part of my desire to make a difference in this world along the way, and empower myself and my readers with conscious reality creation.
Originally published at titaniumdon.com on January 23, 2019.