Whether we realize it or not, we carry an intention for the things we want in our life. Life is constantly partnering with us to actualize the thing we intend for ourselves. Life is perpetually guiding us to what we intend by presenting doorways for us to step into. I recently missed the boat. I was tired on an evening after many days of hard work and had planned to relax and
watch a movie at home by myself. Some things unfolded at the last minute that led me to being indirectly invited to dinner at the home of some people I knew. I was not able to shift toward going as I told myself that I was really tired and "not really invited." I retreated home to watch my movie. When I awoke the next morning, I realized that perhaps life had other plans for me that night, but I was too attached to my pre-determined plan. Life had presented a doorway for me to explore. I wonder what was there for me. I will never know. When a doorway opens, we either have the courage to step into it- or not.
Planning your life is important, and you certainly want to honor your commitments. But perhaps your true life path is a bit more fluid than you suspected. Perhaps you may have planned to go to the store after work, and on your way there life (in the form of an idea or a friend texting you) might say, "Pssst, come check this out over here." Life is ever-changing moment by moment and constantly reformulating new possibilities to unfold your intention. But your rational mind and its best laid plans prefers things to be more fixed and linear. It loves the perceived certainty of planning and following a pre-determined script.
So... are you spontaneous and flexible enough to explore the doorways that Life is presenting to you? Or, do you sometimes get too attached to your plans and daily routines? Don't worry if you missed an open doorway like I did, another one will present itself to you soon enough.
About the Author
I, Michael Hoffman, am a licensed psychotherapist, teacher, and author with 25 years experience in counseling and teaching experiential workshops. I have maintained this blog since 2009, and my second book Natural Way of Being will published in 2019.
I offer in-person and video-conferencing counseling, intensive workshops, and online courses to allow participants to directly experience their natural way of being and the life they would have for themselves.