The funny thing about shifts is that they're often so subtle you don't even know they're happening...at first. Then, one day, you wake up and it kinda hits you. You notice that the air smells fresher and the sun seems brighter. You notice that there are more birds singing and you can hear the frogs when you'd never heard them before. You suddenly feel lighter, happier, easier about your new day. It's nothing big, so to speak. Just little nuances that seem big...because YOU feel different.
I bring this up today because I've been thinking a lot about how "hard" people try to get stuff done. They use words like "achieve" and "earn" and "struggle" and "work". They think, mostly because they've been told, that everything they want must come with a price. They've learned, by way of those who meant well but didn't know any differently, that the "only" way to get anything is to work your ass off for it. The old "no pain, no gain" attitude. But what if it's not that way at all?
Think about all the kids coming up right now. Little kids. Kids who have these amazing talents and ideas and visions. They're freakin' 5 years old and they know more than the average 50 year old. They can build stuff or compose incredible symphonies or sing like angels or dance their little hineys off. They're computer wizards and gadget freaks. They can set up your whole stereo system without ever glancing at a manual. How do you suppose this is? How do you suppose these kids know what they know or do what they do at such a 'young' age?
I hear "grown-ups" bitching all the time about how "kids these days don't want to work. they just want everything handed to them. they're lazy and spoiled and impertinent." It cracks me up every time I hear this kind of stuff. Because what these grown-ups don't seem to understand is that these kids are coming forth with all the knowledge that has been born of previous generations. They're arriving on the planet with all kinds of evolved thought and blossomed energy. They don't want to hear that crap about how hard life is because they know it's baloney. They know because they still remember. They remember All That Is and they're dead set on keeping it that way. The more resistant they are to what others are telling them, the more they retain what they brought with them.
Maybe we really are evolving. As a species, that is. Maybe if we took a moment to consider just how much things have changed, and continue to change, we would be able to see that these kids are proof of this incredible evolution. They're not trying to piss us off. They're simply living what they know to be the way they meant to live. Right here. Right now. Without all the baggage that "grown-ups" can't seem to let go of.
I think it's refreshing. And inspiring. And utterly magnificent. I think they have volumes to teach us, if only we would put our monstrous egos aside and have a listen. They know. They understand. They remember. They have seen what we refuse to see. That this life we chose is not about struggling or trying or sweat or blood. It's about groovin' our way through, allowing all that we have asked for to come right on in. It's about letting go of old beliefs and useless teachings. Let the new in. Let the well-being flow. Let go of the stupid, stubborn pride and lighten up. That is what they are trying to show us.
If only we would allow them.