Do you constantly strive to make your life better?
And are you focussed on one day, some day doing all the things you want to do?
But what would your life be like if you could somehow accept that what you currently have is good enough?
Last Sunday, with a friend I watched the film “As Good as It Gets” starring Jack Nicholson, one of my all time favourite actors. Just looking at his face with its wicked grin usually creased me up. Maybe that also says a lot about me?
This film is also one of my favourite films and if you haven’t yet watched it, I highly recommend it. It’s very funny but with a serious message too.
The film is about a best selling romance novelist who suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder and his developing interest in a waitress. He suffers from various ailments and prejudices, and the film chronicles his development into a better and almost likeable human being.
Half way through the fim, this main character visits his shrink and on his way out he looks at all the people in the waiting room and says – “What if this is as good as it gets?”
Indeed, what if your life was already as good as it gets?
In a way, you life today is already as good as it gets, since your present life today is the only one you have. Granted, things may have been better for you in the past say materially or you were in a happy relationship, but those things are no longer and they now only reside in your memories.
As for the future, it’s still not here and no one knows what’s in store for you, not even the best psychic or medium in the world.
The moment you accept that your life is already the best ever, a number of amazing things happen:-
1. You begin to appreciate what you already have
So from today onwards, stop looking elsewhere as the grass is not really greener anywhere else.
2. You begin to make the most of your time.
This is key – spend your life on activities you value and with people you love. Enjoy what you have now whilst you have the time and you have your loved ones
3. You stop taking for granted all the special people in your life
Begin to truly appreciate those people already in your life.
4. You stop constantly striving to become better at everything.
This is not to say you stop trying to improve things but you now come from a place of creativity rather than struggle.
5. You start enjoying your things rather than waiting for that “special” day
Yes, start using that brand new china set and yes, wear your best outfit for dinner tonight at home.
6. You actually get very aware and present to the world around you
Ironically, you develop urgency to make the most of what you have.
7. You begin creating your legacy today rather than someday one day.
If you are not going to share your gifts with the world today, then when?
Have we ever had it better?
If you are really honest with yourself, most areas of your life are already great, aren’t they? Maybe you just need some fine-tuning in one or two areas.
On the material and convenience front, most people in the West have never had it better. So maybe you just need to appreciate that yes, life is indeed already good. That will then free up your creativity, your joy and also your innate desire to make a difference in the world.
Remember, your life is already as good as it gets.
Now go and enjoy it – and make it even better if that’s even possible, considering it’s already as good as it gets:-)
Photo courtesy of Greencolander