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Everything Isn’t Everything

Money isn’t everything, but neither is anything else.

A good education isn’t everything. Being married isn’t everything. Having kids isn’t everything. Being in love with someone isn’t everything. Physical health isn’t everything. Having amazing friends isn’t everything. Appreciating fine art isn’t everything. Working hard isn’t everything. Taking care of your physical appearance isn’t everything. A sense of humor isn’t everything. Giving to charity isn’t everything. Getting a decent amount of sleep isn’t everything. Living in a neighborhood where you don’t have to worry about getting shot isn’t everything.

No single thing is everything.

Life is multidimensional. A flourishing life involves many different elements and the “right” combination of those elements ranges from person to person.

The question we should be asking ourselves is not, “is this thing I’m pursuing everything?,” but rather, “is it consistent with my own priorities, preferences, and principles to pursue the particular thing I am pursuing?”

What you need might fail to be everything, but that doesn’t mean it’s worth absolutely nothing.

Does it give you the options you want? Does it matter to you? Does it make you feel alive to go after it? Is it consistent with your value system? Does it make you a better human being to focus on it?

Instead of getting stuck in the trap of thinking about the things you want in terms of anything, nothing, and everything, consider the freedom that comes from just giving yourself permission to do and pursue YOUR thing.

The Universe doesn’t do background checks

The Universe responds to the quality of energy you radiate NOT to the background stories you tell about why you’re radiating that particular quality of energy.

Let’s use money as an example;

If you walk into a supermarket, you either have enough money to buy the things you need or you don’t.

When you’re ready to make a purchase, the cashier is only interested in whether you have sufficient funds to make your purchase. They don’t want to know your stories about how your current financial condition came to be.

Your stories don’t have any purchasing power.

They might be funny, entertaining, logical, scientific, religious, ┬áheartbreaking, or whatever, but as a general rule, you can’t buy things with your stories.

You either have the money or you don’t. It’s put up or shut up.

Your attention is a form of energy. The flow of your attention is currency.

Your ability to create the life you love depends on your committment to harnessing the energy of your attention in a productive and prosperous way.

Either you’re going to do that or you’re not. Your stories about why you’re doing that or not doing that, isn’t where the power lies. The power lies in what you actually do.

Are you spending your attention on what you love or are you busy telling background stories about why you squander your focus on what you hate?

T.K. Coleman

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