"I've thought about it," she said, "and life is too short to not do what I've always wanted to do."
The decision to switch focus to Marine Biology means that school will take longer now. She has to start over in some respects. But there was so much passion, clarity and excitement at the decision, that I felt an immediate surge of happiness within me.
I realized that is the feeling of unconditional love for another person. When all you want is their happiness.
It was only later that I noticed something else. Something even more significant.
As she heads further along this path, the love for what she's chosen to do has literally infected everything and not only is she enjoying the required classes, but describes them as "easy".
And yes, we are talking about math.
Now somehow I don't think they lowered the math standards. What's going on, I think, is that doing what you love changes the context you are working in and therefore changes your experience of whatever is in front of you.
If that's true, then it has to be true for anything. You will experience whatever is in front of you depending on what you bring to the situation.
You can try this out by consciously deciding what you will bring to a situation. You can decide to make your next commute 'joyful' or your next laundry day 'magical' and see what happens.
When I made an LA commute 'relaxed' - I spent the drive looking for reasons to enjoy the scenery and relax. My mind collected all the information it needed to be content with things and minimized the rest. I just overlooked it. Often we say we can't overlook things. But we most certainly can. We can decide at any moment what to make important. I find it fascinating how this works. And the repercussions, if you really consider this, are vast.
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