My journal question of the day from my 5-year journal of 1,825 Answers is: “What do you have to lose?” This one is a True Stumper. Answers came flying at me from the left and the right. From above and below. And a few shot their arrows of truth straight through my soul. I thought of the physical and the cosmic, the overtones and undertones of this question. The tangible and the intangible. Terra Firma and Universe. Worldly and spiritual. Scary and serene. Serious and funny. Physical and emotional.
What I first wrote for an answer was intuitive: “Absolutely nothing.” But then, I don’t know, something nudged me again from the inside so I added: “Absolutely everything.” Then my rational brain wrote: “I really don’t know how to answer this.” Then my spiritual self wrote: “The concept of loss encompasses a great deal of life’s essence and interpretation.”
I sharpen my pencil and go back to the original question on the page and cross out everything I have written and write in response to “What do you have to lose?”: Optimism & belief & my ability to love.
And I realize that I am writing myself into circles that are far too confining and . . . truth: I need not be so confined by someone else’s question. I simply rewrite the question and cross out the word lose and write in the word gain, re-phrasing it to read: “What do I have to gain?” By re-writing the question, I am inspired to re-write embedded self-perceptions of lack and to safeguard any existing self-perceptions of wealth — true, real-life, inside wealth.
And then I think: Wait a second. Losing and gaining might actually be the very same thing . . . for when I re-phrase the question as “What do I have to gain?” my answers are the very same as for what I have to lose: Optimism & belief & my ability to love.
Nothing like a little convoluted writing to unsquiggle a simple question. My takeaway from today’s question: Gaining is the same as Losing. Perspective sometimes wins out over reality. It’s time for me to think on Abundance Theory and keep focused on the sunny side. Eventually time gets us to where we want to be heading . . . which potentially leads to the next question: Where am I going anyway? A question to be answered on another day . . .
So . . . your journal question for today: What do you have to gain?
If you feel comfortable sharing your answers, please, do so in the comments below. We all grow from others’ diverse experiences and perspectives. What do you have to gain?
Life is a remarkably lively and engaging event.
Go forth, answer squiggly questions, and appreciate what you do have in life.
What’s stopping you?