Have you ever taken kids on a vacation only to be bombarded with their whining and complaining about everything that’s not meeting up to their expectations? As you shake your head and stare down at them while you wonder where did you go wrong raising these ungrateful spoiled brats. “What’s wrong with you kids? We are on a nice (and expensive) vacation here, and all you can do is bitch about what’s not perfect. Put those damn phones away and at least look out the window and see some scenery.”
Would you ever go on vacation and spend the time mindlessly watching TV, playing Candy Crush on the computer, or sleeping through it? Hopefully not. I’ll admit to being lazy at home but when it’s vacation time I’m up early and want to maximize the experience.
One of my favorite quotes that enlightens my perspective is from Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” When I think about the possibility that maybe my spirit has existed for all eternity, somewhere out there, unmanifested, waiting for this incalculable chance miracle to be born, to have my human experience, I feel like the Universe, God, or whatever you want to call it, is tugging at my hand and bringing my spirit on a nice (and expensive) human vacation. Hey kids we’re going to EarthWorld! Yeah!
So here I am on this luxury earth vacation called life and what am I focused on? Whining and complaining about everything that’s not meeting up to my expectations. “Why can’t I sit in the first seat of the ride? Did you see how much they wanted for a hotdog? That other kid got a Mickey Mouse balloon, why can’t I have one? I’m tired. All this walking is a lot of work. How much longer do we have to stay? I want to go back to the hotel and watch Netflix.”
“Come on kids, you’re focusing on the wrong things, we’re on vacation here. Let’s quit worrying about all this nonsense and get out and have some fun before it’s time to go back home.”