Uncomfortable Luxury

What luxury do you wish for?

I sat in on a Picture Your Passion teleclass this week. Jamie suggested a simple, simple way to test out visioning: Get off this call, she said, and go find a picture of something you want to bring into your life. Find a picture, write the word on it, put it in your wallet, and carry it around with you all month. And see what you notice.

All right, I thought, I’ll give it a shot. I found pictures that represented things I’m wanting in my life right now: love, beauty, passion, and money.

And watch for what you notice, she said.

Here’s what I noticed: I’m distinctly uncomfortable with those pictures.

I look at the money one and I think, “Oh, I don’t need that. I don’t need nice things or pretty things or fine wine. How materialistic.”

I look at the love one and I think, “Oh, that’s just some made up notion of romantic love and the real thing is often more trouble than it’s worth.”

I look at the passion and beauty one, and my Puritan upbringing rings scripture in my head: let’s not be caught up in the outward adornment, nor the showy things, nor the external.

I’m noticing that there’s a lot of just-below-conscious messages in my head that are probably directing me away, rather than toward, love-money-passion-beauty.

So when Jamie asks today, “What luxury do you wish for?”, I’m going for the luxury of being comfortable with all of those pictures and all of what they represent. The luxury of believing that love and wealth and beauty and passion can be and will be – and already are – a part of my life.

What luxury do you wish for?

Laura McGrath, CPCC, is a Toronto-based co-active life coach who helps smart people to live from their hearts. Let's talk! You canย subscribe to Ready for Change newsย to receive thoughtful notes on personal growth, and you can contact Lauraย to find out if coaching is right for you.

Comments

  1. As Laura wishes for herself, so do I wish for her as well.

  2. As Laura wishes for herself, so I wish for her also.
    May you comfortable with your wishes.

  3. Wishing for you all the luxuries this abundant universe as to offer – including the luxuries of faith, beauty, wealth, passion. As Laura wishes for herself, so do I wish (and know) for her as well.

  4. Comfort most certainly is a luxury, and as you wish for yourself, so I also wish for you! Indulge in the attitude that is is OK to want what you want. You deserve love, beauty, passion and money. They are yours to enjoy and share.

  5. As Laura *bravely* wishes for herself, so too do I wish for Laura and her comfort with her luxuries and thoughts of luxuries ๐Ÿ™‚
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    Wowzers Laura… I Think you just stepped into my psyche….

  6. Hey, I make those type of “just below conscious” rationalizations against the very things I say I want in my life as well, in very much the same way.

    As Laura wishes for herself, so do I wish for her also. Every one of us is inherently deserving of love, wealth, beauty and passion!!

  7. As Laura wishes for herself, so do I wish for her also.

    Wow, I really relate to this. What a clever wish you have made here …

  8. Yes, “wanting more” — how dare we!? This is a tough one.

    As Laura wishes for herself, so I blissfully wish for her also.

  9. Aren’t you feeling more comfortable with them just by calling them out to all of us?! Yeah, show those pictures who’s boss!

    As Laura wishes for herself, so I lovingly and with intention wish for her also.

  10. As Laura wishes for herself, I so wish for her as well…

  11. Hi, Laura. I think you’ve hit on something, because we will never have what we want or need, not even basics like food and love, until we are comfortable having them.

    As Laura wishes for herself, so I wish for her also.

    -TimK

  12. As Laura wishes for herself, so I wish for her also! ๐Ÿ™‚

    May you find the luxury to accept want you truly want and invite it into your life. No apologies or explanations! ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. As Laura wishes for herself, so I joyfully wish for her also.

    So beautifully and soulfully written…may all your wishes come true. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. As Laura wishes for herself, so I lovingly wish for her also!