Inspiration and “aha moments” often come from unexpected sources.
My latest source was a Chuck Lorre vanity card at the tail end of an episode of Big Bang Theory I caught on Comedy Network last night as I was flipping through the channels with no destination in mind.
Here’s what Chuck had to say:
“We tell ourselves stories. We weave together different plot lines, wondering if the outcome of the story might be different were we to have done or said something other than what we had done or said, all the while knowing that the various alternative outcomes are just more stories — fictions meant to distract us from what’s actually happening. And so we pause from weaving and commence breathing, gently and non-judgmentally saying hello to what is.”
As I make my way through my current life transition, this speaks volumes to me. You see, I’m an expert ruminator. I’ll play endless edited video loops in my mind to try to figure things out, to double-check decisions made in the past, to imagine what might have been. Fiction. I see it now.
After reading countless self-help books, processing what the experts say about living in the now, and trying not to let my past define my future, here comes a simple vanity card that gave me not only an “aha moment”, but also clarity about what is, a sense of release from the past, and a way out of the cave.
Thank you, Chuck.