Can you see the cow standing in front of you on the road? It’s really huge, black and white and rather cute, but it’s blocking the whole friggin road. Some Swedish tourist in India decided that it was time for the cow to move. The police didn’t agree and imprisoned the Swede. In India cows are holy and you just don’t tell them to move out of your way, as they are more important than you. The poor tourist that didn’t know that it was impolite to ask a cow to move got a parrot as a gift of reconciliation when leaving jail…
Now, I don’t know about you but I think it’s alright to ask a cow to kindly move out of your way, or walk around it if possible, but I think in life we often stand so close to the cow that all we see is the cow. In other words, we don’t even realize that there is a cow in the way, or that the view is greater when you aren’t staring at a cow’s ass. It’s like living under a cloud your whole life (try London) and then someone shows you that there’s sunshine. Once you try the sun you’re unlikely to go back to living under a cloud, but whilst living under it you didn’t know any better, so you didn’t even consider moving. When you do move though, you may have to say goodbye to a few (habits and) peeps who are still living under the cloud, or who enjoy staring into the cow’s ass and that can be a bit sad. (Of course the sun, the cloud and the cow’s ass are all in your mind.)
We are usually very obsessed with our own personal happiness, potentially because many had a moment or two of unhappiness and it left such a fear of it that you decided you have to find happiness. The funny thing is, we often find happiness when we start behaving nicely to others. When we treat others wonderfully something inside of us changes and when we are received wonderfully by others something inside of us changes. My workmates are absolutely gorgeous – there is nothing like being treated with a hug when you come to work and constantly being thanked for what you do throughout the day. Nor is there anything quite like having happy smiling customers thanking you for their service. You know what? Sometimes I forget to smile. I start thinking about cow asses. When I smile though, the world changes color. When I become wonderful, I see myself as wonderful. Fuck whatever story you have been told that you are and be the story you want to be. It’s no more make-believe than the other. Did you get that? I repeat: it’s no more make-believe than the one you believe in right now.
Don’t complain that others are stars – start seeing yourself as a star, treating yourself as a star and looking upon others and life from the point of being a star. Your life is about to change. Drastically.
Every time you have a negative thought…count it. Count them daily. And for every negative thought, smile, thank yourself for having discovered it and think about something wonderful. You’ll soon be thinking many wonderful thoughts…
I’d also try smiling at strangers, customers, teachers, students, employees, employers, relatives, loved ones, neighbors, classmates, workmates, flatmates, bus drivers, cab drivers, shops assistants…and so on, even the grapefruit versions, the ones that usually make you think there’s a cow ass in your way. They may turn into oranges after a while and if they don’t at least they didn’t turn you into a grapefruit – you are still one hell of a passion fruit (can I have a bite please??? ;0).
Once you look upon life from the point of view of being on top of a mountain, you can smile at the cow’s ass.
When you ask for happiness and a beautiful life, ask not just for you, but for everyone. When you ask for something better, ask not just for you, but for everyone. By all means ask for abundance and health for you, but also ask for it to be given to everyone. Can you imagine what would happen if over six billion people asked for these things for you? May the joy be with you, Rhonda Byrne