Wanting things to be different

It shouldn't be...

They should have...

I shouldn't have to...

I found myself caught in several complaints this week.

All rooted in the same idea - that things should be different than they are.

It makes me wonder why this thought is so intoxicating.

What promise does it hold?

That if things were different... I would be happier, more at ease, less burdened.

And in some sense it's true. If todays burdens were lifted - my outlook in the immediate would improve.

But then what?

The next things happens, and I'm back to square one.

Hoping and praying that... things would be different.

This is a letter to myself - reminding me that joy exists just beyond my expectations for how things should be.

Right, smack dab in the middle of an inconvenient reality.

A reality that invites ME to be different and invites ME to change.

Change how?

By letting go of my expectations.

By realizing what I am chasing isn't the same thing as the chase.

By accepting that I am being transformed by the journey - and that is enough.

Being in the game is enough.

Just make sure it's the right game.

Already feeling lighter as I type this...

“I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it's not the answer.” - Jim Carrey


P.S. - "He has flown 23 million miles. Here are his travel secrets" < Take 1 on travel.

P.P.S. - "The Case Against Travel" < Take 2. Good 💡 but no plans to stop travelling.

P.P.P.S. - "The Song of Significance" < New book from Seth Godin, next in my cue.

P.P.P.P.S. - Different (Raised $25M to disrupt residential PM), just went under 👀

P.P.P.P.P.S - Juvenile just did a Tiny Desk Concert and as you can imagine it is 🔥


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Jordan Muela

SaaS 🏴‍☠️ | Property Management Fanatic 💙 | I write a bi-weekly newsletter to 4k PMs talking people, process and profit.

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