Let’s do a little imagination exercise and see where it takes us.

Pretend with me, for a moment, that nobody owes you anything.

Are you clear on those words, though?

You can’t come up with caveats or loopholes.

The thought experiment is this:

So let’s try that on for size.

Nobody owes you anything.

How does that feel? What does that mean? What would that change about your life, if this idea were real? If it went beyond your imagination and applied to your actual day-to-day existence?

What if….

What if nobody owes you anything, and you have to get what you want for yourself?

What if nobody owes you anything, and, in fact, you do get exactly what you deserve: all the time, from everyone, every experience, every encounter?

I’m not saying that’s true, of course. Ridiculous idea.

But what if…

What if you held on to this thought for a while? As an experiment.

See what happens in your life when you quit thinking that people owe you things.
See what happens when you drop that burden of being a resentful, unpaid debtor.
See what happens when you quit trying to collect and start trying to deserve.
See what happens when you ask instead of expecting.

Maybe if we could all pretend—for a while—that nobody owes anything, we could clear some space.
Maybe we could make room to give and receive beautiful gifts from each other.
Maybe we could find our way to gratitude.
Maybe we could have a lot more fun.

Photo by Xuan Nguyen on Unsplash

March 11, 2020