Thursday, March 6, 2014

Too Good To Be True?

Is there really such a thing as being "too good to be true"? We've all experienced the concept one way or another. Either we've imagined fantastical experiences like winning billions of dollars in the lottery, or surpassing Marilyn Monroe's icon status. We discount these flights of fancy as 'too good to be true' because we have no belief in the possibility of these events ever coming to be. More closer to home, in our "real-er" lives, we've had experiences of situations like a surprise job opportunity, a new relationship, or a new situation where it seemed, however momentarily, that the stars have aligned in our favor. For once. With the adage, "If it seems to good to be true, it usually is." ringing in our ears, along with our faith in that sentiment, we may actually pass up and turn our backs to those opportunities of new life situations. It never would have worked out because it was too good to be true.

But what if there was no such possibility of anything being too good to be true? If our thoughts really have any part in what goes around us, then that idea of something being too good to be true essentially becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. We judge the new event to be 'too good to be true' and it becomes so. What if there were no such thing as anything being 'too good'? Good is a relative term and it depends on perspective. What may be considered good by one person may not be good for another. Not only that, good is only noticeable because of the existence of that which we perceive to be bad. Imagine the different turns our lives may have taken if we accepted new situations or new experiences without that judgment of being 'too good'. And what if by not condemning them as unreal they really did evolve into what we almost glimpsed as a potential reality?

What if, in fact, the only reason we condemned something as being too good to be true is because of fear? That maybe, no matter how open we perceive our minds to be, in our efforts to protect ourselves from being hurt or disappointed (which is what all of the reasons basically boil down to) we have actually closed a part of our minds off to the ability to believe in what is possible?