I was walking around my lake yesterday, enjoying the fresh Los Angeles air. In front of me, there was a young man with endless tattoos and long blond hair, kicking a soccer ball. I trailed behind him around the lake, until I decided to take a seat on a bench I had never sat in before. A few quiet moments passed. I savored each one. Until a soccer ball came whizzing by me and into the lake water.
“Bummer!” was my immediate reaction. I watched the young man peer over the ledge, down towards his rebellious ball. Right then, a young girl walked by and said, “it will come back to you,” she smiled and kept walking. He nodded his head at her, appreciating her optimism. The ball, however, remained out of reach.
About 30 seconds passed before someone else passed and said the exact same words, “it will come back to you!” this time a man, walking with a companion. And sure enough, after a few minutes, the ball floated within arm’s length.
It struck me as odd, that two out of 11 million of strangers, in a melting pot of cultures, languages, and belief systems, held the same exact perspective— as if it were obvious that what you put out into the world comes back to you.
What about this particular perspective makes it so universally agreed upon as the truth? And what implications does it have for our lives?
What we give, we receive. This is fundamental to understanding how the universe and our lives work. For example, when you give authentic courage in a situation, a completely different outcome will be received back to you as a result. Fear will be received differently as well— giving you yet a completely different result from courage.
If you hand out hatred like candy canes on Christmas, chances are people won’t like you, and you are going to start receiving some hatred back your way. And even if you believe you only get what give… chances are you will wonder what everyone’s problem is.
In other words, most people see the world as happening to them. Your boss fires you. Someone hits your car. You get robbed. The world is an evil place with bad people in it, you decide, it’s obvious, right?
Maybe you are generating your world. Every aspect of your life a part of your co-creation. Maybe you have more power than you think.
Start to notice what you are putting out into the world. Observe how you treat people? The clerk at the gas station? Your family? Yourself?
If something is showing up in your life that isn’t pleasant, start looking inward… because whatever you give to life, it will come back to you.