“There’s a certain delusional quality that all successful people have. They have to believe that something different can happen.”—Will Smith
Okay, true confession. I didn’t see The Hangover Part III. Didn’t even see the second in the trilogy.
But what this one-star summer bomb demonstrates is our tendency to repeat ourselves again and again, day after day.
We get stuck in these loops, looking for the same things we saw yesterday. Today is a brand new day with an infinite number of new possibilities. Whoever took over for Ed McMahon could knock on your door with the winning check in the magazine sweepstakes. You could make a new friend or meet a potential S.O. You could get an idea for a book or a song or a nonprofit that might change the lives of millions.
The thing is you never know. But because we get up every morning expecting the exact same thing, we get re-runs (Hangover Part III’s) of yesterday. Yea, there might be a little variety. You could get a speeding ticket, for example, or eat a pepperoni pizza instead of pasta, but admit it, you basically expect your world to look like a clone of yesterday.
But what if you woke up to a world where everything was completely unrecognizable? Are you willing to allow that possibility? The possibility that the world’s largesse could flow into your life? The possibility that we could have peace on earth? And that every child could go to bed with a full stomach knowing they were deeply loved and cherished?
If there’s one thing I know it’s this: We get out of life exactly what we look for…down to the precise shape, size and color.
A major conundrum of quantum physics is that whatever the observer expects to see he sees. Physical reality, at its essence, is made of high-energy photons. And we, you and me, are patterns of light and information, patterns of light and information that we keep re-running and re-running.
So, to my way of thinking, the more open we are to brand new, completely different possibilities, the better our world will become.
So, yea, the first Hangover was kinda fun. But as for me, I’d rather see Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis and all those other actors starring in a whole new film.
Pam Grout is the author of 16 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality.