Remember when you used to sit on Santa’s knee and ask for what you wanted for Christmas? And sometimes, most times, you would get it? What if Life was as easy as that, as easy as asking? There is a simple phrase you can use to ask. I will tell you this phrase as I relate my first day’s experience with using it!
My experience began on a Sunday morning when I learned the key phrase which is “How can it get any better than this?” I began to say the phrase to myself and noticed changes happen. The biggest change, really, was me because I frequently caught myself with a silly grin on my face, being happy, just waiting to see what would happen next.
The first thing that I noticed was that my training day finished earlier than expected. This meant I didn’t have to rush quite so much in order to catch my shuttle to the Toronto airport. Small thing. Was that life getting better? As I was riding in the shuttle, I asked, “How can it get any better than this?” One of my favourite tunes started to play on the radio, which made me laugh, “Ok, I guess that is better!” I began to expect my day to get better and began looking for evidence. I noticed the sun was shining after days of overcast and rain. That was better. I noticed the blues of the sky – periwinkle blue, powder blue, blue-violet. My favourite colours. I noticed the swirl of clouds crafted by the sky barrista. I noticed that traffic was flowing smoothly and that the driver was skillfully maneuvering traffic to keep us safe. I noticed that the driver seemed extra friendly and courteous. Maybe he was just hoping for a Christmas tip? In our joy and exuberance, we gave him a big one and my smile few wider.
At the airport, our flight was delayed 45 minutes. “How can it get any better than this?” I asked the Universe. And the Universe showed me! Our seats on the plane were the front row of economy section. At first, we didn’t like this because we thought there was no movie monitor. Duh! Once we realized it was tucked into the armrest panel, we were happy again, loving the leg room. When I travel, I usually need to tuck a carry-on under my short legs, but I noticed that my legs actually reached the floor on my seat. Small delight! Yes, this really was better. And still I asked, “How can it get any better than this?”
The flight delay meant that we would land in Vancouver at the same time that our connecting flight to Prince George was departing. “How can it get any better than this?” The pilot announced that the plane had picked up a tailwind and we would be able to make up some of the delay. We would now arrive in Vancouver 20 minutes before our connecting flight. “How can it get any better than this?” Just before landing, the pilot requested that passengers remain seated to allow those with tight connections to Prince George remain seated. Now, I’ve heard this before on flights and, frankly, no one listens. Everyone jumps up at the chime which indicates when it is safe to unfasten your seatbelt and the aisles are immediately congested. And that’s what happened this time, so I asked, “How can it get any better than this?” I discovered that by saying “Prince George” the aisles cleared like Moses parting the Red Sea! People smiled (gasp!) and said, “Good luck! Merry Christmas!” And still I asked, “How can it get any better than this?”
As my husband and I rushed through the deplaning tunnel to the terminal, our way was blocked by a woman on crutches. We couldn’t go around and were forced to stop our rush to our connecting flight. “How can it get any better than this?” The woman stopped a service agent and asked for a service vehicle to take her to the Prince George connecting flight. With my husband already gasping due to his asthma, we hopped on board the service vehicle and rode to our gate which was a loooong ride (can’t imagine having to run that to make the connection). And still I asked, “How can it get any better than this?” The flight had been held for us. Well, not just for us: life was getting better for others too.
On arriving in Prince George, I texted my son to let him know of our arrival. Earlier in the day, he told us that he had been called into work, so we expected to take a cab when we arrived. But because our flight had been delayed, he was just finishing work and able to pick us up from the airport. Our timing was perfect! And still I asked, “How can it get any better than this?” I’ve personally done a lot of flying and I know that whenever I’ve had a short connection time, my bags have never made the connection, but have always arrived the following day. “How can it get any better than this?” Both of our bags arrived in Prince George. Wow!
So, can life get any better? YES!! You simply need to ask, “How can it get any better than this?”* If you asked a friend this question, your friend would tell you how it could get better, wouldn’t she? By asking this question, you will be shown how it can get better. Call it what you will – coincidence, manifesting, affirmation, prayer, or simply looking for the silver lining in every situation. A professor once told me that, if you start to look for red cars, suddenly you will notice them everywhere. So, I’m looking for how life can get better, and finding it everywhere! You’ll know it by the smile on my face.
Merry Christmas, everyone, and Happy New Year!