“Children are happy because they don’t have a file in their minds called “All the Things That Could Go Wrong.” ~ Marianne Williamson
Ah yes, that pesky file. A position that I have adopted in my life when feeling inspired to do something but caught up in the ‘what if’ folder is leaving the worries to ‘Future Dave’--he may be screwed, but fortunately I have yet to meet him.
"Do you wish me a good morning, or mean that it is a good morning whether I want it or not; or that you feel good this morning; or that it is a morning to be good on?" ~ Tolkien
All of the above? How about you and I decide that today we will look upon everything with total acceptance? How about if you and I, just for today, ask continuously if we could see this ‘upset’ differently? How about if for the next twelve hours we choose not to believe our thoughts? OK? Now that will make for a great day!
"I could not become anything; neither good nor bad; neither a scoundrel nor an honest man; neither a hero nor an insect. And now I am eking out my days in my corner, taunting myself with the bitter and entirely useless consolation that an intelligent man cannot seriously become anything, that only a fool can become something." ~ Dostoyevsky
If Dostoyevsky is saying that he could not ‘become anything’ because whatever he ‘became’ would inherently be meaningless, then I wholeheartedly agree. But if that is in fact what he is saying then why the ‘entirely useless consolation’, did he not really believe that? I can become virtually anything I choose to become (you should see me doing pirouettes with the Bolshoi) and I am also keenly aware that whatever I choose to become ultimately has no meaning. In other words: only a fool can become something and believe it has any meaning at all. My worth is established by God, it is unchangeable. Now go have some fun.
"On soft spring nights I'll stand in the yard under the stars - Something good will come out of all things yet - And it will be golden and eternal just like that - There's no need to say another word." ~ Jack Kerouac
Everything is always for the best. There will be many times that idea will be experienced as a very challenging, faith-based, position. And, yet, I have found that within the container of this vision, all is well.
"The reason why many are still troubled, still seeking, still making little forward progress is because they haven't yet come to the end of themselves. We're still trying to give orders, and interfering with God's work within us. " ~ A.W.Tozer
Tozer is clearly talking about me. I am still interfering with God’s work within; I still have the amusing idea that I have some idea of how this little life should be run ... time to surrender!
"Don't surrender all your joy for an idea you used to have about yourself that isn't true anymore." ~ Cheryl Strayed
That idea never was true. There is no truth in the self I chose to be; there is no joy, lasting joy, in the self I invented. As I relinquish my attachment to an idea of an ‘i’, I make room for Truth to smile and say: “Well, well, there you are...” Piece of cake.
“The opposite of ‘never enough’ isn’t abundance or ‘more than you could ever imagine’. The opposite of scarcity is enough.” ~ Brene Brown
This sentence really hit home for me. Abundance is certainly a word that gets tossed around a lot these days, side-saddled with ‘the Universe’ as part of our ‘birth-right’ to experiencing life. Like the vastness of the universe, abundance--and the law of attraction--can be a philosophy that propels one forward to future tomorrows, seeking out new ‘life’ without first attending and connecting with what I left behind. The grass is only greener on the other side because I have neglected to water my lawn.
"Forgive but do not forget, or you will be hurt again. Forgiving changes the perspectives. Forgetting loses the lesson." ~ Paulo Coelho
This is becoming a wee bit of a theme. Choose Again sees this quite differently. I teach (and learn over and over) that the hurt was a reaction, a feeling, chosen by a self I made up. The ‘lesson’ is that I made up a self that deserves to be hurt, can be hurt and will be hurt. Once I apply forgiveness to the mistaken identity, a similar event, when it re-occurs, will be experienced very differently. Not only that, but as I transform the self to the Self, even the circumstances leading to the painful experience in the past are not likely to arise again.
"To be wronged is nothing, unless you continue to remember it." ~ Confucius
What a perfect thought on Easter morning. What do I choose to remember? Whatever it is, my carefully selected memory determines my experience. It is my memory I suffer from. The event in which I believe I was wronged is long over. Transform the one remembering, and the planet seems to shift dramatically. Happy Easter!
"Forgiveness has nothing to do with absolving a criminal of his crime. It has everything to do with relieving oneself of the burden of being a victim--letting go of the pain and transforming oneself from victim to survivor." ~ C.R. Strahan
Ahh, the belief in ‘victim’, how it colours everything I see or think or feel. Easter is such a perfect moment to check in and see how much of the ‘victim’ still runs the show; to note how I have interpreted one of the greatest demonstrations of absolute, unconditional forgiveness as a dreadful ‘victim’ story. The ‘victim’ position is horribly addictive and equally horribly tough to release: the pay-off is so universal; to be coddled as a ‘victim’ is so seductive and yet so deadly. By all means ‘transform oneself from victim to survivor’ but don’t stop there. Surviving is nice but now it is time to Thrive! Time to claim my Easter!