Money and success can’t buy us love, happiness or inner peace. So, by all means, we go after our dreams. But we don’t set it up so our happiness and inner peace depend upon fulfillment of those dreams. We find ways to be happy and at peace with ourselves and our world regardless of the good fortune or strife in our lives.
Maybe eating corn flakes for breakfast every day for fifty years is a good thing. Maybe it’s not. Maybe variety is the spice of life. Maybe “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.” Perhaps we should challenge our habits and routines by occasionally doing the unexpected, choosing an alternate path, and discovering the limitless potential of the universe to surprise us when we surprise ourselves.
When we isolate from others we are avoiding dealing with our problems and we are reinforcing our dysfunctional view of ourselves and our world. Best to engage in the world and learn how to effectively navigate the slings and arrows. Best to quiet our mind, free it of the noise tsunami that bombards us 24/7. Best to conquer our ego which thinks it’s us against them, kill or be killed.
The Law of Attraction is essentially a request to the universe for help. If we send that request with a smile, we are increasing our potential to attract the cooperation and support of others. If we send that request with a frown, we are sending a mixed message and are, therefore, sabotaging our efforts. Best that our thoughts, our facial expressions, our body language, our words and our deeds all reflect our desire and commitment to the better life we are hoping to manifest.
A young man thought up this great stunt that would make his video go viral. He’d have his girlfriend shoot him in the chest with only a book between the bullet and his body, and he’d survive because the book would stop the bullet. Obviously. But the thing is, in less obvious cases, we all have the potential to be a dope and do something thoughtless, foolish, impulsive, without considering possible unintended consequences. Best we beware of our great thoughts and perhaps run them by others we deem to be sensible souls, before leaping into action.
We live with so many resentments and grievances towards others that waste our time, that minimize our joy, that get in the way of loving, nurturing relationships. Best we put aside our anger, hurt and resentment from the past and try to appreciate and be grateful for the loved ones in our lives.
Many of us say we have forgiven people but if we are still harboring hurt, resentment and anger, then we have not truly forgiven them. We are still attacking them with our anger and unforgiveness. We are still perceiving ourselves as the victim. We are still keeping ourselves stuck in an emotional prison that only our forgiveness can free us from.
Medications can save lives. They can also cripple us and kill us due to side effects and drug-drug Interactions. It behooves us to pay attention. To do our own research. To ask our doctors questions. To understand the risks, the benefits, the side effects and the alternatives of every medication we are taking. To only take medications that are necessary and to take the least amount of those medications.
Many of us avoid taking responsibility for the choices we’ve made by claiming that we can’t help it, it’s who we are. This isn’t true. It’s not who we are. It’s who we’ve chosen to be. Certainly, we were programmed in many ways to be the person we now are, but this is not etched in stone. We can change. We can choose different thoughts, different emotions, different reactions, different actions. We can become the person we want to be despite the dramas and traumas of our past. But it requires that we do the work. When asked why we did something, it is not acceptable to say, “I don’t know.” We need to know. We need to dig deep if necessary to discover our true feelings and fears that motivate much of our behavior if we wish to change it.