What a great film!?? (In case you don't know, the quote is from all time awesomest film trilogy, "Back to the Future")
I once again wish to express, I do not consider, nor do I claim to know and have all the answers to everything in life and world, I’m still figuring so much out, myself! However, my experiences have and do appeal to, and help others, so in the words of a favourite author, “life and it’s lessons are only made useful if shared”, so again I wish to share with you, my brothers and sisters.
Awareness and Attention
Why do I need to pay attention to what is happening??
Why do I hide from problems by avoidance or covering them up with other problems?Why's it so hard?Why do I give up and let the bad things consume me and long only for the 'good things'?
- Because we are afraid, tired, faithless and weak (not just physically).
- Often, we are equally afraid of failure, and afraid of success.
- We actively resist change.
“Most people live, whether physically, intellectually, or morally, in a very restricted circle of their being. They make use of a very small portion of their possible consciousness, and of their soul's resources in general, much like a man who, out of his whole bodily organism, should get into the habit of using and moving only his little finger. Great emergencies and crises show us how much greater our vital resources are than we had supposed.”
“He knows not his own strength that hath not met adversity”
Some of the more challenging obstacles in life such as death and loss are not easy things to deal with, I know, and I am not saying don't grieve or pretend it didn't happen, but acceptance of what it is, for what it is, is the first step to overcoming. Resisting change will only prolong the pain and difficulty, we must develop courage to push through.
Use your own experiences in testing this one… Who wanted to do work when they were at school? Very few I’m sure, but looking back I’m sure you wish you’d have done so, or could go back and try harder etc..? Why aren’t we applying that same lesson to every part of our lives?
Lets bring this back to a real life situation...one I experienced at the weekend.
Situation: (I felt God needing me and me needing to ask God to guide me in a gap that needs to be filled at my cousin’s wedding). After discussing faith with my aunt as she decided to ask about it all to which I did openly and honestly (Steps one and two). I then felt the need to head outside for some air. There was a group of young people out drinking and throwing glass bottles around so I decided to walk and head in their general direction. I was listening and working out if I should talk to them or not (Steps one and two), when I remembered a quote by Martin Luther King Jr,
"You are not only responsible for what you say, but also for what you do not say."
So to recap, how do we have a happier 2010?
1. Attention: Look at what's happening, take it in, the good and the bad, write it down if needs be.
2. Be realistic: See issues for what they are, we need to knock down the fake walls around the issue and see what the real problem is.
3. Action: Do something about it when you feel ready, if you are not, make small steps/goals to achieve each day, working to overcome the issue, and eventually you'll get there.