Since the events of our lives are uncertain at best, we never know what fortune or misfortune waits. But, oh, how we imagine those future events! Often, our imagination most easily pictures things in the negative, which causes us to worry. It is said that worry is like a rocking chair that keeps you moving, but doesn’t get you anyplace. Worries are just your expectations gone awry.
I think we tend to forget that expectations form our attitudes, which in turn define our behaviors and the unconscious signals we send out into the world. These signals instruct conditions to comply with our expectations, thus reinforcing the habit of worry. Worry then confuses the messages being sent from the conscious mind and sends mixed messages to the subconscious, which has a way of mysteriously directing what happens to us. What you believe with feeling often manifests. This includes those events we desire and those events we don’t.
The solution to the things we worry about often comes with a brilliant and sudden flash of insight. It’s usually what has been right before our eyes all along—so simple that we wonder why we never saw it. Suddenly our mental spotlight is focused on the obvious. Answers are always hidden in what we consider problems.
Remember, a problem is only a solution turned inside out!
Take some quiet time, and instead of worrying about the unknown outcome, use this mantra: “Something great and wonderful is going to happen to me today!” This is a way of balancing and bringing into harmony the yin/yang relationship of opposites that have gotten out of hand. When the emotional scale tips too far to one side, this helps bring the energy back into balance.
Let’s keep in mind that worry is really a form of fear. It’s saying that on a deep level you don’t feel safe. No matter how much money you have, how you have prepared for your physical survival, how healthy you are today, or how sound your relations are, if you haven’t come to grips with who you are, you will worry. Spiritual maturity is measured by your total acceptance that no matter what happens, no matter what test you face, the end result is for your highest good.
Lin Yutang wrote, “Peace of mind is that mental condition in which you’ve accepted the worst.” When you can mentally master the worst thing that can happen to you, you’ll be forever free of worry. And most of those “worst things,” those misfortunes, those terrible expectations, never really materialize. The only place they haunt us is in our minds.
The 10,000 things we thought would happen actually never happen; we were free to go on with our lives right from the start.
Even the great tragedies of yesterday are buried deep in the past and usually not resurrected. Can worry fix the past? No! Not any more than it can fix the future. Today is the only day and best day of your life. Today is the day for living fully! The evils you imagine will most likely never arrive, so smile. Smile because life is good and opportunities abound. Smile, because something good is going to happen to you!
An old poem reads,
“The day begun with dismal doubt
A stubborn thing to put to rout;
But all my worries flew away
When someone smiled at me today.”
Why not be the one who initiates the smile?
So what do I do about worry? I smile bravely and go on, because I know something great and wonderful is going to happen to me today. What was dreaded and faced is erased, even if it was just in my mind! Smile at your fears and concerns, and share the smile with others, because you know that something great and wonderful is going to happen to you today!
Reflections from Turtle Lake
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