This is what my E.G.O. needed to hear today; a confirmation to to be vigilant, to move along with Growth/Change and keep my thoughts of G.O.D positive and directed to the forefront. It’s all about Love… of self and others. I want to impact the lives of those around me for the better. Revelations keep coming. Right now they seem to be carrying quite a “jolt” as they try to settle in and can be a bit upsetting. I’ve been consciously breathing and trying to keep my mind from taking control and distorting the facts. I need to remember not to react adversely while sorting this all out. If I begin to think I finally have Life under my control I’d make poor choices (again), act out in a passive-aggressive manner (again) and just generally upset the old apple cart (again). Then I am nothing more than a selfish, EGOtistical waste of my time and energy because I know better now. There are no excuses. The bottom line is I wouldn’t stop these Processes even if I could. They’re moving me closer to my destiny.
ENOUGH TO NEED
Never allow me to think that I have
Knowledge enough to need no teaching,
Wisdom enough to need no corrections,
Talents enough to need no grace,
Goodness enough to need no progress,
Humility enough to need no repentance,
Devotion enough to need no improvement,
Strength sufficient with Thy Spirit lest, standing still,
I fall back forevermore.
From the 12th Step Prayer Book, Prayer #26
Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach. Any small, calm thing that one soul can do to help another soul, to assist some portion of this poor suffering world, will help immensely. It is not given to us to know which acts or by whom, will cause the critical mass to tip toward an enduring good. What is needed for dramatic change is an accumulation of acts, adding, adding to, adding more, continuing. We know that it does not take “everyone on Earth” to bring justice and peace, but only a small, determined group who will not give up during the first, second, or hundredth gale.
Clarissa Pinkola Estes
I believe the single most significant decision I can make on a day-to-day basis is my choice of attitude. It is more important than my past, my education, my bankroll, my successes or failures, fame or pain, what other people think of me or say about me, my circumstances, or my position. Attitude is that “single string” that keeps me going or cripples my progress. It alone fuels my fire or assaults my hope. When my attitudes are right, there’s no barrier too high, no valley too deep, no dream too extreme, no challenge too great for me. ~ Charles R. Swindoll
My attitude is healthy most of the time. When it’s not well it kills my spirit and my progress. It’s a guarantee that I’ll turn into a screaming banshee when my attitude is on the rocks. I can become cocky, defensive, angry, fearful, a know-it-all, disagreeable, impolite, dissatisfied, surly or sullen. I can play the passive aggressive game, the hard hearted game or rant and rave. There are dozens of ways I can manifest that Bad Attitude and itwill always cripple me until I get a grip on it and change direction.
One thing I’ve learned is when I am not in good spiritual condition I tend to get a case of Bad Attitude. It may not happen right away but it will crop up sooner than later. This usually starts when I’m Too Busy to spend a few minutes with my GOD in morning meditation, prayer or reflection. After a few days of Too Busy I will neglect my quiet time for a while longer; usually just long enough to get into a lovely upheaval of emotional pain. I may start blaming other people or other things for my imbalance. The mayhem I’ve created can only be cured by affirmative action on my part and only I have the power to choose when this cure starts. Since I can recognize, as well as feel, the lousy position I’ve put myself in I am able to make the choice to change, start doing what I MUST and be back on track as quickly as possible. If I have a bad case of Self Will (another topic for a post) it might take a little longer but I’ll get there. When I’ve harmed someone with my unhealthy behavior then my actions need to be addressed and apologies are in order. If I’ve only beat myself up I find it worthwhile to make those amends to me.
When I stand in love, have faith in the process and know that all is exactly the way it should be at this moment, as well as keeping a conscious contact with my GOD I am able to live in a Good Attitude. Everything is calmer and I become comfortable with life again. Time is so precious and life is so short that it’s a shame to waste any of it cultivating a Bad Attitude. If you’re struggling with your attitude I humbly suggest you look for the moves you need to take to turn it around. It’s so much easier to live, to just be, with a Good Attitude anda softer heart.
Affirmations are really anything that we say or think. Our thoughts create our feelings, beliefs, and experiences. Too often they are negative. We say, “I don’t want this in my life” or “I don’t want to be sick anymore” or “I hate my job”. If we want to change or manifest something in our lives, we must state what we do want. We must affirm that we are willing to see ourselves or our lives in a different perspective. Thus, we can change our experiences by first changing our thoughts. ~ Louise Hay
If like attracts like then Negativity attracts itself. I know it can breed with amazing speed, just like The Flu. It can create a very Sick Puppy. But unlike The Flu the person with the downtrodden, negative or bummer attitude usually doesn’t even know it’s there. It is so ingrained in their thought patterns it seems “natural” to them.
I’m sure you know someone like this. There’s the person I don’t want to run into when I’m in a hurry because my casual, “Hi! How are you?” usually elicits a reply that I’m 99% sure is going to be a (long) story about A Bummer. Or, there’s the guy who has had the Same Problems, Different Day for way too long. He’s still beating his head against the wall; hasn’t done a thing about changing his ways and has no idea why his life sucks. I know women and men who have been in dysfunctional and co-dependent relationships forever who constantly complain about their situations but can’t bring themselves to leave. Their heads can’t wrap around the fact that they could be happier if they would just stop controlling, being controlled or both (Just Say NO! No More! ). These are just a few examples but these are behaviors I’m familiar with.
Affirmations are an effective way for me to keep Negativity at bay. When I came out of my “Coma” I started to listen and learn. I realized there was more to life than being on The Pity Pot and Hitting My Head Against the Wall While Trying to Orchestrate it All. I learned that words are powerful and using negatives such as No, Not, Don’t, Can’t and Won’t (to name just a few)only hindered my progress. By using a positive approach with affirmative words and actions I am able to process my thoughts and feelings and turn “it” around which, in turn, prevents The Flu . I don’t want to spread any Germs. I’m not perfect but I’m making progress. I’m happy, healthy and whole today. For this I am truly grateful.