The perfect no stress environment is the grave. When we change our perception we gain control. The stress becomes a challenge, not a threat. When we commit to action, to actually doing something rather than feeling trapped by events, the stress in our life becomes manageable.
This was shared with me this evening by a dear friend . . .
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
On several occasions I have seen posts that speak of being kind because we may not know what others may be going through. I usually tap the like button and most of the time the share button.
But silently, sometimes I am so quick to judge without giving thought to what someone might be going through that may cause the behavior I am judging. I don’t like the feeling that follows my thinking.
Is it right for me to want others to follow that advice, but not me. No, it’s not.
For a long time it seemed like my life was an ongoing search for one quote after another to keep me excited. That search and the excitement that followed the finding of a new one, didn’t seem to ever alter my behavior. Maybe it did a little at some point, but I don’t remember that.
Ah!!, that is until this particular quote . . . . .
“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me” Erma Bombeck
Keeping those words before me consistently has changed how I think. The quote is a foundation for all I do and it has altered my behaviour.