I made a life-changing, conscious choice at the start of the New Year. I decided to stop allowing anything that I don’t like or want to experience to have any of my attention. For instance, I don’t give my energy to pain, sickness, poverty, disturbed individuals wielding weapons or Washington politics. I do admit that sometimes it’s challenging to notice the direction my thoughts are headed in order to shift them . . . but that’s the commitment I’ve made because I want to be happy, healthy, peaceful and prosperous. In addition, I remind myself that the only person I can control is me, so I mind my own business. My credo has become simply “live and let live”.
Some of you might be thinking that I’m just in denial of what’s really going on in the world, hiding my head in the sand to the awful things that happen all around us. You might also believe that my attitude of ignoring a problem isn’t going to make things better. First of all, I am well aware that this world is filled with dangerous and frightening things that cause great harm to many. And I am equally aware that if we continually look for things to fear or that could possibly go “wrong”, we most certainly will find a plethora of them showing up in our individual experience. That’s certainly not what I want and I would bet that neither do you.
On the subject of taking action, not all action is created equal. Taking inspired action from an intuitive place always feels good and comes quite naturally; this is how to make the world a better place for all of us. Taking action from fear, however, is really defensive posturing and can only add to the creation of even more things to defend and protect ourselves against. In other words, when we allow fear to prompt our actions, we’re not going to make anything better because what you focus on grows.
If you want to have a wonderful life experience and contribute positively to the world, then perhaps you will take Gandhi’s advice to heart:
“You must be the change you want to see in the world.”