And, the rest of the quote…
Every time you get angry you poison your own system. Expect problems and eat them for breakfast.
Maybe it wasn’t what we ordered, but it made it to our table anyway. When we just pick up our knife and fork and get busy cutting those problems into bite-size pieces (instead of getting angry at whoever or whatever caused us the extra trouble) we’ll save a heck of a lot of time and energy.
And, it will sure taste better than poison.
While thinking about yesterday’s post and the concept of embracing our current circumstance as a prerequisite for getting out of it, I imagined the impracticality of using a map or a GPS without calmly acknowledging my current position.
What if, instead of plotting the path between here and there, I spent my time arguing about where I was? e.g., “I don’t deserve to be here! It’s not fair. This isn’t where I am supposed to be!” Or, even worse than that, what if I just talked about how much I hated and resented my current position when the GPS was asking for my destination; or, while looking at a map, I was in denial about where I was?
Travel would be an illusion. Spinning my wheels wouldn’t be.
Bless the road as it unwinds before you. – from a traditional Celtic prayer
Let no circumstance trouble you.
Let no obstacle scare you.
Let no road-block anger you.
Let no inefficiency irritate you.
( Pam’s interpretation of traditional Celtic prayer)
A little tongue in cheek, but frankly, as we bless and welcome the path before us, whatever it is, when we cease cursing and arguing with it, not only does our digestion improve, but we also have fewer headaches, less tension in our shoulders, more energy, less wrinkles…and best of all…we begin to attract more joy!
Seriously, has cursing the road ever helped?
“I have spent the second part of my life breaking the stones, drilling the walls, smashing the doors, removing the obstacles I placed between the light and myself in the first part of my life.” – Octavio Paz
This could be the case with many of us. To prevent this tragic waste of time and effort, stop “building” today long enough to ask yourself a few simple questions:
1. When am I the most happy?
2. What work do I love so much I’d do it for free?
3. Am I making any decisions based on fear?
4. Am I making excuses for not living the life I’ve imagined?
5. Have I surrendered my anger, negativity, disappointment, and sadness for faith and joy?
6. Will I give love and forgiveness freely today?