Photo courtesy of CordieB and was inspired by pboothe
The mind is such an incredible power tht it literally expands whatever it touches. When we are faced with a challenge, obstacle or problem, our tendency is to nurture it. We talk about it. We describe it vividly. We monitor its progress day by day, imagining how much it is growing and how its effects are devastating every aspect of our lives. What we are actually doing is giving the problem more value than its worth. When confronted with a difficulity, we must immediately shift our attention from the problem to the solution. We can think, speak and bring the best possible outcome into existence by focusing on where we are going, not on where we think we are.
Have you ever imagined something very terrible, that never materialized, or was nothing like you thought it would be? So often in life, when we are faced with challenges, we let our mind focus so heavily on the problem, that our mind can not expand to come up with the solution.
The fear in facing challenges sometimes overwhelm us so much that we become physically sick. Once we become sick, we are forced to focus on our health, and the problem is not so important anymore. Allowing fearful thoughts to control your mind will bring on sickness and illness, both of the mind, body and soul.
We have to constantly be aware of our thoughts when we face life’s challenges. Only when we focus on the solution and let go of the fear, will be able to defeat the challenge. Also, ninety percent of the time, the fear we dread is only perceived and never materializes.
When I was in middle school, I was scared to death of going to school the next day because a bully had threatend to fight me. I lay awake all night worrying, imagining my teeth being punched out and my hair being pulled out. When the morning came, I had a stomach ache due to the enduring worry. Now my mother was very keen to my emotions, and she knew something was wrong. She must have sensed that I was having a problem of this sort. She would not let me stay home! She said, you have to face your battles in order to move on in life.
Well, to make a long story short, I went to school and I faced my bully. There was a fight; I lost. But the lost was not as bad as I had imagined. I still had beautiful teeth and lovely hair. In fact, I gained respect for standing up to the bully; and she and I became good friends eventually.
So I say to you my friends, face your challenges; don’t avoid them. Don’t imagine the worst and blow up your problems. The future is never quite what we imagine it to be. What we know now about tomorrow is only a fraction, if that much. We so often see the worst in our problems. We also forget that everything changes. No heartache, bad times, bad luck, good times or anything else will last forever. Stressing on problems will make you sick–such mental stress can actually activate that cancer cell that we all have . Focus on the solution, and not the problem! (If there really is a problem; most likely not!)
Peace, Love and Light to you and yours . . . .