A fundamental positive approach to life is the ability to reframe and understand what you are going through. We look at the devastation and loss of life that is the result of Hurricane Sandy and it is horrible – there is no other way to view it. However, we either bemoan the experience or we learn from it. Look at the infrastructure of the electric grid, consider the preparedness of the average family, and demand that the future business and governmental response be focused on the well-being of citizens and not just profits or politics. The fundamental question is what do we learn from this?
The same can be said for us in our own life. What do we learn from our experiences? If our action or inaction gives us a result that we do not desire, what new point of view could give us different results? What if we are fired during this economy? What if we take one hundred percent responsibility for the situation we are in? That doesn’t mean we caused the layoff or dismissal but we are responsible NOW. We have to deal with the situation.
There are different feelings that we can experience: this is too hard, this will be a struggle, they are to blame – or my worth is not based on this experience, I am a person of commitment, truth, and action – what can I accomplish now? Many people let circumstances dictate how they feel – our worth and feelings need to be based within.
Many of you have voted already, many more will go to the polls on Tuesday, and you may experience various feelings as a result of the election. Being able to reframe what takes place will be critical for you to deal with the aftermath of the election. How will you respond? What is the best way to navigate the coming years? I’ll write about that in future entries. As Colossians 4:2 says “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” Prayer is not just telling the Creator what you want or need – it is listening for guidance and direction. Take the time for meditation, reflection, and listening. More is accomplished from a state of rest and thought than reaction.
Be Well – and Vote