If we only focus on the painful splashes, we'll never see the beauty of its ripples.
When do we gain control over things of this life that are causing us emotional pain, anxiety and depression in this present day? More importantly, I think is the question, how do we gain control? It starts when we choose to look beyond our pain and suffering. It starts when we choose to look beyond ourselves.
Let's imagine ourselves as a pool of water. The different events happening both "out there" and within our own personal bubble, merging and causing the varying waves. There are ones for joy, vibrations of learning, acquiring knowledge, and sometimes more forceful splashes. However, no matter how forceful the splash it is our choices that set in motion & disquiet the water. We as humans think the goal is to find stability and calmness. But, what actually happens to a stagnant pool of water? It grows a dirty film until eventually, it becomes murky, muddy and filthy. We have only two guarantees of life, change and eternal rest.
Our lives then change and everything we wanted to hold onto comes to an end. To fight against this is to reject the laws of our soul's existence. What do we do then? How do we handle these changes happening around us and affecting us both negatively and positively? We find an anchor. If we resist change we meet a different kind of demise, a self-imposed one. If we allow the turbulence to overwhelm us then we can drown in our pain. The anchor is simply a choice to own it. A declaration to use it for accomplishing good. This gives us an understanding that we are powerful and yet wholly insignificant at the same time. An intention to see what life is really about— learning, teaching and loving. Without pain, you can’t do any of these things. The problem we face is focusing on the splashes that this life is presently placing in our path. Instead of being a bystander watching from the sidelines for the beautiful ripples that come from its aftermath.
Paying attention to our lives as they are in the moment allows us to quell any uncomfortable thoughts and concerns we have. Our minds are always focused on a time that is not in the present. We know we can't change the past, but we can certainly have a hand in changing our future. If we learn to recognize this, we will begin to see that wanting something that isn't a part of our lives only causes us mental, emotional, and, ultimately, spiritual discomfort. The beauty of our breath, however, is that it is a tool that grounds us in our lives as they are happening. Our desire for something that has yet to come or our fears based on an earlier experience melts away when our minds become attuned to the present moment. Thinking about today only will calm your mind, which will make you feel more confident about your future as it unfolds before us.
I deeply believe that everything is relative. We need the negative to balance and appreciate the positive and vice versa. We need something unexpected to happen in order for us to realize that everything was expected. It's our relation to those things that we are able to decide how we feel and the level of intensity of those feelings. Shania Twain
There is no longer the old you to get back to. From here on in there's a new you to create and nurture.
And just as a reminder...
TODAY Is our tomorrow. It's up to us to shape it, To TAKE CONTROL and seize EVERY opportunity. The POWER is in the choices we make EVERY day.