Monday’s Mediation: On What We Put Our Faith In
Somedays I’m certain that the deciding factor in whether a person has a happy, successful life lies in whether he or she fundamentally believes they’ll “be okay,” and whether they don’t.
And most days I’m pretty certain, too, that the former have consciously chosen to adopt such a belief. Which is a sort of roundabout way of saying they’ve decided to have faith in positivity, rather than faith in negativity. Because if there’s one thing the majority of us are particularly skilled at, it’s defaulting to the mindset that things are bound to go awry.
When we get right down to it, most of us are so scared of feeling hurt, disappointed, or insufficient that we go to great lengths in order to avoid these feelings. We do this most often by believing that what we want won’t come to fruition, that things are certainly not going to go our way. We seem naturally to put our faith in the inevitability of forces opposing our desires.
What if–just for today or this hour– you dared to believe that things in your life are going to be great? That everything around you is in fact aimed at raising you up, making you prosperous, enabling you to give of your highest gifts?
Well, then you risk being wrong, I guess. You risk not being able to fall on the rocky cushion of “I knew it.”
Then again, if you dared to believe that things are going to go your way–if you decide to have faith in the fulfillment of your dreams rather than in the unavoidable roadblocks on your way to progress–life tends to open up to you in ways you could never have imagined on your own.
There is no precedent for the future. Your ability to have faith in life working itself out, in you “being ok,” does not depend on your track record up until this point. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve carried a prohibitive story about yourself and your life. It only matters where or what you put your faith in now.
Success or failure.
Loneliness or companionship.
Abundance or scarcity.
Fear or love.
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