So, mornings are tough when the weather changes and even more tough when crisis strikes…and even more tough when both strike at the same time. Ha, when it rains it pours.
It will not keep me away from sharing with all of you, though. Many things have happened to shed more light on life and I am eager to be transparent…to your benefit, I hope.
You had one of those moments before? I woke up the other morning and I felt like stress found me. My pastor had said in his message the day before that in an average day, a person makes approximately 168,000 decisions. Now I could have let that statement go, maybe zoned out during his talking and not let that sink in. But for someone who has fought through some major and minor decision-making issues in his past, that statement sunk my boat.
I usually do not know when stress is happening until I physically feel it…and WOW! did I feel it. A mental fog set in and threw my day out of whack. I was just operating on auto-pilot the whole morning. I am glad that some good habits were formed in me so that I could work by going through the motions, though. It took some real intense thought and prayer to claw my way out of the most of it. Some of it still remains.
But what if I would have chosen to stay there. Have you ever had that happen to you and you stayed there…in that muck and mire…wishing for someone to reach down and pull you out? Or maybe you didn’t hope for someone to show up but you just gave up?
When this happens, it really is a matter of perspective. Our society has become so computerized that we have forgotten the value of the physical pen and paper. Getting yourself transparent and writing things down is a humbling experience at times.
Questions to yourself need to be answered. Here is one: How much of this can I change the outcome? Can I somehow produce an outcome that will decrease its “worry” weight? If not, then you are just a spectator. Prepare for how it will affect your world to lessen its effect.
Another question is: Is it my problem? Is this based on someone else’s decision? Even if it is your adult child that you raised, does lamenting over the crazy things they do change what they do? Again, you are just a spectator. Prepare for how it may affect your world.
Final question: Can I talk to someone (close friend or spouse), that can offer a different perspective and will I shut my own mouth and listen? This is the key many times. When you have experienced levels of distrust in their life from those who are supposed to be responsible, you tend to lean on yourself because at least you know what to expect from yourself. You may have heard the saying “Behind every successful man, there is a strong woman”. I will tweak that saying and say “Behind every successful person is a trail of people who teach”.
Plain and simple…You do not know it all. The answers to all of your problems are not lurking around in your subconscious, waiting for you to catch them. I know that there have been self-help teachings that say the “Greater Consciousness” will give it to you if you ask. Well, here is a shocker for you: Just like God uses you to help others, He will use others to help you. Part of the problem with “self-help” teaching is just that: It teaches you to only rely on yourself for answers. Don’t act like the word “ASK” is a four letter word.
We do not know it all. Never stop learning.
Lay down the weight of the world. It is not for you to worry about. You do have responsibility to make good decisions for the future, not for the past. All 168,000 of them.