“Having hit a wall, the next logical step is not to bang our heads against it.”- Stephen Harper.
Whether the wall is a physical one(visible) or an emotional one(invisible) we all are facing a wall of some kind. These walls separate us from our goals, desires, forward movement, and even other people. It is interesting to note that thenon-physical can literally stop us in our tracks. Among the lies we tell ourselvesare fear and worry. These two things have an especially good knack for stopping us from what we really want. Because of these negative emotions and their mind games wetend to lose the ability to move ina forward direction. Beyondthis wall is a more positive self image that will spurn us upward and onward! To changethe circumstance, we need to change our self image. Thetrifecta of anger, complaints, and ungratefulness is a sure road to failure. It iswith a positive self image and thankfulness that we’ll find the keys to success. However, this is more then just positive thinking, we literally must change our self image in order to succeed. This is not an easy feat, especially when you’re caught in the midst of circumstances you hate. The trick is, by finding things you are grateful for inthe middle oflife’s storms, they will hold less power over you andtheir effects won’t be so devastating. This in turn will open up an in road beyond the wall that you face.By recognizing your strength rather then weakness, the good over the bad, and taking a reflective moment each day to see these things, you’ll be well on your way beyond the wall that is stopping you. Be the victor rather then the victim, and the healed rather then the sick!
“You realize that our mistrust of the future makes it hard to give up the past.”
― Chuck Palahniuk.
We’ve got to look forward and keep moving, notdelvinginto the past.This is especially hard if youhave fears about what the future holds.As astroke survivor I found thateven my worries had worries.It wasthat much harder to think of the future not only because of fear, butalso because my heart was stuck in the past.Wemust not let our hearts be offended. Why? Because,taking offense(at someone or something) keeps us in a place of pain and inhibits our growth. If we choose to live in a place of unforgiveness we’ll becomethat much more cold,and hardened, the good things of life cannot grow or flourish inrocky soil! Therefore, we need to let go of the past and of thosethings that hold us back.For what seems like ages I’ve lived in my past. Because quite frankly, having my independence was farbetter than my current bleak reality.However, I am no longer the person that I was, in fact none of us are. To remain the same would be to stunt our growth and limit ourselves. No matter what happens toyou remember that “ You are not a victim but a victor!”In trying times it’s easy to get stuck in the former “better,” situations of our past. However,you must continueswimming forward or even in some cases treading water. Because, if you stop to consider the past too deeply, the weight of it will not only tie you up but cause you to sink. By remaining in my past I missed the good things in my present. The good news is, it’s never too late to begin moving forward. Indeed the sooner the better, and making a habit of it isn’t a bad idea either. Therefore, do not stop to consider your past for too long or too often. Far greater things lie ahead!
“You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.”
Why me!? Well, why not me? This is the question and answer manygive themselves, who have suffered a catastrophic event or injury. It’s undoubtedly understandable to be angry in suchbad circumstances. However, it’s not always helpful or healing. While anger can help you break out of something(depression)or help you overcome it,itcan also hold you back. Anger can anchor you in the past, or create unrest in your heart and mind. What you believe in is very powerful andwill dictate the direction in which your lifegoes. Therefore, playthe right mental movies for yourself. Films that portray you as the victor, times of happiness, andpositive plot lines. Thesemental movies can stir upcourage, hope, and strengthor place fear and doubt in your heart. When the movies that you play yourself are the opposite of fear and doubt, it opens the door for peace to enter your mind and heart. “A peaceful heart leads to a healthy body”(Prov. 14:30nlt). If you find yourself in a hospital bed don’t take the situation lying down. Instead,screen films in your mental movie theatre ofimproving health, happy moments, and the day of your eventual discharge. Also, when dealing with a sickness be careful not to get anchored in the past for too long. Instead, keep your thoughts positive, the movies victorious, and your eyes forward.Your dreams can and will become a realitywith a positive, and strong attitude. Not to mention, dreams don’t have to remain in thethought realm, dreams and life are meantto be experienced!