This may be an uncomfortable reality, but you are wrong. So am I. We all are. We are all wrong in something. Whether it is in a relationship, an assumption about how the world works, a mistake we keep making at work or school, or our belief in God. We are getting something wrong, and you know what? It's OK, just keep learning.
I was recently talking to a friend (who is proud of his Finnish heritage) about the folly of fighting the Russians in winter. He said "We did it, and we won." I checked the facts on this, and sure enough, the Russians had maybe 4-5 times the casualties as the Finns. Finland however gave up some land with high economic value and had to pay Russia for reparations. Who really won, if anyone? Sometimes the cost of winning doesn't actually look much like a win at all. So which battles will you win today?
Don't start the day out with a loss. Even if you manage to keep "that parent" from cutting you off in the school run by riding the bumper of the car in front, is this really a win? Really? Does your day or world become better because of this? Start your day by cutting out some stress, measure the importance of your battles, and give youself a chance to win your daily war.
Have you ever had that expectation that something was going to happen, and when it did happen you knew you were going to be angry? It could be anything. Maybe the neighbour has a noisy car and at 6am every morning he gets in his car and wakes up the neighbourhood as he drives to work.
This week we have taken a long look at how the world is actively trying to manipulate your mind to make you think that happiness can be purchased. It can't. Take a moment today to think about what you want to achieve, and take the first step into a world of possibility. What are you waiting for?
As a follow-up to Father Frank's wise words, we could also state that we are human beings, not human havings. Your value as a human is not based on what you have, what you do for a living, or how much you experience.
We like to feel in charge of our own destiny. We like to think we shape our own future. We see inspirational messages about shaking off the past, but how can we do that when our past is the only resource we have to make decisions and create new ideas? We'll be looking at those questions this week.
In this series we see how hope requires both self-reliance, and also a belief that the world will be a safe place. As we look at the need for trust and hope, we can see that when a rat did not feel it had the self-sufficiency to survive it gave up quickly. When a rat … Continue reading Hope Floats Pt III
In our last article we looked at self-reliance, and how we can lose sight of reality when we are under pressure and don't believe we have the tools to continue. In this second installment, we will look at how self-belief but also a belief in the world is important for our well-being, and even our … Continue reading Hope Floats Pt II
Don't judge a book by its cover. A tattered and worn book may contain the world's greatest mystery. Likewise, not every book with a shiny flyleaf and pretty picture on the front has value. Be wise.