Imagine the future, I dare you to look the future right in the face. Imagine yourself 10 years from now….try to imagine. Pretend you are gazing into a mirror, what do you see?
Are you pleased or petrified? Does the future you envision make you feel happy and secure or does your future vision scare the wits out of you? Just being a rational person in this crazy world is enough to scare the toughest of us. There is no shame in fear. Most of us do fear the unknown and the future is jam-packed full of the unknown. While we have no control over future events, we have power over how we deal with them. We have control over ourselves, more than some people believe.
What it takes is belief and the rest is easy.
I call it Magical Thinking and it is powerful.
It has changed me personally, profoundly. Where once I walked in darkness, I now sing proudly in the light. I have found magic in this simple thing, this simple belief.
But it is more than a belief, it is much more. It is a way of looking at the world. It gives you control over your own destiny because you have that control. The key is to conquer yourself. That, I believe is the hardest thing anyone can do.
I have spent much of my life in the shadows; shy, withdrawn, silent and lonely. My self-esteem hit rock bottom and my only solace lie in the cold unforgiving brown glass of a beer bottle. I had a dark night of the soul, well… quite a number of them. I looked at myself objectively for the first time and I couldn’t stand the sight of me. How had I fallen so low? More importantly, how do I crawl my way out? I had all the reason in the world because by then I had 2 small kids and they needed me.
I needed to be strong for them. For the first time in my life I had to be strong for someone else even when I couldn’t be strong for myself. I had no one to help me and so I began to help myself.
I started slow. I started to tell myself good things about me, even when I had to make things up. I would set up little challenges for myself and then I would literally pat me on the back for a job well done. I consumed the knowledge of a growing pile of books. I filled in some gaps and smoothed out my rough edges.
You are stronger than you think.
I convinced myself of my self-worth and I started to actually like me for the first time ever. The magical thinking continued. I finally quit a twenty year drinking habit. I became more confident and more capable all the while telling myself “Yes, you can.” The more and more I believed the stronger I became.
I started to meditate and through visualization I found that I had more control over my life than I ever thought possible. I found that often in life you get what you expect and positive thinking can go a long way. It is we who shape our future by what we are today. We are all connected and we influence each other enormously. A kind word or deed may come back to you in ways you’d never imagine.
It is magic and it is ready for the taking. All you need to do is believe. The more you practice it, the easier it gets and the more effective it becomes.
I believe that words can hold magic, the following words are a perfect example…..
“Your beliefs become your thoughts
Your thoughts become your words
Your words become your actions
Your actions become your habits
Your habits become your values
Your values become your destiny.”
Mahatma Gandhi *******************
Have a magical day! Strawberryindigo.
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