“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”
– Wayne Dyer
There are times in life when the Universe has to slam us over the head before we take action. Whether it is being in an unhappy relationship or work situation, struggling with an addiction or simply moving forward in our lives, many times we need to completely miserable before we wake up and do things differently. It’s called growth, and while it isn’t always easy, it sure beats staying stuck. Ultimately, I think we all can agree that growth is good and often leads to wonderful. That said, here is my take on the opportunity I see in the political upheaval we are now experiencing:
It is a great time to assess what really makes you unhappy in the outer world and see where it plays out in your personal world. Then, do something about it.
Think of it as Spring Cleaning for Your Soul. This doesn’t mean ending your relationship tomorrow, quitting your job, or joining the Peace Corps – it does mean that challenge is always a unique opportunity to assess the situation, clean out your proverbial closet and open to any resulting blessings-in-disguise.
For me, making peace with politics means embracing a country “waking up” – taking charge and raising their voices. Paying attention and rallying together, for the first time in a long time; maybe ever. Complacency is out the window, and change is in the air. These times may be the greatest opportunity to truly understand what is most important to you and, explore how these opposing values may exist in your personal everyday world. Then, change
them. If you are unhappy with our government, dive into the specific reasons why, and see where else these dynamics may exist in your own life. Is there any area where you feel like you are not being heard, you can’t express yourself freely or you aren’t treated with respect? With your children? Your partner? Your boss?
Now, take it even deeper: Is there anywhere in your life where you might not be listening or showing respect for someone else's feelings?
It isn't always fun waking up to where the outer world negativity is mirrored in your own life, but there isn’t much to lose by looking. And, there is everything to lose by staying asleep.
Yours in Embracing the Good,