Unseen Influences

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Have you ever awakened in the morning feeling emotionally funky and you don’t know why? You didn’t party the night before and drink too much, you didn’t go to bed after an argument with your spouse, no nightmares, you aren’t physically sick, it’s a beautiful sunny day, but you just feel like being grumpy.

The next step is your mind starts to troll for something to hang your emotional funk on, and usually it will find something, anything. The dog is old, your neighbor painted his house NAPA blue, you are 2000 miles overdue for an oil change on the car . . . something. Maybe nothing of substance, but that doesn’t necessarily matter to the mind. It just needs something to chew on.

We all have the occasional morning like this. Realistically, we can’t expect every day to start with the mental equivalent of a luxurious limo service Kitchener can give us on the road to an awesome day. I’ve concluded it’s just fallout from being human, or heaving dead cats.

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Acceptance and Awareness

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What I’ve come to realize is that acceptance won’t come until you are ready. No matter what it is, you literally cannot see it, hear it or even imagine it until you are ready. This is a lesson I personally learned after a lifetime of wearing blinders that I didn’t even know I had on. I couldn’t entertain the thought of a higher power, especially when labeled with the “G” word. Come on folks get a grip and stop deluding yourself with fairy tales of magical beings who keep our breath flowing and our hearts beating. My opinion; get real.

We often find ourselves acting as catering companies would do to serve old beliefs, but most of this is simply out of habit. Life is complex enough as it is without stirring a pot that creates an entirely different recipe. So avoidance is big. For me, however, when the time came, it took more effort to avoid what I was ready for than it did to hang on to old belief patterns. It was like stepping out of a tight shoe when I realized I didn’t have to defend a position that never quite fit my philosophical size.

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