Thursday, July 07, 2005


What are problems, but events we judge?
What are dilemmas, but concerns about which we have conflict?
What are troubles, but those things over which we worry?
What are arguments, but those areas in which we need to win over others?
What are tragedies, but those experiences in which we see suffering and not the blessing?

Have you yet perceived that your viewpoint creates your experience?
Recently I had an opportunity to worry.
This is not a usual use of my thoughts and emotions, so I was worried about worrying.
I used my change or unusual behavior to wake me up to stop, look and listen within.
I noticed that the quality of my life diminished with the worrying.
I observed that I enjoyed life only when I suspended the worries.
I realized that my happy and trusting experience of my whole life was blanketed with grey.
I acknowledged that I could choose another way, a happier way.

More importantly, I was willing to admit that worrying greatly diminished my capacity to change.
Worrying itself interfered with creative thinking and problem-solving.
Worrying clouded my vision, sapped my faith, depleted my determination and slowed my action.
Worrying seemed to circle back on itself, ever generating more to worry about.
Worrying itself was a loop of endless thinking, judging, analyzing, internal agitation.
Worrying seemed to be a form of mental self stimulation.
Worrying seems to be sticky and addictive.

It appears that many serious adults have the habit of endless worrying.
They value worrying as a form of commitment to right outcome
They often justify their behavior by seeing it as loving and caring.
I have learned through my experiment that it goes nowhere and accomplishes little.

What I prefer is to do what I can do now and let the rest go.
I prefer to extend trust and peace into my world and allow for a moment of creative silence.
I prefer to believe in the intrinsic karmic fairness of our universal learning school.
I prefer to see life as righting itself, doing my part and enjoying the learning experience.
I prefer love over fear, forgiveness over judgment, happiness over worry and peace over conflict.
I prefer to seek solutions and practice living in the most effective way I know.
I prefer playing my part with gratitude, respect and open-mindedness.
I prefer forgiving myself, loving all and seeking the blessing within what is.

I know where I place my attention and intention, therein lies the treasure, blessing and optimum result.
Betty Lue