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April 10, 2009
Metaphysically Speaking, of Course

God, give me grace
to accept with serenity
the things that cannot be changed,
courage to change the things
that should be changed,
and the wisdom to distinguish
the one from the other.

Reinhold Niebuhr
































Just consider the simple things... Sometimes time on your hands is not such a good thing. Sometimes, even when you think you have a sound, logical mind, it turns out that you're actually making most of your decisions from a very emotional viewpoint. An emotional viewpoint that has been programmed in a not-so-logical way.

I am chagrined to discover that all these years, I have not been making logical decisions, only emotional ones. I suppose I'm not alone in this. I see people all around me who make decisions that don't make a whole lot of sense... to me. And I say to myself, 'Well, it's clear that that person isn't thinking straight. They're too caught up in the emotion of the moment.' Or 'they have long-standing patterns of thinking that prevent them from thinking logically.' Ah, yes.... we see it so easily in others, but when looking at our own selves, all we see is what we have been programmed to see. And sometimes, all it takes is for one person outside ourselves to point it out. Sometimes all it takes is for just one person to validate what we've been feeling all along, but haven't been able to put into words that our mind can understand. It's like all the floodlights are switched on and we give ourselves the old smack to the forehead: "Now, why didn't I see this before?!"

Why indeed? Feelings are strange creatures. They try desperately to tell us what we need to know. But our mind thinks it knows best. It will continue to override the feelings, sometimes to the point that the feelings want to just give up. A lifetime of this back-and-forth, can leave a mere mortal very confused.

I'm starting to suspect this confusion is very widespread. It may be hard to admit to. Sometimes, the confusion will manifest itself as hard-headed 'certainty'. Certainty of a 'Universal Truth' that we want to shout to the world. When we reach the point of having this kind of 'certainty', that's probably a really good time to re-evaluate. The more sure you are that the Universe has spoken its unrelenting truth to you, the more likely it is that you're living in a dream world. Of your own making? Well, I wouldn't exactly say that.....

Of course, we don't actually cause ourselves this kind of anguish on purpose. I think it's pretty likely that most people actually want to feel good. I think they're all probably doing what they think will make them happy. It's just that all the previous (often conflicting) input gets in the way. If only there were a way to periodically 'reformat the hard drive', I think our minds would probably function a lot more efficiently!

I got my cosmic wakeup call today. Just one person made a passing comment, in a very matter-of-fact way, that made me stop everything and re-evaluate. Made me ask myself: 'Do I want to go on this way? The same old way that I've tried for about a hundred years? The way that, uh, hasn't been working????

It's a very simple concept, a very simple question to ask:
Do I want to keep on doing this????
Very challenging to answer.... very challenging indeed!


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