Dear Why Team members,
It may be hard to believe that we do not need anybody, or anything, at any time, or in any place, to be fully at peace and in joyful appreciation for what is, in any given moment. Beware the labels of good or bad or should this or should that. Choose thoughts that love and lift. Be patient with the thoughts and behaviors of others, especially those that are contrary to your own internal rules. Your personal rule book guides your life, while it may assist others in theirs, try to respect that ultimately others have their own path to walk. Do not press upon the life of another the rules you press upon yourself. Don't push, lead. Lead by example. Be quick to expel non-loving, non-accepting thoughts as though they were a thief in your house. When joy has been stolen from you, know that it is always an inside job. No one can take from you what you can produce for yourself via the power of your thoughts. "Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom" - Viktor Frankl (Auschwitz Survivor)
If the action of another causes you pain, explore the THOUGHT that is causing you pain - and how you may have made your joy dependent upon another. Your thoughts are...
... your choice. Ask the question why. Why do I think this thought that bothers me? Especially when the thought removes your peace, removes your joy. Ask how would you feel without the thought? Ask, "Why do I continue to think this thought?" Consider the loving quality of behavior born from love and acceptance of self, no matter where one finds them-self. See your struggles as the necessary path for personal growth and for developing an authentic empathy for others.
Being glad and thankful in all things can seem absurd, but when we see how adversity grows us - should we not be thankful for it?! Again, if you feel your joy has been stolen, never forget that it is always an inside job. It is you that is believing your thoughts. No one can make you think anything. Don't allow thoughts such as scarcity to invade your life. It is you who has allowed painful thoughts to persist. If you feel unable to choose different thoughts, then seek assistance, I did, and it changed my life, you could even say it saved my life. Plus I found that recognizing my own abundance seems to have been a necessary element to being a greater source of abundance. And while I have spent the better part of my life seeking, observing, questioning - just recently I came to know of a woman who's work, called THE WORK, is providing a tool for inquiry that is absolute Rocket Fuel. Her name is Byron Katie and her book is titled "Loving What Is" (Here is a link to a booklet she provides that is the the essence of "The Work.")
She is a true transformational leader. As you know, when we become more, we become more for ourselves and for others. Since our lives are the sum total of our thoughts, learning to question our thoughts is a must if we are to gain more understanding of ourselves and others. I cannot recommend this book enough. I have seen her work in action, often miraculous results in moments - simple steps anyone can follow - please check her out and start using THE WORK to elevate your thoughts, which you know of course will elevate your life. Expel the thief within your mind that steals your joy, keeping you from being the leader others need most. You have the power within you, to think differently, to believe differently and to become even more of what the world needs now.
Make it a great week,