“It’s not our job to play judge and jury, to determine who is worthy of our kindness and who is not. We just need to be kind, unconditionally and without ulterior motive, even – or rather, especially – when we’d prefer not to be.”–Josh Radnor
Left to its own devices, the human mind is quick to jump to conclusions, leap towards fear and cower in the face of possibilities. That’s why I’ve made “training my mind” priority numero uno. On a daily basis, I instruct it to look for beauty. Encourage it to seek out the bigger picture, to focus on the love and the seemingly impossible.
Yes, it’s an incorrigible slacker. Keeps returning to familiar old ruts. Keeps listening to the spin doctor that looks at the world as a potentially scary place. Insists on focusing on the “information” from my five senses, from the news media, from the default setting that says, “Be careful. Worry. Don’t even think about learning to trust.”
So I just keep getting back up in the saddle, directing my mind to focus on what I know to be Truth. That everybody in the world really loves each other and that kindness is always the answer.
I’m often asked, “How is that even possible?” when the “what you see” looms so large in your mind.
And all I can say is it’s the same as the answer to the old joke, “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?”
Practice, practice, practice.
So, quit talking about the “world as it seems” and start practicing the way you’d like it to be.
Pam Grout is the author of 17 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and its equally-scintillating sequel, E-Cubed, 9 More Experiments that Prove Mirth, Magic and Merriment is your Full-time Gig.
Thank You for that reminder!
So appreciate your posts; even more so in the last week. They help me “get back into the saddle” and keep practicing. Here’s to the love and kindness that lives in all of us!
I really like the blog for today! I definitely identify with it. I resonated with the phrase “get back in the saddle!” Thank you for sharing.
Love your stuff, girl. So glad we found each other.
Such a great reminder and, as always, thank you for your inspiration.
Was missing your imput in my life. Here you are delivered by the God! Thanks for being the light you are. Blessings, Gary
spot on Pam. It feels sooo good!
I love her writing. 🙂
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Love the Josh Radnor quote, Pam! This post has me thinking…
Amen, we have to be the change in the world we want to see!
Reblogged this on 10 Minutes Past Coffee and commented:
Couldn’t agree more! Turn off the cable news, stop reading the salacious and oft times untrue reports on the internet; go outside, play, make having fun your number one priority.
It is about practice, no? How easy it would be to wave that magic wand and my mind focus on goodness and joy all the time. The key is, as you say, “So, quit talking about the “world as it seems” and start practicing the way you’d like it to be.”