By Nancy S Buck, PhD, RN
Right now, at this very moment I am standing at a crossroads. As I look in one direction I see doom, peril and potential ruination. In the other direction I see nothing. It’s as if vaseline is over my eyes and I cannot see anything except blurry blobs of ill defined shapes and sizes.
I blame myself for being in this predicament. If I had done a better job of paying closer attention perhaps I could have taken steps to avoid arriving at this particular spot in my life’s journey.
Hold on though. I am not a careless person. Each decision I’ve made along the way was based on doing the best I could at the time with the information that I had. Hmm . . .
I’m discovering that too frequently I blame myself for circumstances, events and outcomes that were not dependent only on my actions or inactions. If blaming is among the deadly habits that contribute to the deterioration and destruction of relationships, how does my blaming myself help me? Hmm . . .
Am I willing to dig a little deeper? Instead of going to self-blame can I better understand my frustration, anger and confusion?
Upon further reflection and some helpful meditative reading I discover that I’m full of fear! If I wasn’t afraid would I be stuck at the crossroads?
Here are some discoveries that have helped me:
FEAR = thinking + time. Decrease either and fear disappears
F.E.A.R. – FORGET EVERYTHING AND RUNor
FORGET EVERYTHING AND RISE
(Thank you Dave Romanelli for this idea
Happy is the new Healthy, 2014)
What if I face my crossroads, my potential peril, doom or ruination with love instead of fear? Now what?
Yes! Yes! Yes! The choice of direction is clear even though the clarity has not eliminated the blurred and unclear road before me. With love as the guiding light and my total behavior of loving in every step I am propelled forward with confidence and competence.
I choose LOVE and with that choice my Mental Health & Happiness improves. Even though the present “bump in the road” felt more like an overwhelming and insurmountable mountain, with each loving step I am able to continue moving forward.
Are there areas in your life where you’re choosing fear instead of love?