Our past will always project onto our future unless we reflect upon it. When we reflect upon what has happened, that reflection is what keeps our past in the past. It acts as a shield, thus allowing us to move forward without the baggage but carrying only perspective instead. Perspective is lighter than baggage!
Life always moves forward. However, that doesn’t mean that when we fall off our routines that we are unable to restart at any given moment. We don’t have to wait for Mondays or New Year’s Day: Restart when necessary! We can learn from our computers in this example. Sometimes when they aren’t working correctly, a simple reboot fixes the glitches. If artificial intelligence requires this periodically, we’d be foolish to believe we can ignore this step in our lives.
To paraphrase Keats, truth is the only beauty we need to understand in life. We know that the truth is often called ugly more than beautiful because our daily world can seem more awful than good. Challenge yourself today to be an observer of all that is actually happening around you (not to you), and see all the micro-interactions that truly make up a “normal” day. You will see more pleasantness than hatred, more kindness than rudeness, more laughter than tears. The ugly truth is that way because we choose to see it that way, in order to allow our behavior to justify our reactions, which are equally ugly as this perceived truth. The actual truth simply is, and that is simply beautiful.
One’s life and health are irreplaceable. This is the only perspective we truly need to understand in order to make every day count, and to make damn sure we go about each and every day choosing to do good.
Learning from our own failures is a gift. An even greater gift is being able to learn from the failures of others. This is especially true if someone’s failure directly impacts you. This gives you the opportunity to choose to avoid blaming the external party, and looking inward to fortify yourself.
Upon reflection, I realized something about fear. Although fear is not an acronym, I have heard it said before that F.E.A.R. stands for: False Evidence Appearing Real. This does make sense and provides and accurate description of how fear grips our lives. I also noticed how in writing I was able to use fear repeatedly, but had difficulty replacing fear with an simple antonym as a substitute. I ended up using Tranquility, Reason, Intention and Purpose. I noticed that these words, when put together also form an acronym that created a more appropriate replacement for fear: T.R.I.P. (trip).
I used T.R.I.P. almost as a mantra yesterday and found it surprisingly effective.
To revisit yesterday’s post:
If you live in F.E.A.R., your mind lives in F.E.A.R. If your mind lives in F.E.A.R., your thoughts will be rooted in F.E.A.R. If your thoughts are rooted in F.E.A.R., every experience will be colored by F.E.A.R. Now replace F.E.A.R. with T.R.I.P.
If you live in T.R.I.P., your mind lives in T.R.I.P. If your mind lives in T.R.I.P., your thoughts will be rooted in T.R.I.P. If your thoughts are rooted in T.R.I.P., every experience will be colored by T.R.I.P.
It’s nothing mind-blowing, and it doesn’t roll off the tongue, but I found it helped simplify how I pondered some emotional complications.
If you live in fear, your mind lives in fear. If your mind lives in fear, your thoughts will be rooted in fear. If your thoughts are rooted in fear, every experience will be colored by fear. That train of thought follows logic and sadly is a chain of command that is all too common. Now, replace fear with tranquility, intention, reason or purpose and the logic becomes sound.
If you live in tranquility your mind lives in tranquility. If your mind lives in tranquility, your thoughts will be rooted in tranquility. If your thoughts are rooted in tranquility, every experience will be rooted in tranquility.
If you live with reason your mind lives with reason. If your mind lives with reason, your thoughts will be rooted in reason. If your thoughts are rooted in reason, every experience will be rooted in reason.
If you live with intention your mind lives with intention. If your mind lives with intention, your thoughts will be rooted in intention. If your thoughts are rooted in intention, every experience will be rooted in intention.
If you live with purpose your mind lives with purpose. If your mind lives with purpose, your thoughts will be rooted in purpose. If your thoughts are rooted in purpose, every experience will be rooted in purpose.
Finally, if you live in tranquility your mind lives in tranquility. If your mind lives in tranquility, your thoughts will be rooted in reason. If your thoughts are rooted in reason, every experience will be rooted with intention. If every experience is rooted with intention, life has purpose. That’s the chain of command for a better existence. Tranquility, reason, intention and purpose are far superior commanding officers than fear.