June 16

Today's quotation:

Stop the mindless wishing that things would be different.
Rather than wasting time and emotional and spiritual
energy in explaining why we don't have what we want,
we can start to pursue other ways to get it.

Greg Anderson

Today's Meditation:

Wishing doesn't change much of anything, does it?  Sometimes we can take wishing to a new level and help it to become something more, but it really doesn't ever do us any good to just wish that things were different.  If we truly want things to be different, then it's necessary for us to use the energy that we've been given to change our behaviors, for if we continue to do the same old things, guess what?  The things around us--those things that are brought about by the same old behaviors--won't change at all.

We have a lot of energy.  We expend a lot of energy every day, yet usually we use it in doing the same tasks all the time.  We fall into habits (ruts?) and allow ourselves to work very much like machines--performing the same tasks in the same ways each day.

But don't we have a choice in how we act?  Sometimes we can look at what we're doing and say yes, I'm doing fine and I like what I'm doing, but if there are many unfulfilled wants and needs in our lives, then it's very obvious that some sort of change in our behavior is necessary.  Our unfulfilled wants are telling us that we should make some changes if we want our life circumstances to change.

It really is up to us.  It really is our decision to make changes or not, to continue to do things that same way or not.  And if we do have unfulfilled wants, then it's up to us to make the decision to use our energies in ways that can help us to fulfill those wants.  Wishing won't do it.  Changing the way we act and think is the only way that we can bring about change in our lives.

Questions to consider:

What kinds of unfulfilled wants do you have.  Will your current uses of your energies in what you do or think bring about fulfillment of them?

Why do most of us spend so much time wishing things were different?

What does Greg mean when he says "wasting time and emotional and spiritual energy"?

For further thought:

Dreaming has its place; inspiration is invaluable; but life is action as well as thought.  They get farthest in the realm of character-building who link up thought and action, who do not merely dream, but act upon their noblest imaginings.

R.W. Wilde

  

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