“Be not afraid of Life. Believe that Life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.” (William James, the father of modern psychology)
We have a great deal of power in choosing what course our lives will take. Oh, no, none of us “chose” to have a chronic illness. I reject that notion entirely; but each of us has been given a set of circumstances in life over which we have some control. We each decide what we will do with the parameters of life in which we operate. Everyone needs to take a fresh look at their lives, occasionally.
The question is, “What course do you want to set for your life?” Your answer to that question will determine much of the direction in which your life goes, your level of satisfaction in life, and your legacy.
It is as simple as taking time to meditate on your life, and understanding who and what you want to be. (Higher Power will guide that process.) Write down in some detail your thoughts on what you want you and your life to look like; then decide on some steps you are going to take daily to get to that point.
Monitor your thinking. If you don’t like what you are feeling emotionally, or if you believe that your life is going off course, discover the thought that is feeding that condition, and change it to a more empowering thought. Your relationship with your Higher Power, and your thoughts will set the course for your life.
It is also important to remember that you choose what you worship in life (your higher power). Humans have a strong drive to worship. That is why many people idolize a celebrity, an athlete, a politician, or a historical figure. That is also why many people hold money or power in such high importance in their lives. We have an instinct to search for that higher power in life that can guide our lives in the right direction. Choose something that truly has power, and won’t end up betraying you.
Believe in yourself, believe in your life, believe that Higher Power is guiding you and empowering you. Your belief will help create the fact.
Christopher Knippers, Ph.D. December 28, 20016