I am happy to report, I have expanded my thinking. I realized I had been holding fast and somewhat ruthlessly to the way I think things ought to be. To the way I want them to be. I’ve been trying to control the circumstances of other people’s lives, using my personal yardstick to measure the rightness or wrongness of the situation.
If we’re honest with ourselves we all do it, don’t we?. We view the world through our personal lens, from our personal preferences. We create problems where there are no problems, just because people aren’t “doing it” the way we think it should be done. It’s true in politics, religion, and in our relationships with our neighbors, friends, parents, children.
A different way, does not mean it’s the wrong way. When I think back over my life I realize I have changed my perspective on different topics several times over the years. Rightness or wrongness can be ever changing, evolving. The world is changing and we must allow it to change. What was right 40 years ago, or even yesterday, might not be right today.
Could it be possible that the angst we feel about certain situations is nothing more than our insistence that things be done in “our way”, the “old way”? Could we be judging the rightness or the wrongness of other people’s actions using our yardstick.
I’m guilty. So…my goal is to take myself off the throne. I no longer want to define someone else’s path as right or wrong….good or bad. I’ll even go a step further and say I don’t want to even have an opinion about their choices.
I want to see each person as God sees them, in their highest good. Years ago my mother told me to see my children not as they were at the time….but how I wanted them to be. Good advice. But what about this? What about if we see everyone as God sees them, full of potential. That’s what I want to do. I’m going to believe that God is shining a light on their path leading them to their fullest potential. I’m going to trust in this light and I’m going to turn my flashlight off and take a nap. All is well. Now start…..ATTRACTING MAGIC.