Too often we have a hard time seeing today’s blessings because we are wired to look through our past filter. Many of us, in fact I believe most of us, can find bad things that happened to us in the past and we cannot let them go. As long as we are there, we are hooked and our present potential remains dormant. Fortunately, today’s scientific world has found ways for us, with diligent effort, to rewire our brains so that we no longer wander through the dark halls of our minds. Practicing selective thinking, in the now, can slowly change perception.
I am deep into a Bible study which can show us how to begin this process of change. For example, maybe we have trouble remembering why we perceive things the way we do. Here is a lesson. Let’s look at our parents, or main caregivers. Find the worse three things about each of them. Now find the best three things about them. We can go back to our grandparents and do the same thing. When we finish this exercise, look closely at the positives and the negatives. We are looking at ourselves.
We discover raw and hurtful things, and we discover warm and wonderful things. That is the new map of our life. Now, direction cannot change overnight, nor can it change in the past or the future. Now is our new beginning. How do we do that? Look for the good in everything – and I mean everything – from brushing our teeth to smiling at the grocery clerk. Science says when we smile, we change certain chemicals and feel better. Try it.
I have found in my 69 years, that Jesus meets me wherever I am. He already loves me. That is grace. I want to love like He loves. I want that more than anything. So, my life is one in process. I change the thought if it is negative. And because I do that, I believe it is the second thought that counts. I meditate daily and get stronger with positive feelings.
That is my hope and prayer for all of us. Oh, and we should tell our Creator how much we love and glorify Him, and what we are grateful for because He made us for His glory. I saw literally thousands of white butterflies the other day. Nobody can tell me that God wasn’t right there in the middle of them. I smiled and laughed, and thanked God. I love white butterflies.