“Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — speak only of those things.” Philippians 4:8
I was thinking about the voice in my head this morning. There is a lot of worry, doubt, fear and concern operating up there right now. I have recently made a bold and courageous commitment in my life and the path I am following relating to those moves have some big hurdles up ahead. Instead of focusing on the opportunity and the wonderful promise associated with the long-term outcome of this decision, I woke up focusing on the short-term threats to progress.
I learned from my I-Ching work last summer when I allow adverse emotions — fear, doubt, worry — to invade my mind it blocks my ability to receive and enjoy the gifts and opportunities before me. That is why this verse is particularly poignant. Instead of owning my concerns, I must speak of the opportunity in this commitment and draw upon the positive outcomes from this courageous action. For it is through these affirming and supportive behaviors will I maintain my path, stay focused on the opportunity at hand, and fulfill the destiny of the commitment.
Whatever you are dealing with that is causing you stress, change the conversation. Speak of the things you love, that you enjoy, that you appreciate. Let those conversations be the focus of your mind and your emotion. I firmly believe that this is how we stay on course our lives and avoid the pitfalls that our adverse emotions draw so much attention toward.
Speak boldly of the powerful, positive aspects of your life that you love and you will find your way past all the other junk that distracts and interrupts progress.