I could start out with a tirade…….my fight against change…..my mental diet abruptly beginning almost hourly…..my sense of defeat with the MKMMA program; but no because in less than 7 seconds I can turn that frustration, that angst and all my excuses for not following through on all the exercises into something to be thankful for. The fact is that along with my resistance and rebellion against this change and formation of new habits, I am experiencing my mind’s own desire to reinvent itself with a new and constructive purpose. I have a stronger voice and where I’m often indecisive for no good reason other than because it’s habit, I am now taking a firmer stance. My limitations have not improved greatly and that’s okay, because my own inherent strengths are growing. This transformation seems much more natural to me. By developing my strengths I am able to subdue my weaknesses.
Little by little, my limitations–my fears, my worries–have begun to recede into the background so that their influence becomes less overpowering. It reminds me of a children’s book I used to read to my son and also to the students I taught called Harry and the Terrible Whatzit.. It’s about a little boy named Harry who is afraid of the monsters in his basement, but decides he must confront them when his mother doesn’t come back upstairs. He decides to vanquish the monsters along with his own fears all at once. After all, aren’t funny monsters so much more enjoyable than scary monsters? Yes, it’s actually that simple. Take a strong feeling, put it to thought and go forth with the action. Harry you’re my hero!
How will my fears, worries and concerns be alleviated? By making them so small and so meaningless that essentially they just don’t matter. That’s a lot to be thankful for this week.