Love is what we were born with. Fear is what we learned here.
~ Marianne Williamson
If I were to ask you if you live your life in love or fear, what would your answer be? In your day-to-day life, what do you base your actions, your decisions on? Love or fear? Everything comes from love or fear, everything!
There is a countless number of feelings and emotions under the “umbrella” of love. The “feel good” feelings of joy, peace, optimism, trust, happiness, passion, excitement, etc. all are a form of love. They lift you up. They contribute to you feeling better about yourself and life in general.
There are many “not so good” feelings and emotions that fall under the “umbrella” of fear. Anger, sadness, anxiety, disappointment, control, frustration, negativity, etc. are all a form of fear. These are the heavy emotions and feelings. If you stay in the energy of fear, you tend to not feel so good about your life and your world.
It is a conscious choice in every moment how you perceive something and how you allow it to make you feel. You can look for the “good” in something and focus on that. Or, you can see only the “bad” in the same thing and focus on that aspect of it. Your choice.
What do you choose to allow into your life?
Some of you reading this probably are wondering if I am crazy when I asked the last question. In your mind, you don’t “allow” the negative things to happen to you. You may feel they are done “to” you.
It is common to play the “blame game” with everything and everyone in your life. We all have done it, including myself when I was younger. I didn’t realize that I was responsible for how I perceived something. Now I realize I am the only one who can experience something and decide the outcome of that experience for myself.
I bet you know someone who has had what you would consider a horrifying experience and they were able to find the blessings in that experience. Not always easy to focus on the good in such an experience. When you have something very personal happen in your life, would you rather look at the experience with love or fear?
Knowing what you know about the “feel good” feelings of love, wouldn’t you rather live your life with those feelings and emotions? Can you understand that regardless of what has happened, you will feel better when you focus on the good in everything and everyone.
You have a choice . . . feel good or feel bad.
I know it is hard at times to focus on the positive with what is happening in the world around you. Life happens. There are bills to pay, health issues, job responsibilities and the list goes on.
When you are experiencing something that may not be so positive, can you consciously tell yourself that you are going to find the good in what is happening? Or, can you think positive thoughts about the outcome? I can tell you that your life will feel more in the flow and positive when you are able to look for the good in your life.
One other factor that may help you be more positive is the implications for your health and overall well-being. When you have negative thoughts and feelings, your physical, mental and emotional bodies are under great stress. You are setting yourself up for illness. This is a proven scientific fact.
At first it may seem like a lot of work to focus on the good in your life. For some of you, it may take time for you to make this shift in your thinking and understanding. Even if you can change your feelings about one thing a day from fear to love, you are helping yourself tremendously.
Make a commitment to yourself. Look for the good in everyone and everything. Do it for you!
Your life, your choice . . . love or fear!
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