Monday, December 11, 2006

Appreciation, Part I

This week I woke up in the middle of the night and as my eyes opened a voice my head said “May you live forever in the high, fast, energy of appreciation.” It was the kind of experience you don’t forget and the kind of advice you are inclined to follow. In the ensuing days I have been an enthusiastic appreciator. What I have found is that appreciation is very fun and the people around you tend to join in.

Marianne Williamson wrote “The world we see is a reflection of the people we have become.” What we are seeing tells us more about ourselves than about our situation. Like someone climbing a mountain the view changes as you get higher. To make this concept helpful we need only take responsibility for our point of view. What we are seeing is not “how it is” what we are seeing is what we are choosing to see.

Try it out for yourself. How does it feel to ruminate on the utter lameness of another human being or situation? How does it feel to doubt your ability to be, do, or have something that you want? Can you turn that around? Can you move up the mountain a little and see the world differently? How does that feel and what happens to your world?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOVE THIS...and I am happy to see that it is "PART 1", so I will look for PART 2.

I truly experienced this over the past year and more recently in the last few months.

Your heart can change which does change how you see things. And, in the Biblical tradition, there is always an effort to help us see from a different perspective....

When you can make the shift, so much opens up. I encourage EVERYONE to put a great deal of effort into will take away fear and open up possibility....

Go for it.....

11:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I want to go for it. But, fear has been such a large part of my life. I thought I was better when I learned to go on with the fear. At least I no longer let it (fear) stop me. I tell myself "its okay to be frightened, it is not okay to let it stop me"

2:52 PM  

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