Hidden Strength & Gratitude
The events of this last week have been unwanted without doubt but as I’ve written previously about what a difference the right attitude can make to the impact these inevitable events have on our lives I wanted to explore a bit more and try to understand what it is that’s going on here.
The way we treat these events is not just a case of forcing the mind to think and act positively but rather nearer to something waking up inside us that we didn’t really know was there, something that was hidden inside with the capacity to boost our mental and physical abilities. I suppose it’s not unlike the stories you hear about ordinary folks lifting a car off its wheels to free a trapped child or something. It’s a trigger that instantly removes all negativity and previously entrenched beliefs and makes anything possible.
For nearly a week now I’ve been working at a pace that I simply couldn’t have sustained previously why is that? Well there are deadlines to be met for sure but aren’t there always? I need to earn a living, I need to pack everything ready for moving house on Sunday, I have a hundred things on my task list. Some of these things are exceptional but even when there was important work to be done before I still managed to procrastinate, so what’s different?
Why is it that altough I’m tired I don’t stop to think about it I just plough on with the next thing on the list. If I sit down for a minute and start to drift I instantly snap out of it, start moving again and get working. Previously I’d probably have nodded off!
Personally I think that it’s to a great extent due to being forced to face up to the fact that being able to work hard, eat well, make choices can’t be taken for granted. As I’ve seen this week things can be turned upside down in just a few days and it could happen to any of us at anytime. That thought instills a greater sense of urgency to the work, a greater desire not to waste precious time, a greater need to ‘ship’.
I’m not suggesting we should dwell on the fact, that would be damaging, but equally it’s something that should perhaps be remembered first thing in the morning or last thing at night because we can then give thanks that we are free to choose, free to work, able to make things happen. I’m certainly going to make sure I never forget it because then I can’t fail to try and make the most of every day.