Last week in my Outwitting the Devil classes, we discussed something the devil says about Definiteness of Purpose, which is essential for our success. He says:
“Anyone who submits to annoyance by things he does not want is not definite. He is a drifter.”
(FYI, being a drifter is not a good thing.)
Also last week, I received the following email from Abraham-Hicks:
“It does not matter if the object of your complaint is about someone you are angry with, behavior in others that you believe is wrong, or something wrong with your own physical body. Complaining is complaining, and it disallows improvement.”
This really got me thinking, because I get annoyed more often than I like to admit. I get annoyed by behaviors and people and sometimes even the weather. I get annoyed by things that shouldn’t really bother me. And when I say “shouldn’t,” what I really mean is “I wish didn’t.”
So here’s what I’m doing, which seems to be helping.
It’s a simple five-step process.
Step 1: Get a box with a lid.
Step 2: Write the annoying thing on a piece of paper.
Step 3: Put the paper in the box.
Step 4: Put the lid on the box.
Step 5: The next time that person or behavior bothers you, remind yourself that it’s “in the box” and read the lid again.
And here’s what the lid says:
So far, so good!
I’d love to hear your suggestions.
What do you do when you feel annoyed?
For the past two weeks I’ve been having a lot of fun playing with an idea I got from Pam Grout’s newest book “E-Cubed~Nine More Energy Experiments that Prove Manifesting Magic and Miracles is Your Full-time Gig.” Grout has a practice of getting up every morning and proclaiming the following: Continue reading
If there is one thing that seems to hold people back from going for something they truly want, it’s a little word called HOW. Many people are hesitant to set a goal, because they don’t see a way HOW it could happen. And we have been conditioned to believe that we need to know how, before we embark on something new. Well, I’m here to tell you “No, we don’t.” Continue reading
Since my usual driver (aka my BFF) was unavailable, I arranged for a car to take me to the airport. As I was walking to the car, the driver said “What time is your flight, cuz we’re gonna hit a LOT of traffic! All week long…TONS of construction on Route 78… it’s horrible!…yesterday it took us an hour and 45 minutes! (should take 30) You better PRAY your flight is delayed!” Continue reading
This week I started reading The Power, the follow-up book to The Secret, written by Rhonda Byrne. This section, from early in the book, really got me (and has kept me) thinking:
“How do you know whether your thoughts are positive or negative? Your thoughts are positive when they are thoughts of what you want and love! And negative thoughts are thoughts of what you don’t want and don’t love. It’s that simple and that easy.”
Not sure if I agree with the easy part, but it certainly is simple. And, up until I read this next part, I saw myself high on the list of positive thinkers I know.
“When you talk about any difficulties with money, a relationship, an illness, or even that the profits of your business are down, you are not talking about what you love.“
When I read that, I began to think “Hold on there, Miss Think-You’re-So-Positive! When is the last time you loved the new carpet you want to install in your living room? Are you loving the house at the beach you’d like to buy? And I’m pretty sure I haven’t heard you utter one, single word about loving those wrinkles on your face!”
Hmmmmmmm…. Maybe I’m not as positive as I thought I was. Maybe I am spending more time than I realized thinking and talking about what I don’t love. Or talking about what I will love once I have it, without actually loving it now. Maybe I need to finish reading this book.
And maybe (and by “maybe” I mean “definitely!”) you can help me by sharing your thoughts. When you have a problem, do you think about loving the solution, or do you spend too long not loving the difficulty?