“For things to reveal themselves to us, we need to be ready to abandon our views about them.”
~Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese Buddhist monk
Thich Nhat Hanh’s perspective offered me an opportunity to look at myself and what I believe. I found myself judging some people in powerful positions and then wondering why they seem to resist making changes that many people feel good about. I found myself seeking to understand more and realized that fear may play a big role. Why? In my experience and working with clients many people find change is challenging when they are comfortable with the way things are or they want to please someone.
In the case of someone in a powerful role they might perceive a loss of power and support from donors if they change. It’s a choice, isn’t it? In everyday life we are presented so many opportunities to make changes in how we live, evaluate our priorities and values don’t we? Have you ever wanted to make a change in your life and wondered, “What will people think of me if I change or who will I become?” Fear can present itself big time. Often, self-doubt and judgment show up too! Maybe you hear that inner voice that tells you all the reasons why it won’t work! Take a deep breath when you do and remember that it never tells you the truth!
Dr. Steve Maraboli, Author and Behavioral Scientist, reminds us that “We all make mistakes, have struggles, and even regret things in our past. But you are not your mistakes, you are not your struggles and you are here NOW with the power to shape your day and your future.” We have the power to choose to change our lives. We have the power to choose to love, accept ourselves, become more intimate in relationships, speak our truth, make conscious choices; feel valued, seen, and appreciated. This comes from knowing our worth. Although many still seek validation from others we have the power to know the truth about ourselves. That’s what this journey of remembering and self-awareness is about. We don’t have to fear losing anything when we value ourselves enough!
The Greek philosopher, Socrates, reminds us that “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” Ultimately, the choice to change or not is up to each one of us. How beautiful it is. We are powerful beings and we can choose not to let the illusion of power influence us. Are you ready to open up to new possibilities?
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