Daily Archives: December 17, 2015

The Gift of Change

I heard a woman talking recently about her frustration with politics: “We’ve tried so hard, and nothing ever seems to change!” I thought she must be joking.

“Uh, no, we haven’t. How many of us even vote?” I asked her. “And if we do, what does that mean – we go to the voting booth every two or four years? Where do we get off thinking that we’ve tried so hard?” Are we thinking we made some supreme and noble effort to change the world, and it didn’t work? We’ve been trained by thirty-minute sitcoms that if we don’t get what we want in half and hour, it’s like, uh-oh, we tried but failed. Too bad. It’s over. Next.

The Gift of Change, Marianne Williamson

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With the slightest willingness, you will receive change. Today you have two choices where forgiveness is concerned. One, continue to be angry and miserable, or two, forgive, let go and be happy. Forgiveness leads to joy and peace of mind. The joy may come right away as an overwhelming feeling of relief or a moment of compassion and genuine love. – Add More Ing to Your Life, Gabrielle Bernstein

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Unhealed feelings from the past block you from authentic happiness. On top of that, as new painful feelings crop up, your brain continues its old habit of repressing them. It becomes a vicious cycle: since you’ve never allowed yourself to actually deal with painful feelings, you haven’t  developed the skills to do so. You’re living your life always burying your negative feelings. As a result, you go through your life talking, thinking and doing over the pain. Meanwhile, swelling deep underneath is a negative voice in your head taunting you with the words, “I’m not good enough.” Before long, the nagging voice manages to plant this thought, and it takes root as an actual belief that you are not good enough. – Add more Ing to Your Life, Gabrielle Bernstein