Friday, August 10, 2007

Yesterday's 'DAILYOM'

i don't usually post these in my blog, but i get them via email everyday. i just thought this one seemed fitting. enjoy! ~ namaste ~

August 9, 2007
Begetting Change
Same Choices, Same Results

Repeated bouts of adversity are an unavoidable aspect
of human existence. We battle against our
inner struggles or outer world forces, and in many
cases, we emerge on the opposite side of struggle
stronger and better equipped to cope with the
challenges yet to come. However, we can
occasionally encounter trials that seem utterly
hopeless. We strike at them with all of our
creativity and perseverance, hoping desperately
to bring about change, only to meet with the
same results as always. Our first instinct in such
situations is often to push harder against the
seemingly immovable obstruction before us,
assuming that this time we will be met with a
different outcome. But staying power and stamina
net us little when the same choices consistently
garner the same results. A change in perspective,
behavior, or response can do so much more to
help us move past points where no amount of
effort seems sufficient to overcome the difficulties
before us.
Whether our intention is to change ourselves or
some element of the world around us, we cannot
simply wish for transformation or hope that our
lives will be altered through circumstance. If our
patterns of thought and behavior remain
unchanged, our lives will continue to unfold much
as they have previously. Patterns in which
fruitless efforts prevail can be overcome with self
examination and courage. It is our bravery that
allows us to question the choices we have made
thus far and to channel our effort into innovation.
Asking questions and making small adjustments to
your thought processes and behaviors will help
you discover what works, so you can leave that
which does not work behind you. To break free
from those unconscious patterns that have long
held sway over your actions and reactions, you
will likely have to challenge your assumptions on a
most basic level. You must accept once and for all
that your beliefs with regard to cause and effect
may no longer be in accordance with your needs.

Stagnation is often a sign that great changes are
on the horizon. Courting the change you wish to
see in yourself and in the world around you is a
matter of acknowledging that only change begets
change. The results you so ardently want to
realize are well within the realm of possibility, and
you need only step away from the well-worn
circular path to explore the untried paths that lie
beyond it.


Robert said...

Beautiful post!
Glad I found you.
Thanks for sharing.

Oceanshaman said...

Nice post . . .

Two thoughts come to mind . . .

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results . . .

Life doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme (Mark Twain) . . .

I guess the trick is to see the rhyme and slowly change, incrementally, day by day, in an attempt to make some new music . . .