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Pause for Thought
From Father Brian D’Arcy, a Catholic Passionist priest:
In Ireland “putting an upstart back in their box” is almost a national sport. Whether it’s sportspeople, musicians, writers… Perhaps it’s the same here.
I don’t like it.
Life is hard enough without those cruel, belittling, negative asides. For myself, I don’t need others to put me down, because a still small voice within my own head does that for me.
A good question to ask is: Does your inner voice fill you with positive energy or is it just another subconscious toxic destroyer?
The Bible insists that we reap what we sow; if I plant weeds, I’ll get weeds; if I plant good seeds I’ll have a good harvest. Likewise the inner voice plants good thoughts and bad.
I’m told we can have 50,000 thoughts a day. That’s impressive. But they remain a jumbled mess, unless I pick the best of them. I can either choose positive, uplifting thoughts, or negative demeaning thoughts. It’s up to me. That inner voice is either my best friend or my worst enemy.
And here’s the point: if I’ve no enemy on the inside, the enemy on the outside doesn’t matter. Sports coaches say that it’s not aptitude that matters most, it’s attitude.
In spiritual direction we put it differently. We say “The you you see is the you you’ll be.”
Worry is another sign of negativity. Worry is like spending your life working a rocking chair – you expend mighty energy going nowhere.
For lasting inner peace, don’t download those fears and anxieties which cripple you. Download instead thoughts and plans that help you to live a fulfilled life. Control the controllables and enjoy the results.
The greatest boxer of all time, Muhammad Ali, overcame the crippling negativity of his upbringing with the mantra “I am the Greatest”. He repeated it over and over to himself and to anyone who’d listen until he believed it. That’s how he became the greatest. Change happens from the inside out.
In God’s eyes I am the greatest and so are you. I believe that totally. “Cast all your worries on the Lord because he’ll take care of you” (1Peter 5:7)