Everybody has issues (part 1)
[Definition of is·sue…n. A personal problem or misgiving]
No matter what your station in life, you likely have things you would love to adjust, change or get rid of altogether. It doesn’t matter what you do for a living, where you were raised, what your color is or anything else, we are always looking to improve.
The good news is – you are not alone and your particular situation or challenge is not unique. On occasion, you may look at others that seem more successful, have more money, live in better neighborhood, have a better job, whatever – one thing for sure, they all have issues.
Sometimes, people look at world leaders, celebrities or even their spiritual leaders and think they are perfect. No worries, no challenges, no disappointments. That just simply is not true. Some people are better at the smoke and mirrors game of hiding what they are facing, but we are all facing something.
My wife Muriel is an amazing trainer. As a matter of fact, that is what she does for a living. One of her gifts is designing instructional programs to help people with tangible and intangible life skills. One of the most popular sessions she designed is an attitude adjustment seminar that has helped many people address how they think about what they think about called, “Promotion from Within.” The simple, yet powerful concept is that the change we want in our lives is first an inside job. Thus, the title – our promotion in life begins within. If, in fact, we all have issues, then we are all on the same plateau. The challenge then is what do we do with those “issues,“ right?
As my wife so wonderfully puts it, “it’s not always what happens to you, but how you respond to what happens to you.” I’m not talking about some positive thinking mumbo jumbo here, I’m talking about turning your attitude about your particular challenge, adding the prerequisite of prayer and meditation, adding faith and action and doing something (take action). It is vital to have faith, but you also have to take a corresponding action or faith step. “Have faith…then do something!”
Let’s take an example of someone (maybe it’s you) who wasn’t raised around the most positive and supportive environment. As a matter of fact, let’s just say that your childhood was just downright horrible. Now that you are all “growed up,” does your childhood still dog you? Most parents don’t mean to saddle you with all that garbage, they really don’t. But, sometimes they say things or do things that shape your world, if you let it stick.
Or, maybe you were abused in some way when you were young. The goal here is not to make you feel bad about what happened to you, but to help you to realize that no matter where you come from or what you have been through, it is not something you have to let limit you for the rest of your life. You can get help, change how you think about those events in your life or what was said to you and walk into a new existence.
(Part two of this post available next week.)
In the meantime, do you think there are any perfect people out there? Do you think there is anyone above temptation or challenge?
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