Sailing WestPosted: February 14, 2014
When things looked really scary, Columbus wrote, “Yesterday we sailed west because it was our course.”
In 1492, Columbus faced danger, disease and starvation on the voyage to the New World. His crew was terrified and maybe he was also frightened. Yet, he never tried to change course or turn back, He had a plan and he followed it despite the obstacles,
There are times when the very best thing you can do is to keep on course, as best you can, despite any apparent difficulty. I’m living that scenario right now as I travel my personal yellow brick road to recovery.
On Thurs, Feb 6, I fell flat onto my tile floor during my walking exercise. I hit my head and broke my wrist in two places. I’m in extra pain and I’m going to be slowed down on exercise. It’s distressing.
Nevermind. I’m doing my best to keep up with my spiritual and physical recovery plan. I can’t do any walking exercise because I need two hands for the walker and my left is in a splint. I’ve substituted some chair walking and marching and more exercises. I’m also looking into a special walker for one-armed people.
I’ve added extra prayer, chair yoga and a visualization meditation since the accident. Rev. Matti’s treatments have provided some delicious pain free hours and I thank God for that.
It’s hard not to be discouraged when you tumble into an obvious setback like my fall, especially if it brings more pain. There have been times when I felt more like my name was Job than Jane.
We always have choices about how to react. At first, I was in pain and unhappy because it hurt a lot and my healing schedule was probably disrupted.
I didn’t feel like being brave or cheerful when it happened so I laid low the first few days.
Discouragement is depressing and depression tempts us to give up. I didn’t really think about giving up but I certainly abandoned positive living for a few days. So – That’s my news from Lake Wobegone.
Then my teaching kicked in and I decided to make a new choice. I would use my fall as an opportunity to teach and I would write about it. I would tell the truth.
What was the truth? What should I say? What were my choices?
Now, the conversational custom is to tell you how difficult and/or scary it was. I could also try to blame slippery floors or others. I could manipulate you and get some, “Oh, you poor dear” sympathy cards out of the event,
I could also shed some inky tears and tell you that God should never have sent this trouble to a good girl like me. Or I could give you a step by step account about exactly how it happened.
I knew that there are always opportunities and options and I knew I had many choices. After some thought, I have decided (one week later) to practice what I teach. And what I teach is using positive thinking to modify personal reality.
So, let’s begin. Let me tell you some of the good news. It was my left wrist and I am right handed. It was a clean fracture and I will not need an operation. The pain is definitely getting better.
I am pleased that I didn’t lose consciousness and, despite the blood, that I wasn’t scared. The cut over my eye made me look like Rocky but I didn’t need stitches. My black eye isn’t black, but a gorgeous purple – just the color of a California sunset.
Best news of all – I started to pray right after I told my helper to call the paramedics. I spoke my truth out loud as the blood spurted onto the floor! While my eye didn’t heal immediately, I was pleased to have evidence of how deeply I have internalized the teaching,
I hope the readers of this blog will benefit from my health-challenged experiences by learning about how to continue to seek a quick recovery. Perhaps they can also learn how to proceed when faced with apparent difficulties, My life project is to teach Science of Mind and I trust this bleep on the road to full recovery will help me do that. I wouldn’t volunteer for the experience but now that it is here, I can use it.
My conviction of the usefulness of this teaching in every aspect of our lives deepens every day. We can use positive thinking and affirmative prayer in all sorts of situations.
Most of us go to Centers for Spiritual Living to learn how to attract the things we desire and we are always hearing stories about successes. The success stories include sticking to your prayers long enough to achieve your goals.
Yes, there are instant healings and ,in theory, they are always instantly possible. But it often takes longer than we wish to attain our dream. Slowness is a common experience although not universal.
When it takes longer than we want to see results, many people give and accept disappointment. Dr. Ernest Holmes tells us we should continue to pray daily until we see what we want appear. Too many people give up too soon.
If you follow your plan, you will eventually achieve your dream and see results. Having to stay the course may not seem desirable in the moment but if you do, it’s worth it.
What’s tragic is giving up too soon. Never give up on your dreams! When you experience a setback or difficulty, do the best you can and keep on keeping on. You deserve the best and your dreams can come true.
Positive thinking and affirmative prayers work. Never doubt it. Of course, from time to time you may have to adjust your plan a bit. This blog is shorter than usual because I’m typing with one hand,
Love and kisses,
Am I thinking of giving up on anything?
What would happen if I doubled down instead?