Experience is neither good nor bad, but perception makes it so. -Shakespeare
Do we speak things into existence? Do we rule our own destiny? According to Chris Patton, the author of Zen and the Art of Happiness, our perception and reaction to any given situation creates our reality. By viewing a seemingly bad situation as a blessing, one speaks the blessing into existence. Though we may not initially understand the reason things happen, moving forward with a positive attitude will allow positive things to manifest. Our minds are powerful, and when used to their potential, can help us live full, purposeful lives.
Next time you find your strength and patience being challenged, ask yourself if your reaction will prevent things from becoming more negative. We often find ourselves frustrated, our minds cluttered with thoughts and concerns. Recognize your power to change things. Find a quiet place to sit alone, and evaluate the circumstances. Reflect on what you have learned from the experience, and how it may be beneficial to you. It’s okay if you do not reach a resolution at that moment. Just continue to move forward with confidence that the benefit will be revealed.
Dwelling on negative thoughts and experiences allows emotions to surface, clouding our judgment and making it difficult to move forward. Focus on the present moment, evaluate the situation, and decide what steps to take to make improvements.
Our mental programming tells us that situations are “good” or “bad,” and we must reset our thinking, and recognize the power we have to create our reality.