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One belief…

Tonight I am joining Reena’s Exploration Challenge Week 7.
And it is a challenge!
Reena asks that we,

Take any one belief of yours that has ruled your life,
and examine it from the following aspects.

Then answer Byron Katies Four Questions.

So here goes!

The belief that has ruled my life for the last forty years is that
there is God and He is the architect of my life.
He designed me and the plan for my life. 

  1. Is it true?
    Yes, I believe it is true.
  2.  Can you absolutely know that it is true?
     In my heart, I believe it is absolutely true but in my mind, I sometimes wonder. I think this is part of being human and a work in progress.
  3.  How do you react, what happens, when you believe that thought?
     When life is going along at a steady pace and without major mishaps or problems I am thankful but give little thought to what I believe to be true.  Those times when life is not so easy when it is difficult and uncomfortable I find myself turning to the source of my belief and I become calm.  I can move from the center of the difficulty or problem to the outside boundary and see it from a larger and more unprejudiced perspective.  I can then think more clearly and honestly without exaggerations and fits of temper or self-centeredness.
  4. Who would you be without that thought?
     I would be an anxiety-ridden, angry, self-pitying, self-centered, very sad woman.  I can state this without hesitation because I didn’t always believe there was a plan for me and I was that miserable unhappy woman.

So there you have it!
Thanks, Reena, this was a great challenge.

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In Other Words (Quotes) · someone said · Uncategorized

Another belief…

In Other Words

“Another belief of mine:
that everyone else my age is an adult,
whereas I am in disguise.”
Margaret Atwood

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frankly · Monday · observations · Tossing It Out A to Z Challenge · Uncategorized

Monday, opinions and those who have them…

Paris - Musée Rodin: The Thinker

Image by wallyg via Flickr

Everybody has opinions.  I certainly have my share, maybe more than my share, I have opinions about almost everything. Even if I haven’t a clue what I am talking about I will probably have an opinion.  But I don’t think I am opinionated.  If someone asks me what I think about something I will tell them, give my opinion.  They can agree or not, same as I can agree with them…or not.

I like to hear the opinions of others.  I can get to know someone better when I hear what they think about things, big and small, important and inconsequential.  The thoughts of others will make me ponder my thoughts and beliefs and opinions.  Sometimes their opinion will change mine or at least make me consider what I think about things and why.  Often, after hearing another opinion and thinking about it I will feel more confident in what I think.

However, some people are opinionated and, in my opinion, they are a pain in the butt.  These folks will not let something go.  They will not just state an opinion but will beat you up the side of the head with it until you agree with them.  Occasionally, when this happens, and I am not proud of this, I become just like them!  Yep, I become a pain in the butt.  In my opinion this doesn’t happen too often,  but you would have to ask someone else about it, I may be somewhat biased.

But then again, in my opinion I am rarely, if ever, wrong so don’t bother asking anyone about it.