When my dad’s eyesight started to deteriorate, he would use a magnifying glass when reading the Sunday newspaper (much his children’s entertainment).
He would scan the newspaper by reading the big bold headings, then use the magnifying glass to enlarge the words of his chosen article. He was engrossed in the articles he read – with a “shush” every now and then to remind us he is trying to read the newspaper, he would make sure his focus was on the words he read. Soon he uttered his thought s out loud, not to engage with anyone on the topic, it was just his way of processing what he read. In that moment, his reality was impacted by what he read, whether it was good, bad, unsettling, reassuring or interesting.
I am sure you would agree, the words “our world is broken” seem to be apt for the time we live in at the moment. With that said, there are still so many things in the world, in our country, in our homes, and in ourselves that are great, really great!
Choice and magnification come to mind!
Each and every one of us hold in our hand a magnifying glass. Life throws big bold headlines at us every single second of the day. Be aware that whatever you choose to magnify will influence and ultimately create your reality, the filters through which you view and experience life.
Is your self-worth anchored in everything external or do you anchor your self-worth in your greatness, your values and your beliefs? We don’t have all the answers and we are enveloped in uncertainty, sometimes we feel trapped in uncertainty, immobilised by the responsibility to make the right decisions all the time.
Magnifying thoughts of uncertainty creates more uncertainty and in doing that, you give uncertainty power over you and you become a victim of circumstances.
I love this quote from Marianne Williamson: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? ….And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
In times of uncertainty, what makes sense – YOU! You have control over what you do, what you think, how you act, what you say. You have to make yourself a priority during this time. You have to be intentional about what you choose to focus on. If you are not a priority to yourself during this time, external factors may sweep you along, your mind will play tricks on and make you feel small, incapable and overwhelmed – you are magnifying your insecurities. Start with YOU!
To change the way you view the world, start changing the way you look at yourself, what you think about yourself and what you say to yourself. Magnify your greatness, magnify your brilliance, your talents, your gorgeousness. You may feel trapped at the moment, but you are free to be you.
Persevere and witness your world changing, slowly but surely.