We are what we do, not what we used to
It is so very common for us to get caught up in our past failures or success’. We dwell on the negative and relish in the positive, but through it all end up stalled out and inactive. The questions we ask ourselves create feelings of powerlessness, regret and helplessness.
“I had all that once; the company car, the expense account and all the other luxuries that went along with them, but I will never have that again.” Perhaps we find comfort in a “Been there done that” attitude towards our past accomplishments and in that mask our most recent perceived failure to achieve worldly expectations. In an attempt to convince others that “it doesn’t matter” to us anymore will not change the negative feeling and emotions that we carry around with us throughout the day.
In the most common scenario we continue to adamantly complain about how we have not and never will have anything we desire. This is the most effective way to continue to live a life of lack and disillusion. We complain daily to ourselves and others about how nothing ever works out for us and how nobody cares. This is most commonly referred to as a “Victim Stance” and is one of the most effective ways to get everything we do not want.
The other major cause of becoming anchored in inactivity is caused by continuously dwelling on our mistakes. This process causes us to concentrate on undesirable past activities and the negative emotions associated with them. This again causes us to continually reproduce similar scenarios and will cause us to hold ourselves back and forfeit our future. We tell ourselves, “They wouldn’t want a person like me in their lives” or “I just don’t have the education that is required to do that” or “It’s too late and I’m too old to change.”
Well my friends, when we get honest with ourselves and recognize who we truly are “Right Now” there will be no limits to who we will be tomorrow. Our only limits are what we believe, with the essence of all that we are, to be impossible. Once we consciously make a choice to ask for what we want, believing we are worthy of it and accept that we can be all that we are created to be; we will begin to live a life full of passion.
Passion is the soul’s recognition of God’s gift. This is the special unique gift that we were conceived with. It was incorporated into His original plan for us long ago. This is the essence of all that we are created to be. Here is the place absent of time where all things joyful continually exist infinitely. We recognize it by all the positive emotions within and without. It is when hours seem like minutes and work is like play. This is what we are supposed to do!
When we buy into the self perpetuated illusions that we paint of ourselves, often through the eyes of how we think others perceive us, we avoid, put off and fail to complete the Divine design which we are. In accepting what appears to be the easy path we inevitably avoid the smooth effortless path to our intended destination. We struggle and fight to steer ourselves along the path we chose, driven by ego, and neglect the smooth effortless path that is God’s itinerary.
Recently, I commented to Gail Hyatt on a question Andy Andrews had asked her: “Why do we say something is “out of whack”? What is a whack anyway?” It means that we are out of alignment. Like when we drift away from Truth and begin to feel lost and disconnected. Negative feelings and emotions become stronger and we no longer feel good. When we are in alignment we feel the best we can feel.
the wrong direction, it is pulling us off the road, and we experience excessive vibration and tire ware. The journey becomes difficult to travel. After we leave the mechanics shop, all fixed up, we experience smooth effortless travel absent of struggle and anxietythe wrong direction, it is pulling us off the road, and we experience excessive vibration and tire ware. The journey becomes difficult to travel. After we leave the mechanics shop, all fixed up, we experience smooth effortless travel absent of struggle and anxiety.
We can also look at it like this. Our car is out of alignment. The steering wheel is pointing in the wrong direction, the car is pulling us of the road, and we experience excessive vibration and tire ware. The journey becomes difficult to travel. After we leave the mechanic shop, all fixed up, we experience smooth and effortless travel absent of struggle and anxiety. Our vehicle is setup and acting as it was designed to.
In order to fix ourselves up we need to understand that the past is gone. It no longer exists. What we have done is done, but today we can chose to become what we do. We need to “Act Now!” If we made it a habit of doing things that did not line up with God’s plan than we need to get back on track. As we begin to make righteous choices our experiences will improve. It all starts with what we believe.
Whack is something we don’t want. When we are out of whack we are inefficient and ineffective. People often refer to things as being whack as things that just don’t line up with how they think things are supposed to be. Things that are whack just don’t feel good to them. “This job is whack! That place is whack! My life is whack!” are commonly expresses. Bottom line is that we do not want to be “Whack!”
So let’s get out that “Chilton Auto Repair Manual” and get to work. The Bible has everything we need to help us put all the parts back where they are supposed to be as they should be. By following God’s instruction we will find our way along the path we are intended to follow. We are the vehicle and He has the key!
Remember, we are unique and in so being require very specific instruction or directions to achieve what is meant to be achieved. What works for others may not work for us. Things that make others happy, elated and successful might not do the same for us. Don’t buy into their illusion.
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Failures are to teach us something great. It is part of our journey, but when we concentrate on them they will ground us in failure. We need to take it for what it was and move forward. We must make our lives and not let our lives make us.
“We are what we do” in this case refers to our actions now. This is our choice. I’m not talking about jobs, careers or other physical or material things. What I am speaking of is our inner actions empathy, love and so on. When we do things out of kindness of the heart instead of hate from the ego or vice versa we are what we do. This is also apparent when we exhibit inner appreciation rather than envy. What we “do” is letting go of our old selves and accepting the new. It is as in the inner reality of being “born again.” It is in fact the essence of all that we are.
It can ever further be explained as the perception of who we think we are or as a colleague of mine recently put it, I’m paraphrasing a bit, the way we think others think about us. We can never truly live in the now if we continue to be or do” what we used to.” It is imperative for us as ever evolving beings to move forward with the choices we have made. We are what we do “Right Now.” I was lost, but now I am found!
This is why Jesus was so adamant about the forgiveness of sins. We must be faithful about who we are created to be. It makes no sense to look back on who we used to be. That person and place no longer exists. It can only have power over us if we let it. This is why we must let it go.
As we let out the sand bags of our past, our balloon will ascend effortlessly into the Future.