What’s Right?

What’s right?
Every single person that has ever lived has had moments of darkness in their lives. For some the moments are brief and for some they are endless. Jesus, a being filled with love and a clear Heavenly connection wasn’t exactly dancing that night in the garden of Gethsemane. When Lao Tzu turned his back on his students and walked out through the gates of the city, he wasn’t whistling a happy tune. When the man who would become the Buddha leaped over the walls that night leaving his opulent lifestyle and his wife and child, he wasn’t laughing. EVERYONE has dark moments. EVERYONE has moments of doubt and fear and sadness. EVERYONE is at least a little apprehensive about the future. EVERYONE at times doubts their decisions and choices.

So, what do we do about these seemingly unavoidable moments of darkness in our lives? We acknowledge the condition or state we are in at the moment. We accept that it is real. We admit that this state, like everything else in life, is transitory. We tell ourselves, whether we believe it or not in the moment, that we can change. Next and most importantly, we reach for a better thought. Just an ever so slightly better thought. We can’t reach for the North Pole when we are crawling in Texas but we can reach for something small, something that is right. Bend your finger. It works! Take a breath. It works! Listen for sounds. It works! Sure there are pains and aches and painful memories and not feeling good and not feeling connected BUT THERE ARE ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS SOME THINGS THAT ARE GOING RIGHT! Focus on them. Don’t wrap your darkness around them. Admit to yourself that some things are going right. They are!

It may not seem like much of a change but it’s a start and if you take even the smallest step in a different direction, you are going to change where you are going and where you end up. Whether you find yourself in darkness or light, as often as you can, ask yourself probably the most important question you can ever ask yourself. What’s right?

(C) 2011 All Rights Reserved, Patrick McBride


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