The spell cast by the positive thinking movement has finally broken its hold over many. Including me. I‘ve woken up. What a relief. And I didn’t turn into a Negative Nancy.
Here’s what happened. I realised that I had to stop relying on my passion and enthusiasm to help me decide what to do next.
I also realised that:
Self-indulgence is the inability to do what needs to be done whether I like it or not.
Self-empowerment is the ability to do what needs to be done whether I like it or not.
I can afford to say these things because I have long made sure that I take care of me first. That way I am ready, willing and able to take care of other people and other things when necessary.
I have the power to write my own calling. (Everyone has this power.) I can follow my heart but I have to take my head with me at all times. If I don’t, then I cut my power in half. It’s too enervating. I wasn’t born to run on 50% of my power. Especially when I need to get things done.
There are many times I’ve been called to tolerate a demon or two for the sake of an angel. And it has done me a lot of good. I’m satisfied and content with my invisible karmic kudos. They enrich my life and overflow onto everyone important to me.
But I have to keep my wits about me. These days, I don’t let the urge to avoid discomfort become a motive that drives my decisions.