22 years ago I came to believe. I came to believe in a power greater than myself, in the Creator, in God. Prior to that I was neither atheist nor agnostic. I neither believed nor disbelieved. The truth of this matter is that I just didn’t care one way or another and didn’t spend any time thinking about it. But 22 years ago, as my life was changing significantly, I came to believe. Why I came to believe and what I believe are probably both a lengthy post themselves. Today though this is just about me believing in a Higher Power.
I work hard at acceptance and understanding God’s will for me as much as humanly possible. I firmly know the more I can accept certain things as they are the more relaxed and peaceful my life is. I know this because I have practised this and I have enjoyed the results. I hope you don’t misunderstand this and think I might just sit still and let things unfold with no input. No, I do my best every moment to be fully active and completely participate in my life. But after I have done all I can realistically do for any situation in my life I know I have to let the results come, in their own time and be willing to accept these results as they are. One great example is when, a few years back, I was at the Denver airport in a severe snowstorm. All flights in and out had been stopped and by a certain time I had also missed my window of opportunity to use the road to get to a hotel. Many people were angry and frustrated at missing flights and connections. But I was as relaxed as you’ll ever find me because now all that was going on was 100% out of my hands and no matter what I wanted there was nothing I could do to change the situation. It was completely out of my hands and I would leave the airport when authorities said I could. I was in full acceptance of this situation
Now acceptance is great, when I exercise it. I have been going to the gym 6 days a week for the past 6 weeks as I get ready to climb Mount Whitney in early June. Last week I was laid up with diverticulitis. I get an “attack” about once every 18 months. I was quite sick and couldn’t go to the gym for 10 days. I was angry that my problems would derail my training and, poor me, that I have this intestinal illness. I was stuck in self-pity and I wasn’t at all accepting of my situation. If I had accepted everything as it was I would have been much happier and maybe even have gotten better sooner. Now the flip side of this is what cracks me up. You see I had a slight groin pull from running one day and it was not healing because I wouldn’t take a day off from the gym. I probably would still have a sore groin today because I would never have slowed down and given it time to heal. You know where this is going now, don’t you? While my diverticulitis stopped me from working out my groin healed and when I went back to the gym I was physically back to 100%. God’s will for me is always better than my desires. I needn’t question His will but I do. I’m human. Now that I look back I can smile at myself and my pettiness. It’s a pretty funny moment since I’m a guy who preaches acceptance. It was a lesson that I will take away and I will practise harder next time to accept my situation as how it should be in that moment ,in that time, in my life. I don’t always know God’s will for me but I know it’s not to be indulging myself in self-pity.
I want to share this paragraph with you from page 417 of the book Alcoholics Anonymous:
Acceptance is the answer to ALL of my problems today. When I am disturbed, it is because I find some person, place, thing or situation- some fact of my life- unacceptable to me, and I can find no serenity until I accept that person, place, thing, or situation as being exactly the way it is supposed to be at this moment. Nothing, absolutely nothing, happens in God’s world by mistake. [ …… }Unless I accept my life completely on life’s terms, I cannot be happy. I need to concentrate not so much on what needs to be changed in the world as on what needs to be changed in me and in my attitudes.
The first round of the NHL playoffs are done and we have moved on to round #2. This round sees:
ST Louis vs. Dallas
Nashville vs. San Jose
NY Islanders vs. Tampa Bay
Pittsburgh vs. Washington
There are 4 awesome matchups for round 2 and it should be as good as round 2 was.
The quote this week is from John Muir.
“The sun shines not on us but in us.”
The song this week is from Leon Bridges. http://leonbridges.com/
Leon Bridges-Coming Home
I hope to see you next week………….