The opposite of open is closed.
We might never view ourselves as those who are closed off to blessings. But sometimes self-defeating behaviors are so habitual, we don’t even realize we’re pinching ourselves off from good stuff.
Like deflecting when a compliment comes our way.
Or feeling despondent when comparing our progress against another person’s.
We see the dark clouds so predominantly, we can fail to see the silver linings.
There is a false drumbeat that drives us to focus on what’s wrong, as if worrying makes us worthy of good. This could be the last vestiges of religion or our cultural upbringing.
As if beating ourselves up when we fail is proof that we mean well.
(And to whom are we trying to prove that we mean well. Ourselves?)
Hyper-focusing on where we think we fall short is a faulty, preemptive strike to forestall the pain of others noticing our lack. Especially silly since most are too busy looking at their own to be bothered with ours!
Such a hefty price-tag we impose upon our imperfections! And all the while, grace and mercy and kindness and love surround us.
Just waiting for us to give ourselves a break and open our hearts.
And let the sunshine in.
Some thoughts on being open…and being closed…in this week’s video:
I hope the thoughts you think these next two weeks are healing ones. As the scriptures say, “Thought of peace and not of evil…to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
That passage refers to the way God (the Universe, Source – however you wish to call the Divine) thinks about us.
And if God thinks that way, shouldn’t we also?
In fact, the reason negative self-talk feels so horrible is because it is in direct conflict with the Almighty.
Let’s stop voting against our inner being, which always thinks thoughts of love about you.
(And everyone else, too.)