Thanksgiving is just a week away, and I have been doing much thinking about how grateful I am of this journey I call life. We are so lucky to live in an age of information at our disposal on You Tube, the internet, and kindle to put books at our fingertips with the click of a mouse.
I had a big AHA this week, when thinking about how my feelings are so important to my life.
I was raised with the adage “Fake it til you make it” and “there is no gain without pain”. WRONG!! That being said, I learned to disregard my feelings as important ways to adjust my actions.
The story of this AHA came from when I was cleaning out the cat box litter. Bagged and stinky I took the bag and put it in my car to take it to throw it away. When I returned to the car, I was immediately struck by the stench, uncomfortable. I had a short drive and I noticed as the time passed, I didn’t notice the smell anymore. It occurred to me, that many of my feelings were like that. Uncomfortable, yet if I moved on, I didn’t notice them. They were still there and needed to be handled if they were to be understood, yet I could manage to continue without changing them. Consequence; they would stack up in their unnoticed “stinkiness” until I was blown away by some unrelated situation. I would not realize my feelings were guiding me all along, and I chose to ignore them. What doesn’t get fixed, just keeps growing causing more things to get in your way to happiness. When you ignore enough of your feelings long enough, you will get sick. That is just the way it works.
Live in the moment, this means so much more to me today than it ever has before. Be aware of your feelings, and why they are what they are. It is not wrong to have bad feelings, they are just an indication you are not on the easiest track. You always get to pick your own path, your feelings just are indicators for you. My advice is to become aware of your feelings. Wake up and smell the cat litter so to speak. Be happy it is so much more fun then other ways I have tried before.