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Thought And Belief “Timeline”
An Answer To Prayer! I remember sitting on my front porch and saying to God, “If there is a way to have peace in this situation I don’t know what it is.”I was just being honest and was very frustrated.I thought and prayed in my head for several minutes and then I said, “If there is a way to have peace, please show me what it is.” Over the next few days and weeks I began to “see” the world around me in a very different way.When I got this answer to my simple prayer everything around me looked different.What had changed was my thinking. I wrote my thoughts down with the specific frustrations I was facing outlined but it seemed “wordy”.I just forgot that piece of material and went about my business at work and home―but I was different. I noticed over a relatively short period of time that I also started to feel better about the frustrations even though they had not changed or gone away.I reconsidered the things I had written and set aside and I thought it would be nice to write a little inspirational article that could be shared with others.I took the original piece and cleaned it up a bit, left out most of the details and named it The 24 Hour Perspective.
The Original Draft
I started thinking about all of the "little things" that can be so annoying or which are just out-rightly "acts of injustice" that I have to deal with on a daily basis.Things like my neighbor bringing the dog out in the front yard to pee any time that she sees me on the porch.This is just to annoy me and "spit in my face" so to speak because her whole family hates me and refuses to speak to me. Or a like my former friend that I asked to just “stay away” because she developed an obsession with me.Every day she walks by the house six or eight times "loudly" ignoring me and secretly blaming me for how she feels instead of taking responsibility for her own self and actions. Then there's work where a co-worker never adjusts her credit card slips, another does just barely enough so that she can't be "yelled at", and the cooks use towels instead of a mop because they don't have to do the laundry so they just don't care how much laundry there is to do.Then in just a few minutes I am faced with the fact that the boss has not gotten small bills and I have to go to the bank.Before I can leave I get several phone calls and have to figure out what is going on in the business since most of the information slips are not filled out. As I type this a fly is dive-bombing me...For some reason my Windows program on my computer won't allow my internet security program to start so I have several extra steps at every start up that have to be handled manually. It seems that when it comes to people I am the one who always seems to be REQUIRED to take up the slack!I am the one trying to bring order to chaos and before I can do this I get more things to do!I am the one who has to put up with the bad attitudes, subtle and not so subtle slights and insults!I am the one who gets "bugged" when I am attempting to gather my thoughts and center myself! Still, what got me thinking was how I easily avoided my neighbor and former friend before coming to work, handled the busy phone calls, made it to the bank and back, got the laundry in, watered the plants, handled more phone calls, and adjusted the credit card slips---all within a short amount of time! What I mean is that once I get past the feeling that "this is wrong and it shouldn't be happening to me" I handle things really well and in short order.It is completely true that other people are being "mean", falling short of what is clearly their responsibility, and acting in a manner that shows only contempt and disregard for me but once I just accept that this is their choice in life and not mine then I can go on with what I am doing unhindered by their actions and attitudes. My task is to not allow these things to "get stuck" inside of my thinking and feeling.These are choices that other people have made and it is my job to not "join with them" in those poor choices.It is my job to center myself and just "be".My job is to "feel" how free I am and enjoy and celebrate every moment!
August 9th, 2009-Wrote the original draft for what would become “The 24 Hour Perspective”. November 30th, 2009-Wrote “The 24 Hour Perspective” and sent a copy to “Insight of the Day”. December 3rd, 2009-Received an email form Brian Proctor who said he would like to use the story the next day! December 4th, 2009-Article appears in “Insight of the Day”. December 9th, 2009-Began the book after many emails that expressed a desire to implement the simple message of “The 24 Hour Perspective”. December 30th, 2009-Closed a publishing deal. January 3rd, 2010-Completed writing the manuscript. January 4th, 2010-Sent the manuscript to the publisher. January 9th, 2010-After talking with several people from the publishing house who were not aware that I had submitted the manuscript, I re-submitted all materials.
On December 4th, 2009 the inspirational article The 24 Hour Perspective was featured in Bob Proctor’s Insight Of The Day (which is an email subscription that is sent out to over 200,000 people world-wide). Within hours after its distribution I began to receive emails of thanks from all over the world requesting to reprint the article in corporate news letters, email subscription services, and newsletters for small organizations and churches.Many people have posted it on their “Facebook” pages and many have forwarded the article to all of their personal email contacts while some have stated that they are going to print out the piece of writing and place it on their refrigerator door to help remind them to stay positive.This tiny little editorial has been translated into several languages and disturbed around the world in various newspapers and other publications. Along with the congratulations and thanks came many heart wrenching emails of tragic and difficult situations that people shared about how it was difficult to focus on the positive in the midst of various adversities. A coworker mentioned to me how this little message is so true and so simple and yet she remarked that it can be very hard to do this simple little detail of focusing on the positive and being grateful for what we have.Staying focused on the positive really is a simple formula so I began to wonder why it was so difficult to accomplish for people all around the world.I had to admit that it has not always been an easy prescription to follow for myself.It seemed like the more that I focused on the positive the more I encountered opportunities that attempted to draw my attention back to anything that was negative. I found myself responding to my coworker by saying that it is like being out on a beautiful day where the sun is shining and the birds are singing―when suddenly―a wasp flies into your face and you totally lose sight of everything else and begin swatting at the thing!You are surrounded by so many wonderful things and yet this little threat draws all of your attention away from these wonderful things and you become frightened of a tiny stinger and the venom it threatens to inject! Once again I was hit with insight and inspired to reach out to people all over the world who struggle daily to remain calm, focused, and grateful.Thought And Belief was born!
The 24 Hour Perspective Not long ago I woke up with a "brown" taste in my mouth and everything started to just go wrong! I remember thinking, "Why is everyone against me!" Then I stopped and thought, "Wait a minute! Not everyone is against me!" I grabbed a note pad and started writing down the names of everyone that was openly resisting my efforts to just live in peace and joy. Three....That's right - 3 people! Then I thought about how many people were "in favor" of me and supported me in some way. Double digits! Then I thought globally. Most people don't even know I exist and out of the ones that do know me and have some interaction with me they remain involved in their own lives and are basically "neutral" toward me. Then I started thinking about how out of ALL THE PEOPLE IN THE EARTH only 3 people resisted me and how much time did I spend a day interacting with these three people? On even the worst days I couldn't think of more than a few minutes of actual interaction. So then I thought about ALL THE NEGATIVE ENCOUNTERS that I had in a single day. You know everything from the guy who cuts you off in traffic to the rude comment by someone I don't even know. I was hard pressed on even the WORST day to find more than 5-15 minutes of actual interaction with unpleasant people a day! This reality hit me with insight! There have been times when my 24 hour day has been ruined by 15 minutes (and in most cases less than 15 minutes) a day of actual interaction with negative people! How could that be possible? I survived the 15 minutes so why did this ruin my entire day? Even when I was "cussed" and "cursed" the words didn't hurt me and the curses never came to pass. Everything that was spoken against me was a threat and did not manifest as a reality! How could something as false and "unreal" as a "threat" ruin my day? The answer is simple. The threat got into my own thinking and contaminated my mind. People annoyed me for less than 15 minutes and I annoyed myself in my thinking for 23 hours 45 minutes or more a day and I ruined my day! Now I have learned to put my focus on the positives in my life and to be grateful for all that I have! Life is all about choices. Is the glass half full or half empty? You decide.