Friday, September 27, 2013
You’re awaiting the results of a biopsy. You just got laid off from your job and are now unemployed. You just filed for bankruptcy and have no idea what the future holds.
In each of these cases you are thrust into the unknown. If you think into the unknown and try to figure out what’s going to happen, you are likely to get discouraged and upset by your thoughts. It won’t help you to 'positive think' your way into a favorable biopsy result, a great new job opportunity or some financial windfall. Such positive thinking won’t help you because, at some level, you know that you simply made up those positive thoughts, and therefore they are not as reassuring as you would like them to be. You could also construct mental scenarios from your fears and skepticism -- and we all know how you would end up feeling then.
What works for human beings is to stay truthful and admit that they simply don’t know what the future holds for them. It shouldn’t take much for us to look in that direction because, in those cases, we really don’t know what the future holds for us -- if...