Friday, February 20, 2009

The Universe has my email address!

So*, every day I receive a message from the Universe.

No, I’m not talking about seeing words in puddles, hearing voices in the breeze, or anything else like that. And I’m not talking about receiving emails from Mr. Universe.

I’m talking about receiving daily emails from THE UNIVERSE.

Somehow, somewhere, I signed up on some site that sends me these emails.

Some of them I don’t agree with (theologically speaking).

Some of them I whole-heartedly advocate.

And some of them really make me stop and think about what I’ve been taught to believe, how I interpret what I’ve been taught to believe, what I actually believe, and all the in-between things that I have no definitive belief on or in. (Does any of that make sense?)

And since they give me pause, I thought I’d occasionally share one with you—to get you thinking and reflecting (or bored and leaving my blog, never to return—please come back!).

With that, here’s the first message I want to discuss (and I’m paraphrasing here):

You don’t need to worry. There is time for everything. You were before time, and you will exist after time. You have forever. There’s no dream you have now that you can’t achieve. There’s no challenge you now face that you won’t overcome. Therefore, there is no need to worry. Ever.

What do you think? Do you agree? Yes? No? Sort of?

Worry is a BIG thing for me. HUGE! I worry all the time about things that are absolutely ridiculous. And so I’ve been thinking about this message, and trying to figure out how to interpret it on a day to day basis.

You see, I agree with the statement. I DO believe I lived before this life and I will live after it. So, time really shouldn’t hold be back because I’m not trapped in it. But, I find myself stuck in worry. I’m not “in the moment” as they say. I’m always thinking about what if this happens, or what if that falls apart.

Do you have this same problem? Maybe it’s just me.

To combat this, I’ve been trying a new mantra: I don’t have to worry NOW.

And since it’s always “now,” I should never worry.

So far, it’s not working that well. But I’m trying.

Another thing this statement made me ponder on is time.

I often find myself saying “You too old to do that, Liz.” “It’s too late.” Etc.

And there are things in life that I’ve already made up my mind that I can’t do because I’m not in my 20’s anymore.

But, as with worry, maybe I’m wrong about that too.


Boy, I have a lot to learn, and a lot of hang ups I need to let go of.

*I’ve just realized that I start a lot of posts with “So.” I think because it sounds conversational. You know, like it’s just you and me, shootin’ the breeze and hangin’ out in my apartment. Very casual-like.


Andrea said...

So (I just had to throw that in there) I agree with you completely. I don't know if you've noticed but I'm the queen of worrying. I worry about things that are in and out of my control. I liked that quote, but it got me worrying about eternity, that's such a long time. It's like the song that never ends, it just goes on and on my friends.

Mr. Hall said...

As for worries, the only serious worry that I have is my sins. That may be exceedingly strange to some, but I figure it is the only thing that has any adverse bearing on my place within eternity. Otherwise, no serious worries. Interesting thought though. . .

Hannah said...

Ok, so I've been thinking about this one. For me, worry is almost a superstition. Like, if I worry enough about a test before hand, my magical worrying powers will cause me to get an A. Study a little bit less and I'll get a B. Don't worry at all, FAIL. Some would say that studying factors into the testing senario, but those people are weird and possibly aliens.

I've used worrying to keep friends and family from dangerous situations, to get myself job interviews and into various post secondary schools, and i've even used it to clear up my skin. You have no idea the kind of faith I put into my worrying.

It is silly. But it's also kind of an ingrained pattern. It's like, if I make myself feel anxious and bad now, then it will automatically cancel out anxious bad feelings in the future, and since a negative outcome is what would CAUSE bad feelings, a positive outcome is therefore necessary. As you can see, this makes a lot of sense.

What I've been working on lately is deleting negative thought processes, "this is hard, I can't do it, what's the point", with the opposite: "its easy, I can, because I want to". Here is my theory, if my brain has been powerful enough to control outcomes with my superworry, imagine what I can accomplish with superexpectaion! I'm flipping my super power. So far nothing drastic has changed, but I figure...worst case senario...I'm wrong. It was hard. I couldn't. But by the time you're talking in past tense, its already over, so oh well! I'll let you know how it goes.

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