There is one thing in this world I know for sure. We each create our own reality with our thoughts. Unfortunately much of what we create is not real — it is simply an illusion.
One of the biggest illusions I seem to like to create is that outside forces have power over me. Anyone else like to create that one? The great nebulous “they” made me do it, or did it to me. What really happens in these instances is that I do it to myself.
You see it’s not what others do or how they live that causes me problems, it’s how I react to it. I always have a choice. Unfortunately I occasionally still chose to live on adrenaline and it doesn’t take much to get that going. Bob being sick, a friend needing a lot of time and attention, going overboard with physical exercise can be all it takes to set off what I call an adrenaline storm. As I am getting older and as I have been getting these under control “falling off the wagon” has become harder. At the least, there is one heck of a “hangover.” Just as with a storm related to weather whether it be rain, wind, snow, there is often clean-up that has to occur after the storm has passed, there is always clean-up to do and often consequences to live with when we create a reality that is out of balance and does not work.
So what do we do? Do we give up and just “accept” our flawed reality as just the way life is? Or do we pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, be patient with ourselves, learn something from the experience and recommit to our spiritual practice? The choice is mine. The choice is yours.