Changing in the New Year
Change is inevitable. What can you look forward to in the New Year and how will your thinking play a part?
This truth, too, will apply to almost anything.
For example, we're not likely to change the rapidly growing disparity between the rich and the poor until we change our thinking about poverty and why it is.
We're not likely to change the damages of global warming on our planet until we change our thinking about pollution, about greenhouse gases, and about rampant consumerism, the engine that drives both of these.
Furthermore, we're not likely to change the random and indiscriminate acts of violence we experience all too frequently across this country until we change our thinking about guns, gun laws and second amendment rights.
You've heard of the "law of attraction?" This may be the most universally misunderstood and, certainly, universally misapplied law. At its core, however, is a very simple truth and one toward which Einstein's statement points: You and I typically attract into our lives what we think about daily.
In other words, if you think you'll fail, why would you be surprised when you do?
If you think you suck, that you're not worthy of love, why would you complain when others treat you disrespectfully? Don't we teach others how to treat us? Try treating yourself the way you wish yourself to be treated. Then, observe the results.
Do not push this 'law of attraction' to its limits because, like any law, it has its limits in application. Victims of violence, for example, are hardly "thinking violent thoughts" when violence disrupts their life. Or, ends it, as in recent Newtown tragedy. But, you can appreciate the law for the truth it reveals.
At the outset of this new year, remember this, in the words of many a wise person: "When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change." Including YOU!
Dr. Steve McSwain is an author, speaker, thought leader and spiritual teacher. His books and blogs inspire spiritual seekers around the world. He is a devoted follower of Christ but an interfaith activist as well. He is frequently heard to say, in the words of Mother Teresa, "I love all religions; but I'm IN LOVE with my own." Read more from Dr. McSwain on his blog Your Best Life Ever.