For our Trust Life Today New Year’s post I decided to skip words that reek of resolutions, words that beg to be broken and forgotten by day 5, which would be today, January 5th. Nor will this post contain words encouraging you to set goals, climb ladders, or create a bucket list. While all fine endeavors, it’s just not where we are going today.
Today, and for each today going forward, I’d like you to ask yourself this deceptively not-so-simple question: What do I believe?
Geneen Roth, the author of Women Food and God said, “Once you know what you believe, you can begin to question if it is true.” This well known author of books whose main topic centers around emotional eating asks us to look at our beliefs about food, then begin to question if what we believe is true. Nice; I like it.
Let’s take that premise and apply a much broader paint brush to your life canvas. Beyond your beliefs about food, how about asking yourself what you believe about money — saving, spending, giving, loaning, hoarding…or what about parenting, or about managing your workload? How about asking yourself what you believe the ideal relationship looks like with your spouse, your mother, your father, your best friend, your child’s teacher?
What do you believe? Free of judgement. Free of justifications, caveats, if-then statements. Simply, what do you believe?
Your beliefs are unique to you. They are there to serve you, and no one else. On any given day what you believe will contribute to your mood, to your actions, to your outlook on life, and ultimately to your mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical health.
Choosing to Love yourself and to Trust yourself both begin with what you believe.
And what you believe is all yours. You own it.
I was reminded of this tonight as I reflected on my absolute favorite quote from Harry Potter.
Toward the end of the final book in the Harry Potter series, Harry is standing in a dream-like state with Professor Dumbledore. Right before the scene ends and the dream fades away, Harry calls out:
Tell me one last thing. Is this real? Or has this been happening inside my head?”
Dumbledore beamed at him, and his voice sounded loud and strong in Harry’s ears even though the bright mist was descending again, obscuring his figure.
“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?”
Ending Self Doubt
Look inside your head. What do you believe? Pick one, any one belief. Do you see it? Now look it straight in the eye and decide if it is true for you or not. Own it or discard it. Do this, and any self doubt you may have been carrying around will vanish instantly.
Man, look at you! Look at how powerful you are! You don’t have to be a wizard like Harry to feel your inner magic. We all have our unique Pixie Dust inside.
Something tells me this is going to be One. Fabulous. New. Year!
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