"Sooner or later everyone sits down to a banquet of consequences."
~ Robert Louis Stevenson
Whatever you do becomes a part of your pattern.Whatever you fix your attention upon is your choice for where you want to go next. For some, the thought that their acts have real consequences can be paralyzing. In an effort to escape this paralyzing fear, people often tell themselves, "It doesn't matter," or "I can get away with this." But this message is very much an illusive, destructive mode of addictive thinking. Only being able to self-regulate in order to soothe your paralyzing anxiety--to let go of fear and to trust in the restorative power of your life--can bring healthy consequences.
Sometimes people consider only the external consequences of their deeds: "Will I get caught? Will I get yelled at, fired, left behind?" They might very well get away with their little dramas and escape reprimand or rejection. But in the most important context--the status of their inner spirit--they never get away with anything. And that's the real tragedy: not to care for and value their own being and spirit enough to safeguard against losing inner status. People often shortchange integrity and values to earn a better place in their exterior, visible life, but in the act they lose their place of honor within. You are your own witness, jury, and judge. Only right actions lead to feeling right.
DAILY HEALTHY ACTS
- Reclaim your inner place of honor. Write a list of what actions you honor in yourself today. Write another list of the actions in which you've lost your integrity. Now use clear, concise and vivid terms to describe the qualitative differences between these two lists. Underline, memorize, and imprint these differences in your mind, because they mark the qualitative difference in the life you will lead depending on which list you choose as your direction.
- Quickly brainstorm three actions you can take to restore your honor... to yourself. This is not about anyone else. You cannot escape the consequences of your past actions, but you can always take a new action to begin to heal. Take right action today.