Sacred or Scared?
Gail Pursell Elliott


Things don't always work out for the best,
but we can make the best
out of the way things work out.

Sacred and scared are made up of the same letters.  Simply switch two of the letters around and you can flip from one word to the other. 

When we inject positive energy into situations we are holding them in a 'sacred place.'  When we invest ourselves in worry we are holding things in a 'scared place.'  Whatever we focus upon becomes our reality. 

I've heard that during the depression, the positive thinking guru Napoleon Hill recommended to the President that negative news be kept to a minimum and positive news emphasized.   A number of people recently have suggested either injecting more positive news into our media or starting a new media provider that emphasizes positives would be a good idea.

Since most of us have no control over what is broadcast or written, we have to do something else to handle the barrage of negative news that we are confronted with on a daily basis.  In our own lives we can begin by looking for and asking for positive information. 

For example, instead of asking open-ended questions such as "How are things going?" we can ask, "What's the good news?"  When we do this, the other person has to stop and think of something positive to say.  When we ask ourselves this question, we also have to stop and think of something positive.

At the end of a long and tiring day, instead of rehashing the frustrations we can choose to isolate and think about one good thing that happened, even if it was only that when we got to work someone had the coffee ready and it was really good.  

Early in my career, I was laid off from a job and didn't find another one right away.  I look back on that time not as the highlight of my career but as time that I used to do something else I enjoyed.  I needed income of course, so I took a job at night as a waitress.  I picked a restaurant that I could no longer afford to go to, whose food I really enjoyed.  I made just enough to keep things together and got to eat at my favorite place every night as well.  During the day, I was free to submit applications and go on interviews.  I also used part of the time to concentrate on my writing, something I love to do but was often too tired after a long workday to enjoy.

Even though this was not the lifestyle or permanent employment that I envisioned for myself, I felt pretty positive about it while I was experiencing it.  I had fun and served some very interesting people.  I made new friends among the other waitresses.  Some of them had been there for years, others were in transition like I was.  I learned more about multi-tasking in that job than in any other one I've ever had. 

Of course this made a big difference in the way I interviewed for a new position in my field and my overall attitude.  Within a couple of months I was hired for another position that I wound up enjoying a lot more than the one I had lost.  

We can rarely control what comes into our lives but we can always choose what we do with it.  I didn't understand while all of this was happening that I was choosing to hold my situation in a sacred place rather than a scared place.  Looking back now, I know that it made all the difference.

"Fear knocked at the door.
Faith answered.
There was no one there."

Have a Great Day and be good to yourself.  You deserve it!

Gail Pursell Elliott  All Rights Reserved.  Gail Pursell Elliott, "The Dignity and Respect Lady."  Innovations "Training With a Can-Do Attitude" Promoting Dignity and Respect. No Exceptions. In Companies and Communities Nationwide.


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