Thursday, January 05, 2006

Response Ability 

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.
It turns what we have into enough, and
more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos
to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn
a meal into a feast, a house into a home,
a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes
sense of our past, brings peace for today,
and creates a vision for tomorrow. ~ Melody Beattie

When someone yells, how do you respond?
When someone blames you, how do you respond?
When someone gives you a compliment, how do you respond?
When someone is sick, how do you respond?
When someone asks you for time or money or energy, how do you respond?
When someone is loving, how do you respond?
When there is an accident or problems, how do you respond?
When there is a storm, how do you respond?

How we respond to the "weather" in life is our total responsibility.
How we respond is determined by our inner state.
Our natural state is unlimited love and peace.
When we respond with love and peace, gratitude is the outcome.

Yesterday just as I was about to write the daily Loving Reminders, the power went off.
So I ate my breakfast and went for a walk.
A fun, safe and easy life is a product of responding to life with peace, love and gratitude.

How can you create an inner culture that is non reactive?
How can you erase your fear and dependency on outer circumstances?
How can you become like a willow and bend with the wind?
How can you take full response-ability for your life responses?

Forgive, surrender, trust, forgive, accept, give what you want, offer healing, be grateful.
All are possibilities.
Why waste your precious energy on meaningless and non helpful emotional reactivity?

Let go in trust and extend peace freely.
Betty Lue