So You Create
Your thoughts are setting the stage for things to come.
As you think, so you create.
If you believe your dreams are attainable, so you create.
If you anticipate failure, so you create.
If you imagine being smiled at tomorrow, so you create.
If you predict rejection, so you create.
If you envision having a good time, so you create.
If you view your child as a problem, so you create.
If you expect to have love in your heart
. . . for everyone you meet today, so you create.
What world do you want to live in? We all have a choice.
When we venture deeper than the surface of our lives, we notice that life is a tapestry and we’re the artists. We use our selection of paints to color our world. Life isn’t always controllable, but how we respond to it is—how we look at it and how we react. That’s the world we create.
Here’s another anecdote that illustrates this creative power inside each of us. It’s an excerpt from Pema Chodron’s book Awakening Loving-Kindness:
A big burly samurai comes to the wise man and says, “Tell me the nature of heaven and hell.” And the roshi looks him in the face and says: “Why should I tell a scruffy, disgusting, miserable slob like you?” The samurai starts to get purple in the face, his hair starts to stand up, but the roshi won’t stop, he keeps saying, “A miserable worm like you, do you think I should tell you anything?” Consumed by rage, the samurai draws his sword, and he’s just about to cut off the head of the roshi. Then the roshi says, “That’s hell.” The samurai, who is in fact a sensitive person, instantly gets it, that he just created his own hell; he was deep in hell. It was black and hot, filled with hatred, self-protection, anger, and resentment, so much so that he was going to kill this man. Tears fill his eyes and he starts to cry and he puts his palms together and the roshi says, “That’s heaven.”
Let’s go with heaven today, shall we? 🙂