... Change will just take tooooooo long."
"I don't have time to change ..."
"I'm getting too old to change -- can't teach an old dog new tricks."
Ohhhhhh yeah. Been there, done that. Still creeps up on me.
And so I ask myself this question, posed by Dr. Dyer: "If you wish to elevate your life, it really doesn't matter how long it takes, does it?"
Let's say it takes me two years to focus on a particularly limiting thought-habit, become aware of it, examine it, expose it, question it, and have it replaced with truth. After those two years, I shall be 50. I'm going to be 50 in two years regardless, whether I still have that unexamined thought-habit or not. Why *not* spend those two years in more freedom, rather than passively allowing the continuation of limitations?
And -- good news here -- so far, when I've set out to uncover a limitation (to expose a lie), it's *never* taken two years...! In my experience, the moment I intend to replace a lie with truth, the process begins, and whether it happens in a moment (ala Theophostic or The Work, or a God-download), or it happens over time, the truth and resulting freedom are *inevitable*.
If I intend it, it happens, whether my intention is to change, or to remain entrenched. Make no mistake, thinking "I *can't* change" is an intention that becomes reality...!
One thing I'm becoming more and more aware of ... is that we all only live in the moment. The past is gone - the future never comes. My *MIND* may travel to the past or future, but it's only happening in the moment-at-hand. The question is, how do I want to spend the precious moment-at-hand...?
I notice that I built negative habits (of thought or of deed) one moment at a time. So, too, can I build new, positive habits.
Stop -- did you just have the thought, "Yeah, but I have to become AWARE of my negative thought-habits - if I'm unaware, than I'm stuck!"
Do you realize that that's an excuse? A limiting belief? Do you realize you have a *choice* in what you think, and what you believe?
Do you WANT to become aware of your limiting, negative thoughts...?
Have you expressed this, to God and yourself?
Do you realize that you are here, were led here, to read this, which is reminding you that you have, and can become aware of, your own negative thought-habits...?
Do you see that the process of freedom is happenING, right now, this moment?
Do you see, or can you entertain the possibility, that you ARE on the path to freedom...? Can you choose to trust that process, to thus participate in that process?
Like the blossom that gives way to the fruit, you just have to BE.
And ... is it your business to lead you into truth, or is it the business of the Spirit? Can you trust Him? do you?
If you don't yet, do you know you can choose to trust...?
To quote the Tao Te Ching,
"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."
What can you do/think/question/believe in THIS present moment, that aligns you with that journey...?
Try imagining that you ARE on that journey, because you have the desire to be ... and know that God gives you the desires of your heart (He both gives you the desire in the first place, AND brings it about to fruition).
Bloom on! Be fruity!
(Next: "If I change, family drama will result!"