Let’s dig a little deeper into the subject of our last two posts on acceptance and living by universal law. Because as Ian pointed out, we can’t always control external things. And we can’t shape people to our liking. We have to accept both people and circumstances as they are.
What we have total control over is the internal things…
We get to choose our desires, passions and thoughts. We shape our liking to other people. And we mold the inner world of our mind and reconcile it to the external things. Or as my friend W Mitchell so eloquently says, It’s not what happens to you, it’s how you choose to respond to it.
Nowhere was this more apparent to me than when I was visiting Japan two weeks ago. Earthquakes by the dozens, a horrific tsunami, and more than 20,000 perished. Nuclear reactors melting down, radiation in the air, and contaminating the food supply. Tens of thousands still displaced and in shelters. It may be decades before people can return to some of those areas.
Yet the shibumi, tranquility, and dignity they choose to respond to it all was inspiring. (It actually led me to record the next Prosperity TV from there, on this very subject.) There are a lot of prosperity lessons for us in all this.
You can’t avoid the turbulence of the world, but you can overcome the riots of mind. The duties, obligations and challenges of life may claim your attention, however you can rise above the apprehensions and anxieties of them. You can be surrounded by noise, yet know abiding peace.
That’s the real work of prosperity. It’s not about earning money, finishing projects, or acquiring things. It’s about rising above the turmoil and becoming your true nature – becoming prosperity.
You up for that?