“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”
I’m betting most of us feel like we don’t have as much power as we want. But we always have power. We have the power to change our thoughts. There are all kinds of words in our heads making up our thoughts. We can change the thoughts by changing the words. The journey of changing an attitude, can begin with changing a single word. Like changing “I can’t” to “I’ll try.”
Now, some people (like my friend Yoda) don’t like the word try. But sometimes try can help move us from, I can’t to I can, or at least from, I think I can to Maybe I can….. Let me just try this one little step and see what happens.
We have the power to smile or laugh or cry. We have the power change our rate of breathing. Most of us can take a deep breath, but even if we can’t, because we might cough or something, we can take a slower, longer breath. It’s amazing with a few slow breaths can do.
We have the power to ask for what we want. We might not always get what we want, but we can ask. And of course, if we try, we usually find we get what we need. We have the power to accept what we cannot change, and we have the power to keep fighting the good fight. We can choose what to encourage, even with a smile or a nod. And we can decide how much attention to give to things we don’t like.
We have the power to love ourselves and others, even if we have to love some people from a distance, we can always pray for them and for ourselves.
Even when the electricity goes out, we still have power. We can light a candle. We can sing a song. We can tell a story. Let’s make it a good one.