My friend, the notorious, much-adored, often-revered Buster McLeod, wrote a post recently where he addressed his problems as challenges, taking it a step farther and even greeting them as friends. To quote:
"I’m playing this new game in my head. Everything that seems like a
problem, I greet it like a friend! It’s fun! Hi, sprinklers! So,
you’re here to make me install you in our building even though we don’t
have enough money and have no idea how to do it? Hi! I love you,
sprinklers. It will be fun to see how that unfolds. Because I have no
idea how it will. It’s a big unknown how that will happen. And I like
the unknown. It’s not a good or a bad thing, it’s just a thing, and if
you act angry at it then it will get angry back at you. But if you
slap it high five and introduce it to all your friends then maybe it
will act friendly to you. That’s my current manic thought on the
manner anyway. I’m so glad I met you, sprinklers! Hi hi hi hi."
I think this is brilliant, either a) because it is or b) because I’ve finally gotten so close to my breaking point that this is the only glimmer of hope out there that might keep me chuggin’ along. I’ve been having this dream lately that I’m standing in the middle of a paintball game, unarmed, with a barrage of adversaries all gunning at me. Shots coming in every direction, I don’t know whether to duck, to run, or to stand still and just take the attack. I wake up with a start, still unsure on how to proceed.
There’s been a ton of talk lately about that book "The Secret". I haven’t read it (yet) but from what I’m hearing, it centers on the concept of active thinking, ensuring that what you are putting out in the universe is what you WANT to put out there. I’ve long been a fan of The Universe (Hi Universe! Thanks for all that stuff you’ve done for me!) and think this book probably follows suit. From the book:
"The law of attraction is a law of nature. It is impersonal and it does
not see good things or bad things. It is receiving your thoughts and
reflecting back to you those thoughts as your life experience. The law
of attraction simply gives you whatever it is you are thinking about."
So what we have here are two amazing concepts; combining both the power of your thoughts plus the embrace of your problems could lead to something phenomenal. Why not give it a try? I’ll start.
Hi, frustration with my job, I think you’re rad! I know that you’re making me learn from my boredom and feeling of complete and total worthlessness, and that in the future I will avoid situations that will make me feel like this. YAY, anxiety, I see you rearing your ugly head and I embrace the challenge of sleeping and eating and breathing – makes me a stronger Aubs! What’s up, boys? I know you like me and really, it’s super flattering but I’m just not feelin’ it and ya know, if you’re not feelin’ it, you’re just not feelin’ it. I KNOW there’s a girl out there who would find your doting, pseudo-creepy stalking attractive, so I’m letting you go forth and conquer while I go forth and do the same! After all, you need to sometimes empty your bucket before you can fill it up again, so bucket, thy are emptied. W00T!
And, to quote Buster,
"Hi plummeting personal doubt and self-hatred, want to go get an ice cream cone?"
With sprinkles, please.