I can’t recall the exact words of Anthony Robbins….but they pertain to why we do things certain ways…we gain either pain or pleasure from our actions. Whatever the stronger emotion is, it will control our lives.
I remember asking myself why would one want to continue living in pain. Pain isn’t a choice…..or is it? Can our actions which create pleasure really conquer our actions which cause us pain?
I wanted to seek pleasure instead of keeping myself in pain.
I gave in to the medications prescribed, which were a personal lifesaver. My therapist helped me to control those obsessive thoughts, and I had room in my mind to deal with other things…..such as living. I’m not referring to the various thoughts which cause anxiety. The thoughts I’m referring to are about what I have no control over. I must focus on what is happening at this exact moment.
The recent election has caused me to face obsessive thoughts again. I think the most prevalent thoughts begin with “what-if”…..and they have almost been my undoing.
This Thanksgiving, I have a lot to be thankful for. Of course, my family, shelter, food, and friendship are all at the top of my list. However, this last year I learned how to live. Many times I have been standing with my toes over the proverbial edge but I learned how to step back. I am stepping back from this election and waiting to see what will happen, then I’ll act.
We don’t know what will happen until it happens. We can’t control a what-if, we can only do something about right now. Right now, I choose pleasure and peace of mind. Right now I can move toward a what if with knowledge learned in this moment.
Pain does not equal pleasure – Anthony Robbins
I hope you live this moment with pleasure.