Sunday, 18 November 2012

Despair


Despair: five points to remember when it strikes:

(1) How I feel never lasts.
(2) How I feel is not an accurate reflection of reality.
(3) How I feel tends to be magnified and disproportionate.
(4) I never have a problem. God has the problem. Or, rather, the opportunity. I have a role: a job to do today. And business to keep my nose out of, namely outcomes and external circumstances.
(5) If I'm attached to outcomes I am going to be unhappy, as I cannot control outcomes. Best, therefore, to deem all possibilities acceptable, on the basis that what happens is far less important than my response, and, with God, anything can be responded to with courage and cheerfulness. Provided I'm not telling God how I think the world should look.

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