It’s Not Always Easy to Walk Our Talk

I had an experience earlier today that I want to share with you.

I haven’t mentioned this before, but we’ve been working on a deck of cards with quotations from Lessons from the Source that we’re calling Wisdom Cards for the Soul. The process of putting them together has taken a long time, but they’re finally ready for production.

For the last few weeks, I’ve been feeling down in the dumps, as folks from my generation used to say. Members of my family have been going through some very challenging life situations, and I’ve allowed myself to feel increasingly sad and discouraged about them, even though there’s nothing I can do to help other than to send prayers and light and healing energy (which, of course, I’ve been doing).

I went through a period in my life where I was diagnosed (accurately) as being clinically depressed, and I remember how that feels. Some of that feeling had been creeping back in lately without my being consciously aware of it. But several friends have commented recently that I didn’t seem to be my “old self.”

Well this morning I was going through the Wisdom Cards one last time just to be sure they’re perfect from my perspective (that’s one of a number of areas in which my human mind still has a tough time letting go of the need to be in control) – and suddenly the quote on one of them jumped out at me as if it were the first time I had seen it:

What are the factors that disturb your peace of mind and heart? They are factors that you have given the power to do so. In and of themselves, these people or conditions or circumstances have no power over you – unless you grant it to them.

Yep, I had been allowing myself to give away some of my power to these situations without even realizing it. And that’s so easy for all of us to do.

How many times have I read Lessons from the Source and thought how powerful that quotation was? How many times during the 35 years I’ve been receiving teachings that remind us of the truth we all understand has that same basic message been repeated in one way or another? And yet I had forgotten it.

The good news is that something about reading those words again in that moment was like being hit over the head with a cosmic two-by-four, and I suddenly could feel the gloominess falling away. As I write this, I’m actually feeling joyous and enthusiastic – for the first time in quite a while.

I’m guessing many of you have had similar experiences. It’s so darn easy to forget who we really are and get caught up in the illusions of the world (that can seem oh-so-real to our human minds), but it can also be easy to come back to our center when someone or something gently reminds us of the truth we already know and understand intellectually.

Walking our spiritual talk isn’t always an easy journey.

3 Responses to “It’s Not Always Easy to Walk Our Talk”

  1. Patti Halter says:

    It seems you and I -though we have never met, have many similarities in our lives and outlook about life.

  2. Jack says:

    Thanks for your comment, Patti. I think all of us have similarities of one kind or another in our life experiences that we’re not aware of. My hope is to begin finding ways in which we can begin sharing them and talking about them. Many blessings.
    Jack

  3. Gwen Lepard says:

    So right on, Jack! Glad you’ve bounced back. I know that with my dad passing, not even a year ago, that it was tough for a time to be joyful. However, I was able to find joy even in the grief and move back to my default of being joyful rather quickly. Feel those feelings and as you quoted above: “What are the factors that disturb your peace of mind and heart? They are factors that you have given the power to do so. In and of themselves, these people or conditions or circumstances have no power over you – unless you grant it to them.” Taking my power back, now! Love and Joyful Regards, Gwen

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