Take a nice deep breath and relax, and now follow through this mental imagery below.
You’re in your house. You are walking around your living room. You’ve got your car keys in your hand, and then all of a sudden the lights go out. Total power failure. You can’t see a thing. You start to stumble around in your living room, bumping into furniture, and you trip on a rug and drop your keys to save yourself from falling down.
You stand still, and attempt to get your bearings again. You take a few steps back, and start squinting around the room to see if you can find your keys. But the room you are in is very dark, and the chance of your finding your keys without some form of light will be minimal. You look out the window and notice down from your property a street light is still on. So, in your mind a light bulb goes off and you say to yourself, “I’m not going to sit around here in the dark and grope for my keys in the dark when there is a light on outside. I’m going to go out there under the street light and start looking for my keys from there”.
You’re now there under the street light looking for your keys, and then you see a neighbour from down the road. “Hey, what’s a matter? You OK,” he says. “I dropped my keys,” you replied. The neighbour then says, “okay, not to worry, I will try and help your find them”. The two of you are now scanning the road and yard under the street light for the keys. The neighbour then asks, “excuse me but where abouts did you drop your keys?” You say, “well um, I dropped them in the living room in house”.
He starts rubbing his head in confusion, “you mean to tell me that you dropped your keys in the house and we’re outside looking for them here in the street? That doesn’t make any sense,” he says. “Well, it doesn’t make any sense to grope around in the dark when there’s a light on out here, no does it,” you exclaim.
…At this point in the story, you as the reader are probably laughing as how ridiculous this scene looks. But isn’t that exactly what we do when we have a problem, or struggle in life that originated on the INSIDE of us, and we start looking for our solution outside of ourselves?
You’re the one with the struggles and challenges, and you keep on expecting something outside of you is going to make things better or change, and then your life will be back to the way it should be. This is something we all do from time to time, but should always take a hard look at. Self-deception is real, let’s remember that the path to solving most of our problems in life will always lead inwards first.
Merry Christmas spiritual warriors!