I continue to be mystified by the addiction of the world at large of needing to categorize everything as “good or bad.” We spend more time than should ever be allowed on judging people, events, circumstances…even the weather…as good or bad. Living in the midwest has proven to be somewhat of an ordeal this winter (not that other places haven’t had their own ordeal with which to contend). Complaining about the weather is commonplace this winter. Winter is “bad”. Summer is “good”…unless of course it’s too hot and we forgot how “bad” the winter was and wish for it to be cold again.
One restaurant is bad, another is good. One political party is bad, another is good. One country is bad, another is good.
There is a way, a very simple way, to rid oneself of this addiction. “Thankfulness in all things.”
If you’ve been following my blog, you know I teach Nia. I end each of my Nia classes with “Gratitude in ALL things, no picking or choosing, and Let Love Command.” Every Nia class ends with these words. My life and how I live it is based on the four words, “Thankfulness in all things”.
There’s just no sense in complaining about something over which we have no control. What if it were ALWAYS winter? Would life be one constant judgment of the weather being bad? How absurd.
Be thankful for ALL things. Being thankful automatically eliminates the addiction of labeling anything good or bad. There’s a line from the movie, Army of Darkness — “Good, bad, who cares, I’m the guy with the gun.”
And my smoking’ gun is “thankfulness in all things.” Good, bad, who cares? It is what it is.