I read somewhere that in order to keep life simple, we have to get into the habit of making decisions so that no matter what happens in life we make up our minds to either change or accept. It isn’t the losses, the hurts or the fears that cause trouble in life. It is the refusal to make up our minds whether to accept it or change it. Staying in the middle leads to emotional turmoil. Making a decision will simplify anyone’s life. Today’s first reading was about Job. His usual reaction to problems or successes is “The Lord giveth; and the Lord taketh away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.” He kept life simple.
Another contribution to making life unmanageable is the danger of resentments. Almost all problems can be tied to resentments. We hang on to our hurts. We re-feel and re-feel the hurt, which complicates every action. It is amazing to what lengths resentful people will go just to get even. To simplify our life, we need to practice letting things go.
There is a new commercial where a meeting takes place to find the answer to a problem. One of the attendees suggests “blamestorming”. Are we blamestorming others for the problems in our life? If we are, expect to feel miserable for a while. Until you see your part in your own misery, you will continue to flounder around in a problematic life.
I don’t say I have all the answers. Perhaps I can say I have one. In order to make my life simpler, I need to make a decision about changing something or accepting something.