Life, The Greatest Ride of All
by Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein
5 Apr 2004
Life is the greatest roller coaster ride we will
ever take. The ups and downs, the unexpected changes, the twists and
turns, are all a part of living. The roller coaster ride of life can
be miserable and uncomfortable or exciting and rewarding. Our states
of mind and body are key factors in how we handle these changes. The
problems of life do not go away magically. We have to consciously work
on making our lives more positive and joyful.
Once in an ENCHANTED SELF workshop, one woman
related a story about her Thanksgiving dinner. She had recently
suffered a painful and unexpected breakup with a boyfriend. Although
she was experiencing grief, she had a strong inner desire to reclaim
her sense of self and move forward with her life.
It was interesting to hear her speak about the
family meal. As she looked around at her extended family seated at the
table, she became filled with love and felt the love reflected back
towards her. It was then that she made a conscious choice to stay
focused in the moment, to remain in a loving state and to share that
love with those around her.
There were some inner struggles during the course of
the evening because Thanksgiving held poignant memories for her
involving her ex-boyfriend. When these memories surfaced, she
deliberately chose to put them aside. After the family gathering, she
confidently exclaimed, "I won!"
Her conscious decision to remain in a positive state
of being, coupled with the feelings of love that she felt toward
everyone, were the most critical factors in staying focused in the
moment. She had triumphed because she did not succumb to feelings of
depression and pity. Like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz when she clicked
her heels and said, "there's no place like home," she
realized that the things she was searching for -- strength, love and
happiness--could be found in her "own backyard."
The support and love that comes from our family and
friends, as well as the inner strength we develop when we get to know
and accept ourselves, was right there.
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