Humans are remarkable. We have the ability to observe reality and document its existence by writing it down, freezing it for all time. This includes the things we see in the physical world, and also things in the emotional world.
This ability can also be seen as something unchecked. We can “document” things that don’t exist! Or another way of saying it, “the only evidence of existence is in the content of our words”.
Examples? Hmm… All of scripture tells us that God cannot lie. Yet I can write that “God lies”. I suppose that is proof that I am not God.
Another example is when I write, “that thing is entirely hopeless”. It is not true! Hopelessness is not loosed in the world! But we can create the concept, we can deceive others into thinking that it is hopeless, by using words.
The more that I ponder the concept, I see that hopelessness is a false reality entirely created by man, either in frozen words or live action. Hopelessness is not in nature, it is a pessimistic view of reality.
How often are reactions based upon things that don’t exist, or more accurately, only exist in the construction of our thoughts and words? Truly, we are challenged to use discernment far more often than should be necessary.
What can we do about this? We can make a conscious effort to not be a party of the creation of things that do not exist. Ha, if only I had a good list to remind me.
Okay, the first thing is to make your own list.
1. In every challenge there is a seed of hope and encouragement.
2. Is it true? Or is it an opinion?
3. What is the evidence?
4. Is this something that I can know, or must I trust others?
5. My desire for truth is greater than my ego.
6. I practice to know the difference of when I am open or when I am closed. My desire is to remain open.
7. Our public posture should be positive, there is enough natural negative to go around.
8. Even the immoral can choose good.
9. Do not wait to be perfect.
10. It’s not about me.