Happiness Challenge Day 11

Your attention is your most valuable resource.

This is Day 11 of a process designed to help me focus on feeling good.

I want to feel good all the time.

But I can’t keep score along the way. And I don’t want to go back and tell the story of where I came from and why I want to feel good.

At some point these justifications and explanations and score-keeping only serve to remind me of the past.

Why remind ourselves of the past? At first it might feel good to say “look how far I’ve come” but even a positive reminder still keeps that reference point alive in our minds.

I’m beginning to realise how valuable my attention is.

We can only focus on one thought at a time. Telling the story of how I used to feel might not be a bad thought, but aren’t there better-feeling thoughts I could be focusing on instead?

I’m getting better at picking thoughts that feel good. I’ve even drafted and redrafted this post because I keep wanting it to feel better and better. I have a tantalising sense that something far far greater is on its way.

So without keeping score, but maybe keeping track: at the end of day eleven I’m feeling very very good.

4 thoughts on “Happiness Challenge Day 11

  1. Darby Bible Translation
    Be not careful therefore for the morrow, for the morrow shall be careful about itself. Sufficient to the day [is] its own evil

    Matt 6

  2. Look at the Seven Deadly Sins of Western religion. Each of them (lust, envy, greed, gluttony, etc.) expresses a type of possessive power that overtakes the partaker. The Seven Virtues on the other hand, express selflessness on the part of the recipient: kindness, gentleness, patience, etc. Notice also that the Sins are mostly self-experienced, but the Virtues require another person in order for them to be realized. This follows Jesus’ teaching:

    “I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.” (Matthew 9:13)
    Sacrifice can be done alone, but mercy requires that one reach out beyond oneself and consider others and their needs

    Edgar cayce stuff

  3. “Happiness is love of something outside of self. It may never be obtained, may never be known by loving only things within self or self’s own domain.” – Edgar Cayce

  4. Watch ye therefore, because ye have not known in what hour your Lord doth come;

    43 and this know, that if the master of the house had known in what watch the thief doth come, he had watched, and not suffered his house to be broken through;

    44 because of this also ye, become ye ready, because in what hour ye do not think, the Son of Man doth come.

    45 `Who, then, is the servant, faithful and wise, whom his lord did set over his household, to give them the nourishment in season?

    46 Happy that servant, whom his lord, having come, shall find doing so;
    matt24

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