As we navigate our way through life’s journey, our minds focus on many different things that we encounter throughout the day. No day has the same challenges which keeps our thoughts going from one life event to another. This morning as I drove to work, I thought about many things starting by asking myself, “what have I forgotten?” Like an airplane pilot, I went through my checklist: wallet, cell phone, lunch, coffee mug, a brief concern about each grandchild, what projects should I start working on first today. By the time I arrived at work, my attention had focused on so many different things my mind was worked into a frenzy.
Our free-flowing, unrestrained thoughts tend to move toward the most demanding problem, the most demanding concern, or the most demanding situation. Often times our focus gets absorbed by a given problem, circling round and round in an attempt to solve it.
Our energy level is drained away from other matters by focusing so much of our attention on the negative. A great way to renew your mind for life’s challenges is the ability to share your feelings with someone worthy of your trust. Prayer and the presence of an affirming friend can provide you with the peace of mind you seek and will help you focus your mind on the things that are most important in life.
A renewed mind is “presence-focused.” We should train our mind to seek faith in every moment and every situation. Sometimes you can find faith in your surroundings: in the beauty of the morning sunrise, in the chirping of birds singing to each other, in a loved one’s smile or sometimes in a breath of fresh air. At other times, you must look inward and nurture your inner self and faith to find assurance.
So as always never give up, never give up, never give up!
By Chaplain Ghosten