Normally I like to create my own posts, however occasionally I find something that bears repeating.
Acting on the basis of what you believe is what brings about the
conditions of your life and the degrees of happiness you have
experienced. Physicist and author Fred Alan Wolf, Ph.D.,
observes: “There is no ‘Out There’ out there, independent of what goes
on in our minds.” Take the story of Max. Max owned a thriving
sandwich shop. There were almost always people waiting in line to eat
at his little shop. He gave away free pickles, free potato chips,
sometimes a free soft drink, and his sandwiches were famous for being
One day his son, who lived in a distant city, came to visit. They had a good visit, but as the son was leaving, he told his father, “Since I’ve been here, I’ve been observing how you run the sandwich
shop, and I have to tell you for your own good that you’re making a big
mistake giving away all those extras. The country’s economy is in bad
shape. People are out of work, and they have less money to spend. If
you don’t cut back on the free items and on your portion sizes, you’ll
be in a bad way before long, too.” His father was amazed, thanked his
son, and told him he would consider his advice.
After his son left, Max followed his son’s advice. He stopped
giving away free items and he cut back on the generous portions of food
in his sandwiches. Before long, after many of his disappointed
customers had stopped coming, he wrote to his son: “You were right!
The country’s economy is in bad shape, and I’m experiencing the results
of it right here in my sandwich shop!”
The poor economy that the man’s son saw all around him was real.
Despite the poor economy, though, the father had been running a
successful sandwich shop. He didn’t realize that times were hard, that
many people were out of work, and that money was scarce. He was
treating everyone with great generosity and he was reaping the rewards
that such actions always bring: a positive, generous outpouring of
good things. But after his son told him about the “bad shape” the
country was in, he began to act as if it were so, bringing about the
only possible result–a negative, fearful, ungenerous experience of
life, an experience that he believed was “out there.” Was it “out
The answers are never “out there.” All the answers are “in
there,” inside you, waiting to be discovered.
You are like a railroad switch. Each time an event occurs, you
channel the activity onto the positive or the negative track. Even
though the event hurt you or took something away from you, you are
still in charge of channeling it onto a positive or a negative track.
You determine its future outcome.
Have you ever had anything happen to you that seemed really bad at
the time but later turned out to be beneficial–experiences where days,
weeks, or even years later, you said, “That was the best thing that
could have happened to me!” Everyone I’ve ever posed that question to
has been able to remember several events like that.
It’s time to look at all events in the light of that information. Learn to see that perfect truth now, in every situation. Condition yourself to see it at
the moment each event occurs, and happiness will become your constant
companion. You will save countless hours, days, and weeks of useless
lamenting over situations that will always turn out to be for your
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