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As is the wont of social media hounds, I received a non-sequitur, context-free message on Instagram today.
I don’t understand exactly what the question or situation was. But if I were to recreate it, the essence of it was this:
How dare you call me unlimited when even my government prevents me from feeding my family?
Here is what I can share:
Limitlessness is Not About Your Circumstances
These are complicated times. And in complicated times, we are typically more exacerbated than in easier, more free-flowing times.
Limitations. Restrictions. We see them everywhere right now. And everyone has been impacted.
No, none of us have been impacted equally. Some are making a little less money. Others have lost their job or home. And there are those whose health has been severely impacted.
So, given the circumstances, we begin to question our limitlessness.
What’s a little goofy about this is that there were limitations and restrictions before, even if they weren’t as severe. And we did not question our limitlessness then.
Your circumstances have nothing to do with your limitlessness. Here’s why:
Understanding Your Unlimited Nature
First and foremost, your unlimited nature can always be found within you.
If you try to go looking for it outside of yourself, you may not find it. You may be blind to it. But what you must remember is that you are the very image of god.
If you are the image of god, who is unlimited, then that limitlessness is surely inside you also.
We often try to look outside to prove to ourselves how unlimited we are. But this doesn’t work. Because it’s seeking permission for something you already are.
If you asked your parent, “may I have a cookie?” when you already have a cookie in your hand, your parent would look back at you puzzled.
We may feel less than limitless at times. But this only serves to remind us of our true nature, which is unlimited. Because we feel the injustice of feeling less than free.
But we can only feel less than free if we give other people, events, and circumstances power they do not have.We can only feel less than free if we give other people, events, and circumstances power they do not have. Click To Tweet
Your Creativity is Unlimited
If the problem cannot be solved one way, perhaps it can be solved another way.
You were given the unique gift of imagination, which is truly unlimited. You can go anywhere you want in your mind.
People just like you have come up with all kinds of inventions to solve their own problems. And some of those people have gone onto become wealthy beyond measure, because solving one person’s problem often means solving another’s problem too.
Is there a creative solution you have yet to explore? Have you tried thinking outside the box?
Do not get mad and say, “how can you say that in a time like this – I need an answer now!”
Now is the most critical time to begin to explore other ways of accomplishing what you need to accomplish. Because in times of difficulty, the tough begin to innovate.In times of difficulty, the tough begin to innovate. Click To Tweet
And remember that you cannot come up with unique solutions when you are provoked. You must calm yourself and then look at the situation with a clear head.
Further, difficulty was never a key ingredient in the innovation. But it served as a catalyst for the action. And sometimes we need the catalysts to begin moving in the direction we were already going.
Poking the Lion
Oftentimes, our knee-jerk response to challenges is protest.
But before taking any action, it would be best to evaluate the wisdom behind poking the lion. I will tell you that there is none.
If you improvise a battle with a lion, the lion will surely win, as it’s a born predator. Unless you are a skilled and experienced warrior, surely you will be defeated.
If the fight with the lion is inevitable, then it would be better to strategize before entering the battle. Coming up with a plan. Preparing the personnel and the resources. Practicing execution.If the fight with the lion is inevitable, then it would be better to strategize before entering the battle. Click To Tweet
And, indeed, if everything progresses as it has been progressing, then a fight with the lion is inevitable.
But you want to be prepared. To be shrewd and wise. To be calculated in how you fight.
Much the same way questions and answers are on two separate wavelengths, so are resistance and solutions. What you want to do is align yourself with the wavelength of the solution rather than the resistance. If you align yourself with resistance, no solution will be available.What you want to do is align yourself with the wavelength of the solution rather than the resistance. If you align yourself with resistance, no solution will be available. Click To Tweet
People, events, and circumstances can leave us feeling discouraged and less-than. It happens to each of us in this experience. Charmed lives do not exist. No one is exempt from people, events, and circumstances.
But we have a choice. The choice is in the meaning we create around the people, events, and circumstances. Amazingly, we can change the meaning we attach to anything, long after any of it has manifested.
Just because you say you are no longer unlimited because something happened to you does not make it any less true. Whatever happened left you less than powerful, but that’s because of how you interpreted the situation.
Interpretation can happen rapidly and subconsciously. But as I said, you can choose your interpretation after the fact.
You do not need to know that you are limitless. Because you already are. The question is, will you let people, events, and circumstances make you feel limited?
Shh… Don’t tell anyone. Only the cool kids are talking about it.
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