Understandably, We are also always eager to find tools, techniques and ideas to better our lives.
Don’t believe me? Just visit the self-help section of your favorite book store. There you will find volumes of works on managing relationships, losing weight, saving your marriage, advancing your career, growing your business, quitting smoking, finding a mate, performing better at sports, getting a good night’s sleep, parenting your children, finding balance in your life, planning for retirement, investing wisely, choosing the right college, improving your sex life, thinking positively, getting people to like you, overcoming your fear of public speaking, being more assertive, surviving a divorce, ending an addiction and awakening your spiritual self.
I could go on. But I think you get the idea.
Now, I am not saying that there is anything wrong with psychology and self-help books and programs. I have read thousands of these works and I have written several self-help books and developed many self-help programs myself.
In order to better my own life and to help my patients to better their lives, I am always searching for and interested in simple ideas that we can easily understand implement into our lives to make things better.
Recently, I came upon an idea which apparently originates in Buddhist thought. The idea is very simple. “Everything changes.”
This is a useful idea when we feel stuck, mistreated, in a jam or when we feel that life is treating us unkindly. We can forget the fact that life is dynamic and that it is always moving. What is terrible now could be gone tomorrow.
Embracing the idea that things will change can remind us of the importance of being flexible, patient and optimistic because life is really is in a state of change all the time.
So, the next time that something upsets you, remind yourself that this is probably is a temporary condition and that “this too shall pass.” Fast forward a few days, weeks or months and this event or situation could be feel like ancient history.
Moreover, we can also play an active role and make shifts in our thoughts, feelings and behaviors to facilitate, nurture and energize some of the life changes that we would like to see happen.
Jay P. Granat, Ph.D. is a psychotherapist, author and founder of http://www.stayinthezone.com He has been featured in many major media outlets including Good Morning America, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Here is a link to his stress management program. http://stayinthezone.com/shop/manage-stress-with-self-hypnosis-meditation-visualization/
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