After getting up this morning, I looked at the temperature on my cell phone and the screen says it is 33 degrees in Live Oak Florida. It looks like the message this morning is that it is going to be one of those cold frigid days. I guess a question I can ask this morning is how the frigid climate is going to affect life today. While thinking about the forecast, one of the realities that I am aware of is that I cannot ignore, change, or, fix cold weather. Nevertheless, I can detach myself from the feeling of being cold by getting under a warm blanket and create a level of comfort in my own skin, no matter how cold the weather forecast seems to project it will be.
Something learned here is that weather conditions or forecasts do not define reality inside of life; they only project conditions that as described by a point of view. A critical issue about cold weather is not so much the temperature itself, but the sensations associated with cold –or how we feel about it. Some people love cold weather, want to live in it, play in it, and work in it. One reason that some people thrive in a particular climate is that they enjoy the conditions and feeling that it brings. Thinking about this intuitively recalls the idea that there are beliefs that we have about life conditions that bring a perspective to life. If perspective is skewed by negative feelings attached to events, what is felt in the moment will distort perception about possibilities. The result from a forecast that is felt in a given direction will influence the quality and quantity of accomplishment present and future events.
So often, it is neither the truth nor the facts about the future that motivate behaviors, it is how we feel about events and what we believe to be true –whether it is or is not true. Apply this to presidential candidates: Whom do you feel like will be the nominee for the election process? Most likely, your answer will reveal what you feel is true, an emotive process based on a believed precept, accepted to be true from the forecast that heard. Then, it is true that felt perception influences beliefs predicting how behavior demonstrates in actions. A good exercise in intuition is to ask; what does behavior say about t individual –core beliefs held to be true?
So, how did I get from weather to presidential politics? It is not the forecast that is so important. It is what we feel to be true that determines held-beliefs about the information seen and heard about presidential candidates in 2012. A truth contained here is that this can be a cold year or a warm year. However, a reality follows is that we can have success in the cold or it can be a warm and seasonal year of prosperity. The difference is in how we feel about what we hear in the forecasts, how we feel about that, and what actions result.
Consider a biblical example. In the first chapter of Nehemiah, consider two different perspectives. First, look at the perspective of the people who reported to him. Their lived experience was pain, destruction, and ruin. They saw the city in ruins; Nehemiah saw a city with potential to be great again. The application comes like this; felt-experience does determine a point of view. A perception that shows not only deeply felt belief, but also the important and powerful impact of how what we believe shapes response to life-events.
Nehemiah’s perspective reveals a point of view that communicates that even though there was a negative forecast causing grief, he made the choice to detached himself from the painful emotional consequences in order embrace potential in what could be by embracing a future beyond the forecast, beyond the pain, and beyond the distorted forecast painted by negative circumstances. A point that well taken is that deeply held beliefs will shape reality into lived-experience today
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