I am particularly struck by those who have been able to state their insights in a memorable and provocative manner - call it literary finesse. Try some of these on for size:
"To achieve something you have never achieved before, you have to become someone you have never been before…." Les Brown, motivational speaker
"You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you." James Allen, British author
"If you always think the way you’ve always thought, you’ll always get what you always got." Michael Michalko, author
I have been persuaded for some years now that it is what we think that has largely made us who we are - our attitudes, our fears, our beliefs and so much more. More important than yesterday, it is the platform from which we engage today and will engage our tomorrows – for good or ill. That latter part is most disturbing to me, our tomorrows, as I find I am not only taking on the world ‘out there’ in pursuit of my aspirations, but sense a saboteur operating from within as well.
I aspire, but then catch a glimpse of some shadowy figure in the background that seems to disbelieve, whispering words of doubt, and stirring up fears of unknown things I can’t quite put my finger on.
I sense I can overcome the ‘out there’ if I am one within myself, but less confident when I am confronted with ‘watching my own back’ at the same time.
Perhaps that is why I’m so often struck by statements from the movie The Matrix. I do believe there is an intentional confusion ‘out there’ and ‘in there’, a grand manipulation that seeks to obscure the actual from the perceived, the true from the false.
While the battle with the world out there is a daily one and challenging enough in itself, the one inside is a more difficult one. It is a conflict with one’s self, which is waged consciously and unconsciously, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, every day of every week for all the days of our lives.
So when Morpheus says to Neo, “I'm trying to free your mind, Neo. But I can only show you the door. You're the one that has to walk through it,” I am both ecstatic at the prospect and distraught at the same moment. I am Neo who sees that it is true but at the same time is not yet able to apprehend it, unable to make it his own reality.
Neo: “Okey dokey... free my mind. Right, no problem, free my mind, free my mind, no problem, right...” he says to himself as he attempts to self-talk his way over to the other skyscraper to which Morpheus had just jumped. It didn’t work.
Transforming our lives must always take place ‘in there’ – sooner or later, for lasting effect. We spend so much energy trying to change the ‘out there,’ but in the end we cannot hold the ground we’ve taken. I see it in me, in my children, and in the lives of countless people I observe or read about. Whether it is the person who loses weight only to regain it, or the lottery winner with millions who then proceeds to lose it all, it doesn’t much matter.
True change is from the inside, behind closed doors, in the mind. It can be a single idea locked in place, a word, an assumption. So insignificant in itself, but huge in implication.
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