“The kind of thinking that will solve our problems will be of a different order to the kind of thinking that created those problems in the first place.” ~ Albert Einstein
A few months have passed since I wrote my last post, What If There Is No Blueprint for Your Life. At the very end of that blog post I promised that we would uncover 5 key principles, or axioms by American psychiatrist Dr. Milton Erickson that could revolutionize our lives.
According to the Oxford Dictionary, the word axiom comes from the Greek and means: “that which is thought worthy.” Revolutionize on the other hand means: “to effect a radical change in.”
To that end, what if these 5 principles, or axioms by Dr. Erickson have the ability to effect a radical change in our quality of life because they offer us new glasses through which to see ourselves and others? As Albert Einstein suggests, you and I need a new kind of thinking, a new model of the world, if we desire to evolve through our present problems.
Axiom #1: People Are Okay As They Are
Breathe deeply and slowly as you allow this first axiom to resonate within your heart, mind and body. What might your life look like and feel like if you could move beyond all the critical thoughts and words of self-judgment and condemnation?
What if rather than trying to change your partner, friend, or colleague, you fully accepted them for who they are today? I realize these are not easy words. Maybe you, like me, are good at loving a couple people with all their bumps and bruises, but there are a dozen others who simply get under your skin! And maybe, when all is said and done, the hardest person for you to accept and love, is yourself.
What if today, you are okay as you are?
What if today, your spouse is okay as he or she is?
What if today, your child, or your teenager is okay as they are?
What if today, your perceived enemy is okay as they are?
Today’s Unitas Project:
- Wherever you might find yourself today, I invite you to gently and passionately repeat these words to yourself: “Today (your name), you are okay as you are.” Maybe you would like to do this first thing in the morning as you look in the mirror, or maybe on your commute into work, or perhaps before you go to bed. Whenever you choose to speak these works, speak them believing their truth.
- As you repeat this axiom for the next few days, ask yourself afterwards: “what do I notice is different now?”
Until next time…
Be You. Be Unitas.
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