Unpleasant burdens. Not uncommon to most. The monkey on your back. Any burden of thought, negativity, anger, judgment, emotions, grief, sorrow, sickness, depression, pain, etc. Negatively effecting our health in many different ways – sleeplessness, hypertension, infection, exhaustion, stress, plus a multitude of other ailments, if we let them.
Use your imagination as you read the poem below. It’s not fiction. It really did happen. Here goes…
100+ pound puppy sleeping.
I’m not sweeping.
Vacuuming close by.
I could easily get by.
Just a bit too close.
Panic stricken he rose.
Tail vacuumed up.
A frantic pup.
Walls, furniture, and doors beware.
He has been scarred for life, I swear.
My poor puppy knows what it is to have an unpleasant burden. Since this happened a few weeks ago, he is terrified of the vacuum cleaner. Every day, we work with him to overcome his fear. He has made tremendous progress through praise and reward. In another week or two, we are looking positively at him overcoming his fear 100%.
Do we do the same thing when we act and react to certain situations or burdens as my puppy? We most certainly do. Unfortunately, doing so affects our health negatively. This year I am determined to take on my unpleasant burdens with positivity. I believe that by doing so I will not miss out on a multitude of beautiful life experiences.
I came across this Bible quote that I felt was very appropriate for this post. As hard as it can be for me as a human to let go, I must never forget:
Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you;
he will never let the righteous be shaken.
I am not denying what I am going through – the circus remains very much in tact. I am overcoming my burdens without adopting the negative effects of my situation. Keeping my eyes turned upward, not outward, or inward.