Things are Closing in, Enlarge the Horizon
we are struggling with a difficult problem, we rightly tend
to focus on it. We box it in, contain it, separate it out
from our more generalized attention so we can really see it.
This is fine, as long as our focus leads to action. But if
no action is possible and we are still focused, our focus,
instead of ending in action, ends in itself. We end up in
the box with the problem, separated from everything else,
and wonder why we feel like things are closing in on us. Things
aren't closing in; we have allowed a prudent problem-solving
mechanism to become an end instead of a means to an end.
way out is the same as the way in. We can come out of the
box into our general life. If our problem is one of poor health,
for instance, we can expand our awareness to include the resources
of our family, our accomplishments, our spiritual life. We
can expand our awareness in terms of time. We can see the
problem, not as a separate time frame, but as part of an 80-year
life-span. We can look at the small wild things in nature,
at the grand mountains or the endless sky and see that no
one problem is bigger than life itself, and life is always
on our side.
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