Brother Eddie is 85 today. I telephoned to wish him a happy birthday and asked him was he doing anything to celebrate. I am looking after this old lady beside me, she can’t do much after her stroke and now that she has broken her wrist she can’t even use her walking stick.
He sounded miserable.
Aren’t you lucky Eddie, I said.
What do you mean, he replied.
You have someone to love and look after and she loves you all the more because of all that you do for her, what more could you want, I said.
There was silence for a moment, you could almost hear his brain whirring, and then
You’re right, he said.
Long chats with two of my daughters over the Christmas period resulted in them passing on their firmly held beliefs about negative thoughts. One said ‘turn it around’ the other ‘flip it’.
It’s easy to pass on the message not so easy to put it into practice. I try to do my best.
(How to get the best out of everything, Flip It by Michael Heppell)
(Byron Katie at http://www.thework.com)