This is great!
On the “not-so-great” side of things, I’m still finishing up book 3 of 11 and feeling slightly panicked that my self-designed timeline is not being adhered too. Flip side, this fabulous book, Birthing in the Spirit by Cathy Daub has just come along in my life exactly when I have seemed to need it most! Yes, ideally she has written it to enlighten childbirth educators, but I tell ya, it’s been a life-saver for me during these last few weeks. And each time I start to panic that I’m so far behind on my self-induced schedule, I pick up to read again, and find something even more inspiring to put into practice in my life right here and right now.
So this one chapter is about fears and worries. Of course, she is talking addressing a woman’s fears and worries going into birth and parenthood, and the physiological disadvantages one could have from withholding such (fears and worries). But so much of what she writes can relate to any person in any given path of life they might find themselves on right now. She opens each chapeter with little quote from someone famous, or in this case an unknown author. I went back to reread this passage this evening, and thought it might be a great thing to pass along to family and friends. It’s a great little tid-bit written much like the 10 commandments, but ever-so-much wiser if you ask me : )
Thou shalt not worry, for worry is the most unproductive of all human activities.
Thou shalt not be fearful, for most of the things we fear never come to pass.
Thou shalt not cross bridges before you get to them, for no one yet has succeeded in accomplishing this.
Thou shalt face ach problem as it comes. You can handle only one at a time anyway.
Thou shalt not take problems to bed with you, for they make very poor bedfellows.
Thou shalt not borrow other people’s problems. They can take better care of them than you can.
Thou shalt not try to relive yesterday for good or ill – it is gone.
Thou shalt concentrate on what is happening in your life today.
Thou shalt count thy blessings, never overlooking the small ones, for a lot of small blessings add up to a big one.
Thou shalt be a good listener, for only when you listen do you hear ideas different from your own.
It’s very hard to learn something when you are talking.
Thou shalt not become bogged down by frustration, for 90 percent of it is rooted in self-pity and it will only interfere with positive action.