What Concerns You?

What concerns you right now?  About anything… Personal, business, health-related, financial?  Whatever it is, are you thinking about it constantly in the back of your mind?  You know that little thought that is always popping up when your mind is on the move?

Maybe it’s something really pressing on you that you need to deal with right now.  Maybe it’s causing you a lot of pain, either physical or emotional.

Well, here’s something to think about when we are concentrating on some challenge or concern in our life…  What if a more painful or pressing situation came into your life or your consciousness?  How would you feel about the first issue?  Is the first issue seeming less painful now? Less pressing now?  Less severe now?

Recently I encountered a situation which made this concept vivid to me.  I had mixed up my morning shake drink and was reaching for my supplements.  One of them seemed to have the gel caps all stuck together in the bottom.  So, of course I took hold of it and proceeded to tap it–actually whack it on the fleshy part of the inside of my hand just below the thumb… the part that has the arthritis in it… Well, did I see stars!  Wow, it was excruciating!

As I was dealing with the feeling, which was probably within the first minute or so, suddenly the glass with about 6-7 ounces of my shake slipped from my hand and spilled onto the counter.  Guess what I stopped feeling and thinking about?  I was too busy doing damage control of the thick liquid spreading around the counter to even think about the pain in my hand.  As soon as I noticed this reaction, I laughed and realized that our pain or concern is really a relative thing.

So what are you concerned about now?  If you replaced your thoughts about it with something else, would you still be as concerned?  And by the way, let’s think of replacing our concerns with something better to think about.

2 thoughts on “What Concerns You?

  1. Debbie V.

    My chief concern now is my parents. They are elderly, still living at home, my dad has had moderate-level dementia (doesn’t recognize family now) and my 86-year old mom is worn down by caring for him. I live 4 hours away. We’ve tried a couple of things to provide help, but so far, no go.
    So, I do agree with your basic tenant of way the hierarchy of concerns works, and I do give thanks for what is good right now. It does offer some relief, until I’m on the phone with my mom who is desperate.

  2. Jacquie Harkema Post author

    That certainly is a challenge and so many people are dealing with these types of things. I guess we just do the best we can to do whatever we can to help. My best to you in this situation.

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