Sometimes, shit happens, and I get injured. I always have three choices how to deal with the injury:
1. I can make a huge drama out of the situation, which gives it power; and the pain or condition gets magnified and I have to do something to get rid of it by praying for healing;
2. I can dismiss the experience as nothing and it becomes nothing;
3. I can apply the Then and Now principle to the situation. By this I mean, if I hurt myself at 10.01 am, I remind myself that there's no need to carry the pain to the next minute as the next minute is a new now with no injury or pain.
As I was walking, I twisted my ankle. For a moment, it felt like I had sprained it then I dismissed the experience as nothing. Even though my ankle still felt sore, I continued walking until about a minute later the pain was gone.
Later in the evening, when I was watching a TV medical drama with my mother, one of the characters twisted his ankle and had to be taken to the hospital.
"That reminds me, I actually twisted my ankle earlier today," I said.
"Really?" mum said. "How does it feel now?"
"Are you sure it's OK?" she said.
"Come on, mum, it's me you're talking to! You don't seriously expect me to still be in pain, do you?"
"Oh yeah, I forgot who I was talking to," she chuckled. "Are you sure you don't want a pain killer?"
"Very funny!" I said. "Why don't you just call me an ambulance?"
Mum picked up the phone and pretended to call the ambulance and I glared at her in mock annoyance.
Much later, as I was doing the washing up, I accidentally scalded my thumb with boiling water. (Like I said, shit happens!). This time, dismissing the experience as nothing didn't work. It was only when I prayed that the pain be removed that my thumb stopped hurting.
All things are nothing until I give it meaning which makes the nothing into a something. The only reason why I'm making a big deal out of these "nothing" experiences is just in case someone finds it helpful.
Every moment is a new opportunity to experience a new me.
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