“Now you look for one upon whom you can unload your burdens, hoping you can pass your grievances en mass to someone else. If you succeed through anger, spite, or meanness, you simply take on guilt and withdraw still further into your own misery. (A Course of Love, 7.12)”
Affirmation: “May I avoid misery today.”
1 – Unloading Burdens
Sometimes others unload their burdens on us. This is what happened to me two days ago. And I could not take it. I became even more stressed than I already was, from a stressful day.
2 – A Recollection
May I not make this mistake. I know that for years I did unload my burdens over breakfast, which we enjoyed at a diner. But that was a mistake, and I know better now. A Course of Love tells me so.
3 – Turn Inward
So how do we handle burdens? We turn inward, to the Christ within. We know that God is within as well, the All, the One of which we are a part.
4 – Sometimes Share Your Problems
This does not mean that we can never share our problems with other people. This would be taking the passage for today out of context from A Course of Love. We are in relationship to all others, and it is good that we share. But not to blame, and not through ill will. We need to recognize that these negative emotions are not worthy of a child of God. And such we are.
5 – Alternatives to Dumping on Another
So, share if we must–but not in misery and not in ill will. If we feel badly, it would be wiser to settle down and read inspirational literature, meditate, or pray. These are not new ideas, and we know that these ideas work. All of us know this, for we have followed religious ideas for a long time now. May we turn aside from the ego. May we just turn aside from stresses. We live in a sometimes difficult world, but this world does not have to be difficult when we attract the best to ourselves, and our gratitude for a good life is paramount.
As my life lengthens, I become ever more conscious of the need to surrender anew to You each day. When I do this, my day goes smoothly. And that is because I feel Your partnership. It is not because the day is any less stressful. The things that troubled me before just do not have the power to touch me now.
Be with me on this day. May I reach out to others to lessen their burdens. May we join together in trusting the universe to care for us. You are with us constantly; You are in us. May this knowledge keep us in the faith today.