Thursday, September 16, 2010

"Faithing", Peter, and me

Peter's books are amazing, but how can I read while I drive? 
(I've seen people try to read while driving, and believe me, it's unsafe and quite cringe-worthy to watch!) 

I found a soothing solution. Lately I have been listening to "You Can't Afford the Luxury of a Negative Thought"  on CD.  Peter's quiet confidence has a way of numbing my nerves while the traffic traps me like the tentacles of an octopus! 

It's impossible to list all the things I love about this CD series in just one blog. One of Peter's concepts really clicked with me yesterday, and I'd love to share it with you. 

Peter calls it faithing.  This Peterism describes taking things in stride, knowing that everything will turn out for the best.

I used to live my life frozen in fear. I seemed to do the opposite thing: I always imagined the worst possible scenario happening.  When that scenario didn't, I felt relieved, but the relief was fleeting.  I'd go on thinking negative, destructive thoughts.
 
Like so many other Peterisms, I wanted to apply what he taught, not just listen to him spout a string of pretty words.

So, last night, I arrived at a brand new venue where no one had heard me perform my music before.
I set up my musical equipment and no one was there.  I noticed I began to think negative thoughts.  (This is huge in and of itself-I used to think negatively and not even notice when I did!) I stopped myself, and began faithing.  I closed my eyes, and I imagined people being drawn to th strains of my voice.  I imagined seats being filled. I imagined a splendid experience.

Surely enough, as I faithed, faithed and faithed some more, the audience appeared like spring roses.  They were supportive, attentive and really got what I had to say..(or should I say, sing?)   I embraced every single positive thing about this evening: my being alive and healthy. The moon hovering above; the  lanterns flickering, couples cuddling, and me, faithing..  

2 comments:

  1. Jennifer Brown BanksSeptember 16, 2010 at 5:43 PM

    Great post. "Faithing" is something we should embrace daily in our life's journey.

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  2. Thank you Jennifer! :) Beautifully said, I am with you 100%, girl!

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