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"It would probably be fair to say that most social problems are result -- directly or indirectly--of someone's low self-concept.
Not too many years ago, I was going through a dark time in my life. So what changed? Was it outward circumstances? Did my environment change and with it my inner experience? No.
Somehow I knew that for things to change it would have to be me who would have to change. It would be an inner transformation that would eventually alter outward experience. Some of things I did unconsciously. Others were done with deliberation."
Mr. Angier goes on to state that he removed himself from people who had been critical and found he gained a better perspective. He read books of inspiration which gave him hope. He saw a therapist. He focused on his strengths, talents, and knowledge. When he felt negative thoughts coming on, he'd redirect his mind to something else. No more pity parties were indulged. He kept busy, not knowing what his future would bring - he took one day at a time.
"And each day I did what I could to clean up my messes, make things better, keep my focus forward instead of backward and keep faith. It was my faith in Universal Spirit that helped me get through this 'winter of discontent'. I believe that everyone has a unique purpose and I was determined to discover mine. God doesn't make junk."
Michael ends article with this: "You're either building yourself up or tearing yourself down. There is no status quo when it comes to your self-image."
I hope that these two pieces have opened up your thought patterns and will encourage you to release negativity, junk, or emotional baggage you may be harboring and lugging around. Release it into your visualized nightly junk pile, or write it down and then burn or rip to shreds piece of paper, or go outside and vent it verbally while letting breeze carry it away. May you find peace and increased energy.
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