When Shove Comes to Push, Believe!

Smooth Sailing

Where are you right now? Are you being pushed, pulled, shoved, or maybe buffeted by storms? Perhaps you’re drifting along, with no wind in your sails, looking at your reflection in the water wondering what snag will you hit next. Or are you having the time of your life heading exactly where you’d like to be feeling as challenged and as peaceful as you’ve always dreamed of being?

If you’re sick, believe that you will get better. If you lost love, believe a greater love is coming to you. If darkness surrounds you, believe that sunshine will follow. If you haven’t got much, believe that plenty will flow to you.

And so most of us do. When push comes to shove, we believe. We pray, we beg, we change, and we do what we thought we weren’t capable of.

But here’s a thought. When you’re healthy, believe that your good health is your natural state. When you’re loved, believe that you cannot be any other way. When the sun is shining, believe that the sun shines every day on you. When you have wealth, believe that you deserve abundance. Continue to believe even when you’ve become who you wanted to become, when you have what you wanted to have, and when you have done what you wanted to do. When shove comes to push, believe! When push comes to smooth sailing, believe even more!

Our egos will come up with all manner of concoctions in defence of status quo, even when we don’t like where we are. We will delay taking action listening to others belittling our ambitions, or listening to our own limiting beliefs telling us that it all smacks of religion, new age or personal development. But what if it’s all true no matter what anyone says? Walt Whitman said, truth is simple, if it were complicated, everyone would understand it. I believe that deep down we are all truthful, and we all understand it.

I invoke God or higher being when things go wrong and yet when I choose to do so in gratitude at times of smooth sailing my mind rebels. When I seek more goodness, I fear I’m ungrateful. When I strive for more, my mind accepts others’ opinions that I should settle for less. And nothing wrong with less. But when where we are is not where we want to be, everything is wrong with status quo.

What we do with the good in our lives is what we do with the bad. We want the good, and we want what is best for us. If we’re sick, we seek help. If we’re alone, we look for companionship. In rain we expect heat, and in summer we yearn for coolness. In retrospect it all seems well. We recall the good, but subconsciously we heed the bad. We look at our good experiences and yearn for more of them. Yet we learn from our falls and burns and as a result we can fly high and sometimes we’re twice shy about new things.

The truth is we don’t need a tragedy to remember what matters. For some what matters most is health, family, prosperity, for others freedom, adventure, exploration or being different, being oneself. For most of us it’s a little bit of everything.

There is no greater ambition than to be living. To be living is to be believing. We prefer smooth sailing to adversity, but the only way we appreciate smooth sailing is through adversity. Let shoves turn to pushes and let pushes turn to calm, but don’t let up believing in the wonder that you are.


    • I appreciate your kindness and warmth you shared with me. It makes me so happy to hear you enjoyed my thoughts as much as I have enjoyed your amazing energy emanating through your writing. My next post will be dedicated to this. Keep on being an inspiration!

  1. I so love this post.. and so believe in giving thanks for all even when (nay, especially when) things are going along so swimmingly.. a constant reminder not just to ask and thank and believe when I find myself in a moment of despair or sadness. When shove comes to push, what a wonderful way to put it… Thanks very much for visiting my blog too πŸ˜‰

    • I appreciate your love and your heartfelt thanks giving, please continue to shine yourself onto this world through your words and your thinking. Love to you!

  2. Link: http://www.mybelief.systems

    I’ve just launched my new social network called “My Belief”. The My Belief social network is intended to provide such people, wherever they may be and whatever they believe and hold dear, something that they may not have in their own neighborhood, town or country: companionship; mutual support and fellowship; free exchange with those who share (and those who do not share) their beliefs; an outlet for discussion and a vehicle for expression and understanding; the resources that a community of friends can provide; and a forum for sharing their beliefs, hopes, goals, ambitions, frustrations, and opportunities with other interested people, as similar or as different as they may be. The My Belief social networking site will offer consumers a new, full-featured, and entirely unique social network – one based on the personal beliefs – religious, scientific, philosophical, social, moral, political, economic, psychological, historical, etc. – that various individuals espouse, oppose, wonder about or have an interest in, or would like to represent to others or engage with others in discussion. The My Belief social network would act as a worldwide virtual clearinghouse for all manner of beliefs and belief systems, not only enabling people of the same or widely divergent beliefs to encounter and converse with one another, but also – through member polls, sampling of members’ opinions, and internal data collection – serving as an accurate, global gauge of which beliefs are most widely held, by what groups, and where. Given the inescapable fact that the quality and trajectory of our lives depend almost entirely on the nature and strength of the core beliefs that inform, shape, and determine our character, thoughts, and behavior, the My Belief social network has tremendous potential in the worldwide, Internet-based market. Not only do believers of all stripes and persuasions wish to express and share their beliefs, they also want to know what other people believe, and why – and this is where the My Belief network will be so valuable and informative. Beyond serving as a worldwide clearinghouse and discussion-room for the enormous variety and number of beliefs that motivate the individuals who collectively constitute the human race, the My Belief network would also serve to promote the sort of tolerance and understanding that might well make the world a more respectful, peaceful planet.


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