Welcome to A Life Examined

What is the examined life? A life worth living! As I look at the road ahead, I take all the baggage from the past and use it as experience - the pain and the passion, the sorrow and the joy - allowing it to carve wisdom into my mind and hope into my spirit.
There is no experience that can't be useful to me at some point in my life. There is no lesson learned that cannot make a contribution to the future.
A tiny drop of water is a part of the ocean. A tiny speck in the night sky is a ginormous star in the distance. It all depends on perspective.
So, this examined life is to offer reflections in the hope of discussing things which are of value to myself and to others.
Love, Sarah

Friday, 16 March 2012

Raccoons in the Attic

How is it that, when we have certain disfunctions in our thinking, we either chatter incessantly, sharing our inner turmoil indiscriminantly - to try to keep from exploding perhaps - or we keep them tucked deep inside, hoping noone will discover our neurotic thinking patterns, keeping a 'together' face and demeanor?
The truth is, none of us can avoid irritating thinking patterns that point at self doubt or even fear. But what we do with those thoughts is key to how we develop and interact with others.
Acknowledgment comes first, but then we can pin down those thoughts and command they be bound 'in Jesus' name' and by faith, they will be.
Try it: a jealous thought, a deep fear - these 'thoughts' can be made captive by our will, and with a surrendering of our will to God, the thoughts will be left far behind us as we stroll into peaceful thinking and confidence in Christ.

As for the title of this piece: for the time being we literally have raccoons in our attic - they saunter late at night. We tried putting amonia where they get in. Apparently they hate the smell and it is a deterrent. But this one - or family - seems undaunted. So what shall we do next? Trap them I suppose and then set them free elsewhere, far enough away so that they won't make their way back to our home.

And that's what I suggest about negative, baseless fear and anxiety. If a stench won't stop oppressive thoughts from plaguing you, then trap them, surrender them to God, trust Him and leave the thoughts far away so they won't find their way back into your mind.

Happy thinking!
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