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The Meaning of It All
from the June 2006 Star Beacon
One of my favorite
board games has been Trivial Pursuit, in which you match wits with your
opponents based on your knowledge of certain facts. I used to score best at
the Arts & Literature and Science & Nature questions, but did poorly with
Sports & Leisure and Entertainment. I haven’t played the game in years, mostly
because no one I know wants to play it with me. My sons complain that most the
questions are aimed at Baby Boomers, which puts them at a disadvantage. My
husband doesn’t like the game, period.
What would really be fun
would be to modify the game to Metaphysical Trivia. I could really get
into that. Just think of the categories you would have. Instead of History,
Entertainment and Geography, you might ask trivial questions in the UFO
category, or the Channeling or Great Psychics category. Would you be able to
answer a question such as “Name the Fire Signs in Astrology,” or “What is the
purpose of the fifth (throat) chakra?”
I was startled when I
came across the quote at the beginning of Chapter 27 in Neale Donald Walsch’s
book, Home With God. The quote, by God, reads: “Most human beings
are focused most of the time on things that do not really matter.” I found
that most intriguing.
And when you really think
about it, it’s true. We do spend the majority of our time on trivialities. So
often we bypass the important, meaningful part of life by focusing on what
we’re going to wear, what we’re going to eat, what people are going to think
of us, and we nitpick about every little thing... and when it comes right down
to it, none of it matters.
It’s sort of like sifting through all the junk mail. You end up throwing out
most of it because it doesn’t serve you.
Speaking of junk mail, I
work at a job where people call in to ask to be taken off the company’s
exchange list. We give them that option when they become subscribers of the
newspaper. Some people get really irate because we had the gall to trade their
name in the first place, and they blame us for all the environmental junk mail
that comes to them.
“How dare you trade my
name?” Talk about triviality... I wonder what really ticked them off that day
that they had to call in and take it out on us!
Have you ever had days
when every little thing seems to go wrong, or annoy you? If you stop and think
about it, how important was it, anyway? What really matters in your life? Is
getting angry about your mate putting the toilet roll on backwards worth
raising your blood pressure? Is your bad mood ruining your day because the cat
hacked up a hairball on your favorite chair? Are you peeved because that
annoying solicitor made you get up and answer the telephone in the middle of
My point is we worry too
much about little things that don’t matter. When you’re having an “off” day,
just sit outside on the porch awhile, chill out, and count your blessings. My
favorite escape is a short walk in the woods with the dog. Soon I am
surrounded by loving trees, a caressing breeze, fragrant grasses beneath my
feet, a clear blue Colorado sky, and the kiss of sunshine on my skin. All
those trivialities in life just melt away, and the importance of my being
Returning to Nature is
wonderful therapy when life gets you down. Another might be a hot bubble bath,
or putting on some soothing music you enjoy. Sometimes just getting away by
yourself for a few minutes can do wonders.
Once you realize you are
dwelling too much on the trivialities of life, you can focus on what
matters... love, joy and peace. It’s there. It’s been there all along. You
only need to recognize it and allow it back into your life. And when life’s
“junk mail” gets in your face, simply recognize it for what it is and file it
all in the “circular file” of your imagination.
Remember, what we focus
on is what comes into our lives. Try this exercise: The next time you feel
fear, anger or frustration, immediately concentrate on something you’d like to
happen in your life... focus on something you are wanting... and it will push
away the negative thoughts and bring the desired situation or object closer to
you. This is the Law of Attraction, and it works.
Ann Ulrich Miller is
publisher of The Star Beacon.
Copyright © 2006 Ann Ulrich Miller
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