Hi, and welcome back to Second Chance to Live. You are always welcome at my table. I have been reviewing some events that have taken place in my life that once created anxiety. In particular, each time I had to visit my dentist for a check-up or a filling. In the past I have had some anxiety leading up to the visit with the dentist because of the fear of the unknown. For many years I allowed this anxiety to create trepidation concerning my visits to the dentist. Several months ago I made the decision to face my fear and I came up with a plausible solution.
You may be curious about the solution, so I will share my secret. I win regardless. That is right. I made the decision to address the matter of visiting the dentist with the idea that regardless of the outcome; I would be empowered through the experience. Through adopting the perspective that I would be empowered through and beyond the experience, I was able to let go of my anxiety concerning trips to the dentist. As I took a proactive perspective I was able to trust the process. Consequently, I am now able to experience a new freedom because I decided to let go out the outcome.
Several month ago, I visited my primary care physician and because I turn turned 50 last May I was to have my first colonoscopy scheduled. Joy. Initially I had concerns and anxiety about the procedure. After meeting with the gastroenterologist and scheduling the actual date for the procedure I made the decision to adopt the attitude I had to visiting the dentist onto the actual procedure. As a result, when the time came to have the procedure completed I was at peace. Several days before the procedure I was talking with a close friend of mine and I mentioned what I learned through my visit with the dentist.
My friend was amazed and mentioned that the colonoscopy was a lot more invasive than a dental appointment. I tried to explain what I had learned about letting go of anxiety, but he did not seem to understand. My experience with the colonoscopy reinforced what I had learned through my dental experience. Per your information, the results from the procedure were benign. You may think that I have been a little too personal with what I have shared with you concerning my experience with the gastroenterologist. My interest is to share a personal experience with you to reinforce a profound principle.
Anxiety predicates itself upon judgment. When we chose to trust the process and a loving God we are released from the contempt that comes through our judgment. The illusion of our judgment too many times casts dark clouds over what would otherwise be considered a bright and sunny day. As I trust the process, I am released from my need to judge my experience through anxiety.
When I am able to let go of outcomes, I can experience peace regardless of the unknown. Through trusting the process, a loving God and that I am going to be empowered regardless of the outcome I am able to surrender. Surrendering empowers me to relinquish control over my anxiety to the process. Remarkably, as I relinquish control over anxiety my ability to experience peace increases exponentially. You may have matters in your world that trigger anxiety. My encouragement to you my friend as I need to encourage myself — surrender and relinquish control over your anxiety to the process. Let go of your need to judge your experience through anxiety because you will be empowered through your process.
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