My belief system has changed
In my early twenties, I made a list of the goals I wanted for my life, and I believed goals were always achievable. In fact, I achieved all those goals. In my late twenties and early thirties, I entered the life coaching profession. As a coach, I taught people to say affirmations, create compelling goals, and change their belief system, so they could have the life they desired. I taught that with the proper belief system, enough hard work, and persistence, you could truly have the life you wanted. I thought if you’re a good person, life would treat you fairly. I thought if you treat people with kindness and care for the environment and animals, bad things wouldn’t happen to you. Logically, I knew bad things could happen but thought if you’re an honorable person, life would treat you fairly. I also thought prayers work, and miracles could happen.
Then Reg died. Everything I had believed went right out the window. What I had thought and taught people didn’t work. Reg said daily affirmations or at least looked at them. We worked on changing his belief system, so he believed he could cure himself of cancer. He had shoveled snow for the elderly neighbors. He was the guy at work whom everyone asked for assistance, and he always helped them. He had treated people with fairness and respect. We volunteered at the animal shelter, and we did hospice for dying cats. We once had a cat with advanced kidney disease who could no longer use the litter box. Reg allowed her to sit on towels piled in his lap. She would pee on the towel, and he would lift her up. He would change out the towel and put her back in his lap. He was that caring, compassionate, and loving.
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