I was rinsing some woollen sweaters in the laundry and gazed out of the window to see our 80 plus,year old neighbour up the ladder trimming his cyprus hedge.Collecting gardening gloves and pruning shears we hurried to help out. I was hoping to get the neighbour from the high hedge. Leigh was given the other ladder so he could tackle the six foot high hedge from the other side.
Our neighbour was delighted to see us, not to hand the job to another but
It was for him an opportunity to talk. I was then more worried he would loose concentration and step off the ladder.
So often another author puts my thoughts so clearly.
Professor Kurt Tepperwein in his book Think and Heal says
“Be kind to the people around you, take time to listen to their worries. Let them talk to you about their dreams and their needs . Try not to think too much of your problems. Instead focus on helping others as much as you can, you might be surprised to find that by helping others, you can actually help solve a lot of your own problems, especially when you realise every positive act carries its own reward.This is because positive actions liberate positive forces in the person performing those actions. When applied judiciously and with awareness, this principle becomes a source of well being and health.
As long as you keep concentrating on your own problems and worries, they will remain a part of you.
“It is only when you can see a health problem, (or any other problem, )”for that matter “objectively exactly for what it is , i.e. as disturbance of your inner harmony, that the power of positive thought can work to your advantage.
So when you can gain an objective( no emotion or feelings involved) view of your problems they must disappear of their own volition.