The Miracle Of Not Taking It Personally

A Course in Miracles Prayer
I can’t believe it’s already week 3 of my month of love for my happiness project. It’s going by really quickly. Last week I mentioned that for my resolution on self-love I would be working through May Cause Miracles: A 40-Day Guidebook of Subtle Shifts for Radical Change and Unlimited Happiness. This book is basically a guide on how to work A Course In Miracles into your daily life. I expected it to be a powerful force in my life. But I didn’t expect it to be so powerful so soon.

So far the daily affirmations, meditations and journaling exercises have really helped me. One of the most powerful things I have noticed is that when someone treats me in a way that would normally just piss me the hell off, I’m able to just let it go. I’m able to have compassion for the other person and not take what they have done personally like I normally would. We are all dealing with our own shit, you know? And that’s okay. People aren’t perfect and that’s okay.

This shift, of not taking things so personally has made a HUGE change in my level of happiness and my energy level. Taking things personally really saps your energy!  I’m loving May Cause Miracles and I’m pretty sure that once I finish it I’ll go ahead and buy A Course in Miracles.

The other major “aha” moment I had will really make you laugh. So, you all know how I hoard craft supplies? And jeans, and books…. Well, yesterday in the shower and I a completely random epiphany where I realized that I hold on to things because I am afraid that If I need them again later in life, I won’t be able to afford to buy them again. Now the fact of the matter is, if I haven’t used something in 5 years, I’m probably done with it for life. So I should just donate it. But aside from all that stuff cluttering our home, that is a MAJOR limiting belief. I am so happy to recognize it and I’m ready to move on. There will be major house cleaning and donating going on in our home this weekend. You can bet on it. (My mamma will be so proud.)

So, let’s chat. Are there any books that have changed your life lately? Tonight I’m going to see Danielle Laporte speak and I’m getting a copy of her book The Fire Starter Sessions: A Soulful + Practical Guide to Creating Success on Your Own Terms. I’ll report back next week.

Now dear friends, don’t forget this is a bloghop, check out the other bloggers and their happiness projects and please, feel free to join in!

The above prayer is from A Course In Miracles.

16 Responses to The Miracle Of Not Taking It Personally

  1. I’m convinced. Buying this book tonight (hopefully there’s a kindle version) and starting it in my work trip to Denver this weekend. I need to stop taking things personally. I take EVERYTHING personally!! Eek! It’s exhausting and it makes me miserable in my job. Thank you for sharing this!

  2. Okay, I’m ordering May Cause Miracles TODAY. I’m so inspired by this! and I can’t wait to hear more about The Fire Starter Sessions. Gah I love this stuff 🙂 xo

    • haha me too! I’ve been meaning to order The Firestarter Session for a while now so when I saw she was coming to speak and it came with a copy of the book I kind of figured that it was the universe dropping a teacher into my lap.

  3. I LOL’d a couple of times in this one, but I’m glad the project is valuable. Meeting authors is always so cool to me, hope you are having fun. I read Successful Women Think Differently by Valerie Burton at the end of last year and it was really touching to me that she was able to put into words some of my most inner thoughts but then again, I guess that’s why we all write.

  4. I just love this post. A couple of months ago, I heard a message from Joel Osteen that has changed the way I deal with people’s attitudes dramatically. He said that often times people are dumptrucks looking for other people to dump all their mess on, and sometimes you just need to let them do it…and move on. Profound. I never take anything personally anymore especially if someone is having a bad day, and most times you have no idea what is happening in their life. I can go on and on about this 🙂

    I did some decluttering and a lot of donating as well in the last few months, but I have got a TON to go. I think I let go of things that I know I should let go of first, thats round one, letting go of the things that I NEED to let go of, yet don’t quite want to is round two.

  5. I try not to take things too personally but sometimes it’s hard. It just depends on the situation. Sounds like a very interesting book.

  6. I LOVE this and I may need to purchase this book. I sued to take a lot of things people do or say personal, but now I don’t. I, like you, realize that I feel such a burden of relief GONE. I used to hoard on to a lot of things too, for those same reasons, but a couple years ago, I decided to just purge. I’ve been that way ever since.

  7. That is too funny…when you asked “Are there any books that have changed your life lately?” the first thing that came to mind was The Firestarter Sessions, which I read for a couple hours yesterday! I wasn’t sure how I felt about it at first, but I have gotten really into it. She guides you through some great thought-provoking exercises. And I kinda like the way the book is formatted. Hope you like it!

  8. I’m going to go get this book! Thanks for the recommendation. A book that I love is called “10-10-10” by Suzy Welch. It’s a book about making decisions and I find it has really helped me set my priorities, not second guess after I’ve made the decision, which contributes to my overall happiness!

  9. I love this post. It’s so true, everything you say.

    Two things: My mom did the took A Course in Miracles and it changed her life. I haven’t gotten into it, but I know it’s the good stuff.
    Next, the Firestarter Sessions book has absolutely changed my life. I found Danielle’s twitter randomly one day, which led me to her website. That woman is incredible. After literally 2 minutes on her site, I bought a copy of her book for myself and my mom. Somehow the book got burried in our move and I hadnt touched it until a month and a half ago. I’ve been reading it every chance I get ever since, and honestly, I’ve read a few chapters 2-3 times because I just want every ounce of wisdom to soak in. It makes you realize that sometimes your attitude is EVERYTHING. This includes your attitude about not taking things personally 🙂

    xoxo, fabulous post & yay for you and your life right now

    • I need to meet your mom one of these days!

      I haven’t done any of the worksheets from The Fire Starter Sessions yet but I think that when I have time to really sit down with them they are going to be really helpful. Have you done them?

      I wish I would have known sooner you were into her!

  10. Your mama is indeed proud! De-cluttering is great, but what I’m really proud of is all of the positive changes you are making in your life, your great attitude, and how well you express yourself on this blog. I love reading all your posts (although sometimes I get a bit behind in doing so 🙂 What more could a mother ask for than to see her child happy and progressing?