Last week I told a friend I didn’t know what to do. I explained I might need to find a more knowledgeable expert in treating the conditions I am trying to resolve in my body. Knowing I have been suffering for more than a decade, she didn’t exactly disagree. She simply suggested I already had everything I needed to continue to move forward.
A few days later with another friend, it happened again. After telling him I would need to think about what to do in regard to a particular situation, his reply surprised me. “I think you already know!” he exclaimed with conviction.
He was right. I did already know. In fact, in both cases, when I focused my attention on my sufficiency—on what I already knew—the answers became clear.
As I began to ponder this habit of acting inadequate and confused, I wondered where it came from. Had I lost touch with my inner wisdom because I have been conditioned to be a consumer? Have we all?
Deferring to what others know
This strange habit of deferring to others seems to be most prevalent when it comes to caring for our health. As an example, I recently heard someone say, “My doctor has me on prednisone.” I wondered why we talk like that. Why don’t we say “I’m taking prednisone.” Is it because it wasn’t our decision, but our doctors?
If so, when did we move from asking doctors to recommend what we can do to heal ourselves, to handing over all responsibility for our body to someone who doesn’t even live in it? It doesn’t seem to matter whether we ascribe to a conventional or natural approach to healthcare. We still—myself included—want someone else telling us what to do.
Even when we take the time to research solutions on our own, we often end up in the same boat. There is so much information out there, it can be difficult to know who and what to believe. It doesn’t take long before we throw our hands up in the air in exasperation. “Trying to figure out what to do is making me crazy!” we exclaim. “It’s impossible!”
It’s as if the abundance of information available to us on the internet has made us doubt ourselves. With so many options and opinions bombarding us, our own voice of reasoning is drowned out. Overwhelmed—and afraid of doing the wrong thing—we end up doing nothing.
Distracting from what you already know
Yet, even though we don’t know everything, I keep coming back to this: we all know something. We may not see the whole picture, but we often have a clear enough picture to take the next step forward. No matter who we are, or what our situation may be, every single one of us almost always knows the next right thing we ought to do.
The problem is, we resist doing it. We tell ourselves it’s too difficult. We tell ourselves it might not work. Or . . . we distract ourselves from taking action by telling ourselves we need more time, more information, more wisdom – more of whatever we think we need before we can begin to take responsibility for ourselves.
Instead of trusting in our sufficiency, and accepting we hold the key to our wellness, we insist on looking elsewhere. Instead of taking one small step in our commitment to ourselves, we expend huge amounts of energy running all over the place searching for the answer in another doctor, another book, or another supplement.
I’m not saying we shouldn’t consult healthcare professionals, or read new books, or try new supplements. But if we’ve already gained knowledge from previous sources that we still haven’t committed to integrating into our lives, we are only distracting ourselves. We are stalling because we are resisting doing the next right thing.
Acting on what you know
Swallowing a pill, or finding someone who will tell us what to do, is easier than taking responsibility for ourselves. It takes effort to slow down, to listen to our inner wisdom, and then to act on what we hear. In fact, it’s so much easier than making and keeping commitments to ourselves that we are tempted to go that route time and time again.
Yet, hoping, praying and searching for answers, while make excuses for not taking the next step forward, is what is really making us crazy. The reason it is making us crazy is because it is crazy! We deceive ourselves thinking we are waiting on God, but more often He is waiting on us.
So let me ask you this: What is the next right thing you know you ought to do to take responsibility for your wellness, your finances, your future, or your life? What knowledge have you still not integrated into actual learning by committing to change your thinking or your behavior? Whatever it is, no one else can do it for you. You alone hold the key.
Just like my friends reminded me I already knew what I ought to do, I’m reminding you. It’s time to trust and act on what you already know. It’s time to reclaim your power and your responsibility.
Remember, you don’t have to know everything. Just do the next right thing. When you do that, while leaning into God’s love, you can ask for wisdom and move forward in faith convinced He will get you where you need to go – and beyond!