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Don't Resist the Unknown: Open Doors to Freedom & Joy

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Those who are not a source of annoyance to anyone and who in turn are not agitated by anyone, who are equal in pleasure and distress, and are free from fear and anxiety, such devotees are very dear to Me - Bhagavad Gita 12.15

Here is a short and motivational story on what we might end up losing because of fear. This story is from the great self-help book, ‘How to Be Happy, Dammit: A Cynic's Guide to Spiritual Happiness’ authored by Karen Salmansohn.

Don't Resist the Unknown: Open Doors to Freedom & Joy

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Dope on a Rope

A criminal who had committed a crime was sent to the king for his punishment. The king offered him choice of two punishments.  He could be hung by a rope in front or take what’s behind the big, dark, scary, mysterious iron door.

The criminal quickly decided on the rope. As the noose was being slipped on him, he turned to the king and asked:

“By the way, out of curiosity, what’s behind that door?”

The king laughed and said:

“You know, it’s funny, I offer everyone the same choice, and nearly everyone picks the rope.”

“So”, said the criminal, “Tell me. What’s behind the door? I mean, obviously, I won’t tell anyone”, he said, pointing to the noose around his neck.

The king paused then answered:

“Freedom, but it seems most people are so afraid of the unknown that they immediately take the rope.”

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Fear of Unknown

The best things in life come at the exit ramp of your comfort zone!

Too many of us are far too fearful about the unknown. But if you want to live your best life, you must embrace the freedom of picking new choices for being and doing. After all, it’s these new choices which can open the door to your ultimate success.

“Our lives are one long effort to resist the unknown.” - Alan Watts

Make the decision to finally take off those ropes that bind you – and blind you! Start bravely opening up those doors which lead to the unfamiliar. Opening up doors to the unknown is the only way to ensure you’re headed towards new opportunities, freedom, growth, and greater joy.

Great learnings on Fear & Worry from the book 'How to be Happy, Dammit: A Cynic's Guide to Spiritual Happiness’ by Karen Salmansohn.

Fear works like Interfear—stopping you from getting what you really want/need. All too often you have to be at the end of your rope to be tempted to move through your fear...and go for the unfamiliar, the unknown, to change.

Your enemies = your teachers. Your failure = your wisdom. Your mistakes = your lucky discoveries. Your conflicts = your growth opportunities. Your undesired endings = your desirable beginnings. Your grapes of wrath = your raisons d'etre. Your painful feelings = your proud proof that you are dealing with your feelings—head on!

The World is Your Mirror

Worry and doubt can actually be prayers and visualizations—and self-fulfilling programming—for things you do not want. The world is your mirror. Everything is created twice. What you have running in the programming of your mind eventually manifests itself in the outer world. So if you want to change your outer world, you must first change your internal mental programming. When you try to change the external world first, it's like trying to change the picture on a TV screen by rubbing that picture with a cloth. You can rub, and rub, and rub—but it's futile. However...when you change your mental programming—who you are thinking you are and what you are thinking you deserve—you find the world around you change simultaneously.

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