Affirmation: Perhaps I cannot control the wind but I can adjust the sail.
While attending a family wedding, I was seated next to someone I had never met before. For me, that's always an opportunity to learn something new. This woman was delightful to talk to and we quickly got on the subject of facing our fears, of doing those things that we find challenging. She shared that she had many challenges in her life and she had several sayings that had helped her through them. The first one she shared with me was from Eleanor Roosevelt: “You gain strength and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the things you think you cannot do.” It reminds me of Picasso, “If someone tells you, you are not a painter, paint.” But, the one she found the most helpful was: Perhaps I cannot control the wind but I can adjust the sail. She said she framed it and put it where she would walk past it several times a day.
She had created an affirmation and she had discovered a way to let it seep into her unconscious. And, she indicated that it had worked for her. She had faced her challenges and she was well on her way to a fuller, healthier life.
When we create an affirmation, we are adjusting the sail. We are adjusting our sail. We are putting it up into the winds of life and steering it in a direction that will benefit us. Life is full of breezes and storms. Why not do everything in our power to set our course the way we want it to go? Write out your affirmations. Put them where you will see them and read them daily, or as she did, several times a day. They will take shape and help you sail into a life full of meaning and blessings.