Monday, April 30, 2012

What do you BELIEVE?

Last night, my daughter figured out that  I have been the "Tooth Fairy" all long.  She was looking through the vanity chest in the master bathroom and came across some of her teeth as she was getting ready for bed.  She asked, "Mommy, have you been the one taking my teeth and leaving me money?"  Before I had a chance to answer, she blurted out, "Does this mean the tooth fairy is not real?  To which I simply responded, "Yes."  No further explanation seemed to be required. 

However, her demeanor during our story time was very somber.  So, I asked, "How do you feel about knowing that the tooth fairy is not real?"  She said that it made her sad "because I liked believing that the tooth fairy was real." 

Afraid that her next question would be about Santa, I quickly added, "Well, God is real."  To which she promptly replied, "I know that."  I then said, "And, my love for you is real."  She smiled, snuggled into me and was asleep in no time.

The questioning began again this morning.  "Are you sure the tooth fairy isn't real?"  To which I cautiously replied, "Well, I'm sure that God is real and love is real."  Then asked, "What do you want to believe?"  She said, "that the tooth fairy is real."  I explained that we can choose to believe in whatever makes us feel good as long as it doesn't hurt us or anyone else, but we don't have to be afraid to change our beliefs.  When it doesn't feel true anymore, we can stop believing it. 

Her next question, "What do you believe?"

My answer was, "I believe that anything and everything is possible."

We often know when a particular belief is no longer true or a current job or other situation is no longer working for us.  It's not that we like our limiting beliefs, but they are what we use to justify our choices, actions and our current circumstances.  No matter how uncomfortable we may be, we would rather stay with the familiar than risk the unknown.  Yes?

But the beauty of uncertainty is that anything is possible. 

We don't have to share the same beliefs, but we can choose to believe in whatever allows us to live our lives more fully.  Within each of us, there is an inner compass that allows us to know what feels absolutely true... in this moment. 

Beliefs may change and that's also a good thing because it means that we are open to the infinite possibilities that are before us. 

Love to you,

Kathleen O'Malley

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