I choose the joy of God instead of pain.
It is your thoughts alone that cause you pain. Nothing external to your mind can hurt or injure you in any way. There is no cause beyond yourself that can reach down and bring oppression. No one but yourself affects you. There is nothing in the world that has the power to make you ill or sad, or weak or frail.
These words from this lesson need to be taken to heart. We/I need to do so for healing purposes. As like everyone here, I issue blame to others for my discomfort. I had this recently where I had to take responsibility for my own schedule and need for boundaries. No one “takes advantage” of me unless I give permission. My permission is given because of a lack of clear delineations. I accept my mistake and made corrections.
It is my own mind causing the pain. My own perceptions and my own judgments. As I am deeply honest with myself, I can see I was the source of the pain. No one else was. The power in this is once I realized I can make another choice. I do not know the outcome that will occur by doing so with, in my case, this client. But that does not matter. What matters is the mind healing that has taken place. I need suffer no longer in pain and now can fully accept the gifts of joy, peace and love from God.
P.S. Listen to my Living the Lessons podcast episode for this lesson as I expanded a little more on what I wrote here. See link below.