The light on my car dash reads 15% Oil Life! I wonder how often we react to information that is displayed in front of us and how it affects our daily life? I purchased a new car that now has about 5000 miles on it, the message on my dash last week read 20% oil life. So I stopped at my local garage station and asked the mechanic to check my car’s oil, after checking it he said it was fine. That didn’t make sense to me since the message on my dash said I had little oil life left. I explained to him that it was important for me to know since I was taking a trip that weekend and didn’t want to damage my car. They assured me the oil was fine.
A week later the message on my car’s dash read 15% oil life and I now have an orange light on my dash and I’m worried. So here is what’s going on in my head. Did I purchase a lemon? Will I consistently have problems with this car? What if I drive the car and their is no oil in it, will the engine die? Can I make it the two miles to the garage station? Maybe I should pick up a quart of oil and drop it in my engine to be sure I am OK . Yes, believe it or not it’s all going on in my head. This time I went to a different garage and asked for help. I got out of the car to watch what they were doing and sure enough I got the same response that the oil was fine. The mechanic explained that the light is on to let me know that I will need an oil change soon and not that I needed oil!
Well that added unnecessary stress to my day, but in was small perhaps ten minutes! Where are we adding stress in our relationships and in everyday circumstances? Consider that our subconscious mind is the part of your mind responsible for all of your involuntary actions. Source: M. Farouk Radwan, MSc. I think of our subconscious mind as narrating every moment of our life and it’s time to take control!
Miguel Ruiz who wrote the four agreements says “Don’t make assumptions”. How often do we make assumptions in our life with our health, our partner and in general? In the book the four agreements Miguel Ruiz writes:
- Find the courage to ask questions
- Communicate often and clearly to avoid misunderstanding, sadness and drama
Ask yourself today.
Are you making assumptions with your health, your partner, your life? What’s going on in your head and how can you change the messaging?
Quoting Dr. Wayne Dyer: Change your thoughts, Change your life.