Miracle #38 - All Minds Are Joined
About two years ago my husband developed a habit of watching the news after he climbed into bed. It was always BAD news, and the commentators arguing with one another annoyed me to no end.
I would be in the bathroom getting ready for bed, listening to the sounds coming from the bedroom, and getting tense. My thoughts went like this:
Why does he have to listen to that crap?
Why won't he change the channel?
Why doesn't he choose something I like?
It is never productive to ask "why" in these situations.
I decided to employ the lessons of A Course in Miracles and changed my mind about the situation.
I tried tuning the sound of the news out.
I tried telling myself that it didn't matter.
I still felt annoyed.
Then, I decided to consciously focus on my love and appreciation for my husband, instead.
I thought about how he had worked hard all day, commuted for two and a half hours, and ought to be able to relax however he pleased before bedtime.
A strange thing happened after a few days of this - he switched the channel and began watching Westerns every night!
Wow, I thought! That's an improvement.
But after about a week of listening to cowboys shooting and killing each other in the other room, I found myself getting aggravated again.
I continued my gratitude practice, focusing all of my attention on my own thoughts and feelings, determined to repeat my lesson - God's will for me is perfect happiness - and not get distracted.
Another strange thing happened - my husband switched to the SoundScapes music channel!
I swear, I never said a word to him.....
He has not stopped listening to relaxing music before bedtime since then.
And I have not stopped believing in miracles.
Thank You, Holy Spirit
Therefore, seek not to change the world, but choose to change your mind about the world. - ACIM Text, Chapter 21