The sum of the data points does not always equal an obvious conclusion. Evidence can be misleading. Evidence can be confusing. Individuals looking at the same facts may legitimately reach different conclusions. Evidence can also support twisted thinking. When the conclusion one reaches from examining the evidence leads to destructive behavior, my experience suggests that the evidence was either incomplete or misused.
On a marine fog laden morning, I find myself connecting the dots of my life. In certain cases, the evidence may be clear, however I am not sure what it means. Knowing the facts does not mean that one is living in the present. Understanding the data does not mean that I have accurately assessed the past or the present. Linking past to present is not easy, automatic, or always accurate. Even in the uncertainty, I would suggest that the following approach to the evidence will help anyone, myself included, live within the present.
First, be open to what life is telling you. Just because the data seems to tie together, do not rush to a conclusion. Just because the data may paint a dark picture, do not assume the worst. Just because there are fears, doubts, and uncertainties in your life, do not let the facts align themselves and reinforce a bias or preconceived conclusion.
Second, be willing to live with whatever life gives you. Life is about living in the present. It is never about finding the easy path. Difficulties, challenges, and pain are inherent in everyone's life. Living in the present is about more than just the negative.
Third, look for opportunities to express the values you hold most dear. Life only goes one way. Windows are your and my opportunities to express, do, and experience the best life has to offer. We have a much better hand in this than we may realize.
“By the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, the One you killed on a cross, the One God raised from the dead, by means of his name this man stands before you healthy and whole.” (Acts 4.9)
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