Many people have the habit of making molehills into mountains. They like to amplify things, giving them more weight than necessary and making them larger than life. But does this type of attitude and vision really serve us?
How many times have we found ourselves fretting about small situations that don’t really matter very much at all?
Some people tend to blow things out of proportion. Everything gets exaggerated! There is no excitement or adrenalin rush, if it’s not! It’s almost like living out a fantasy or fairy tale of adventure and heroism and making everything a big drama!
Another reason for making things bigger than they are is fear. In a recent survey it was found that 94% of our fear is imagined. In other words, it has very little basis in reality. Because of our fear we then also create fear in others.
Fear and anxiety can only create more of the same. Do we realise that, as we send our imagination off into these realms, we are also becoming creators of our reality, as we subtly invoke those scenarios (mostly negative) towards ourselves?
In fact, expanding the details of a situation is easy. We can gain a lot of attention by exaggerating small matters, and this is why for some people it is almost an addiction. Making big things small is an art, which takes maturity, wisdom and a certain amount of self-discipline. To make ‘big things small’ is usually the sign of people who can manage themselves and, therefore, are more easily able to manage the situations around them.
It is very freeing to the soul to let go of old attitudes, preconceptions, remembered hurts and grudges from the past. If we don’t let go, they can dilute, even pollute, actions, which we are about to perform.
The way we see things is often not innocent, not clean. We so often look for the negative, for someone to blame, or we tend to find fault with something or someone. We are not helping ourselves by thinking this way. If we can just accept the moment for what it is and not bring in memories from the past and fears for the future, then it becomes much easier to apply a full stop in the present situation.
Whether we exaggerate out of panic, fear or simply a desire to dramatise, we have to realise that the ego is in control of us at that moment. If we are slaves to overblown emotions, we cannot be in charge of situations.
If we are grounded in a real sense of who we are, if we are calm, controlled, peaceful, relaxed and centred, then instead of throwing fuel on the fire, we will sprinkle cool water on a situation. We will remain stable and make others around us feel safe and secure.
In one second we can allow ourselves to indulge in a rampage of thinking, where one thought leads to another and another and another… or in the same second we can decide to apply the brakes and call a halt to the waste of thoughts, time and energy. Choose to be essenceful. The more we allow our thoughts to expand on a situation, the more life we give to it. If something is not important, let it go! Learn to put a full stop! Question marks are more difficult to shape and curve. Full stops are definitely easier to manage!
It’s time… to stop making mountains out of molehills and to learn to put a full stop. Before we allow ourselves to expand on our thoughts, let’s ask ourselves whether it’s necessary to do so, or is it better to save our time, energy and self-respect? As we practise making the mountain into a molehill, we will feel our greatness grow.
The Brahma Kumaris in Australia The Brahma Kumaris have had a presence in Australia since 1975. There are centres and class locations in the major cities, as well as three Centres for Spiritual Learning, where courses, classes and retreats are held.
The Brahma Kumaris Australia is a registered charity in the area of education (spiritual). All programs are offered free of charge as a service to the community. The ongoing operations are funded through donations from students and the public in the spirit of maintaining its educational services for the benefit of all in the community.