My morning reading today says “Shifting one’s perspective requires a willingness to quit nursing whatever thought is behind the feeling that’s negatively affecting your well-being, then inviting your Higher Power to choose a better thought to replace it.”
There’s the action: Become willing. Ask your Higher Power. So I can’t just whine, “I feel bad”? Sadly, no.
Here is some of the best stuff I have heard about willingness that reminds me that even “becoming willing” is an action.
“Willingness is a softening toward an idea”
“Willingness is leaving the door slightly ajar.”
“Willingness is showing up.”
And when I am really dug in to my unhappy position:
“I am willing to consider the possibility that I may not be right."