Monica Marie Jones
The New Law of Relativity
As a young person, I remember being so overwhelmed by the idea of buying a house. I thought that they cost so much money and I couldn’t imagine having all of those thousands of dollars at once. As I grew and my perspective on life did too, what once seemed impossible became a very accessible and attainable reality.
I’ve noticed that the things that would have caused me to say, “That’s a lot!”, I now find myself saying, “That’s all?” This made me realize that our perception of things is relative to our experiences, and our mindset. Of course, this line of thinking made me curious about the definition of The Law of Relativity.
E=MC2 or Energy equals mass times the speed of light. Energy and mass are interchangeable. They are different forms of the same thing.
If I were to rewrite this law to relate to our lives, I would make it mean that things (Mass) become whatever value, meaning or story (Energy) we assign to them.
Here are some strategies that address the ways that this plays out when it comes to how we take care of ourselves, how we engage with others, and how we can shift from a scarcity mindset to an abundance mindset.
Rude is Relative. Last week I attended a Masterclass facilitated by Therapist and Author, Nedra Tawwab, based on her new book, Set Boundaries, Find Peace. She talked about how people often shy away from setting clear boundaries because of their fear of being perceived as rude. She said, “Rude is Relative.” For example, answering the phone every time someone calls may be a value or important practice for some people. For me, it means that I am not honoring a clear boundary that I’ve set when it comes to my focus on an important project, or prioritizing my mental health. I may be seen as rude for this by someone who values answering the phone, but in my world, this is what healthy boundaries look like.
Right is Relative. There’s an activity where a number is placed on a sheet of paper between two people who are facing one another. When asked what number they see in front of them, one person says 6, and the other person says 9. They are both right. Think of this when you find yourself in conflict with a person or idea. Their view is based on their experience, values, and so much more that we cannot see. From their angle, they too are right. Consider this as we seek to understand others at work and in our personal lives.
A Lot is Relative. When I was in the 8th grade, my uncle told me he would give me $20 per ‘A’ that I got on my report card. I quickly did the calculation based on the number of classes I had and realized that I could get up to $100! In my 12-year-old mind (and bank account) $100 was A LOT of money, so I worked hard all semester to meet that goal. Now, if someone asked me to work hard for five months for $100, I would start looking for the hidden cameras thinking this must be a practical joke. When it comes to setting your rates or negotiating for a higher salary, what might be a lot or expensive to you, may be very reasonable for the person making the investment.
This week I challenge you to consider the energy you are giving to the things and people in your life. You get to decide what meaning you assign to what you experience, and thus the impact and outcomes that occur as you design a life you love.
I am looking at life with panoramic vision.
I am shifting my narrative to one of abundance.
I am assigning my energy to environments that expedite light.
Master Your Mindset to Manifest a Life You Love. Most Sincerely, Monica Marie Jones Your Soul Journey Guide