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“Krishna, I was hoping to talk to you about my daughter. I think you mentioned that you have a young niece, right?”

“Yes. Amy is 11. What’s wrong?”

Krishna had been excited about getting together with Marcus. He had transferred from another group and always had the perfect joke during team meetings. She thought they’d have a light lunch, but clearly something was on his mind.

“To tell you the truth, I’m really concerned about Maria. I don’t think junior high is easy for anyone, but Maria’s having a hard time. We hear about the girls in her 7th grade class every night at dinner.”

“Marcus, that’s natural. I have the same conversations with Amy. Of course she wants to fit in. It will blow over,” Krishna said, trying to reassure him.

“No – it’s more than fitting in or a junior high rivalry. It’s hard to describe. No matter where we try to steer the conversation, it constantly goes back to her classmates. “Ellie won’t like this dress.” “I don’t want to read my paper in class – Jamie’s will be better.” It’s as if she carries them around on her shoulder.”

Marcus shook his head. “I’m not sure what to do. Should I call their parents? Or maybe I shouldn’t do anything. Perhaps Maria should just figure out how to handle this on her own.”

Krishna gave Marcus a weak smile. “Look on the bright side – only another year and you’ll have high school to worry about!”

It’s easy to sympathize with Maria’s troubles. But how does her story relate to Light It Up, the March series about conscious creation?

Without realizing it, Maria allowed her classmates to steal her focus and emotions. She was endlessly preoccupied about what happened yesterday or what could happen tomorrow. T. S. Eliot put this anxiety-ridden mentality into perspective when he wrote, “For last year’s words belong to last year’s language. And next year’s words await another voice.”

Are you running a grown-up version of Maria’s story? You could be nagged by thoughts like these:

  • “That new job posting sounds fantastic. If only I had gone to a better college.”
  • “I’d love to go to Italy, but I’ll wait until I get married, and then my spouse and I will have a dream trip.”
  • “Our team lead just walked in. I should strike up a conversation. Wait – who am I kidding? I’ve never been very good with people. Maybe I should just keep quiet.”

Holding on to last year’s words or next year’s situations, often beyond your control, block manifestation. At the very least, your energy is constantly scattered in a million futile directions as you envision and try to manage “what if” scenarios. It’s time to turn it around.

Stressful insecurities that dominate your heart and mind? Outta here. Delaying your happiness until “someday”? Absolutely not. And letting an imaginary clique of mean girls endlessly remind you of an innocent slip-up? No way.

Conscious creation springs from passionate, concentrated energy. This is the week to shift from preoccupied to present.