We make choices in life based on the information available to us and our readiness. If you don’t like the consequence of a choice you made (small or big), there’s no need to continually criticize yourself. Change direction starting with this upcoming step. It’s not over while you are still alive and can make different choices.
I write a note on my stepdaughters’ blackboard every time they come to visit us. This image and its corresponding message left such an impression on me that I drew/wrote them on the girls’ black board. Think how much more exciting the world would be if people didn’t spend so much time and energy blending in.
Your mission this week, should you choose to accept it, is to get out of the box and let the real you come out and play. Release a few balloons into the world. Give the world a dose of your unusual.
Cheers and happy Monday.
This was an eye opener for me. I’m not even sure if I would even think to list myself! Coffee would take precedence over me. I’d list friends and family, because to love oneself would be too selfish. And yet, if you don’t know how to give yourself love, how can you truly give it to others?
What a great point. I know I spend most of my time in search of the right time. Once I get through this tough moment, once the grief ends, once the responsibility ends, once…, I can focus on living life again. I’m the process, I waste time in waiting and miss out on the change(growth) that awaits on the other side of the grief, responsibility or the hardship du jour. And, I lose moments of being with whomever I’m grieving or am responsible for.
Here’s to living the fullness of real life.
We lost a good friend recently to a motorcycle accident and in honor of his tattoo sleeves collectively wore this phrase. The phrase is his wife’s, however. That he’s gone is by no means okay. But her strength in facing the tragedy, the way she remained grounded through the tears was and still is inspiring. If she can find the strength amidst her tragic loss, so can we through hardships.
IT’S GONNA BE OKAY.
Rest in peace Hal.
Beautiful words by one of my yoga teachers. Give it a go. It’s so simple, yet so powerful.
“REALIZE that you are everything and everything is you. Your enemy is you. Your annoying coworker is you. The person you admire most is you. The tree is you.
When you look in the eyes of a dog, you are looking into your own eyes.
When you hear the birds chirp, you are hearing your own voice.
When you hug a loved one, you are hugging yourself.
Understanding this concept brings supreme peace and tolerance. When everyone REALIZES (makes it real, not just a thought) this there will be no more hate, violence, greed, etc. We will treat others the way we would like to be treated because we ARE the others.” – Lee Gaines
Don’t just do it with people you like or are neutral about. Practice it with people who irk you for one reason or another. You will discover different versions of you: the weightlifter, the bike rider, the drop dead gorgeous, the teacher, the child, the homeless, and you can’t help but smile at them. It inspires a sense of inclusivity and compassion.
Peace and Happy Monday.