I decided to take a walk tonight and I was blessed enough to capture this amazing view. Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words so I will just let this one speak for itself.
A big challenge I face is tuning out negativity. Some people wear it on their face, speak it in their words and fling it everyplace they go. It hits me hard. Sometimes I swear it even makes my insides shake. Today I ask myself, if I cannot silence the poison that comes out of other people, how can I at least protect myself from it? What can I do to stop allowing it to penetrate my boundaries and chip away at a core I have worked hard for years to keep me balanced and focused? Why is the voice I need to hear the least always the loudest and how can I tune it out? Have you noticed it’s so much easier for negativity to spread than it is to start a wave of joy and positivity? We cannot remove ourselves from every negative force so how do we at least quiet it down?
Use your voice to talk about what is right with the world. What is perfect, amazing, awesome, heartwarming? Dwell on that. Obsess about it, rave about it, over think it and repeat again. Share it everywhere until it becomes second nature. Be a well of positivity and never allow yourself to be a drain. You have so many reasons to celebrate, so many blessings to feel grateful for and so many opportunities to be a force of love, appreciation and light. Get out there and shine your warmth on everyone. Be a voice and not an echo and be accountable for your own vibe. Make it a good one!
Just when you think you have it figured out, the world shifts in an entirely different direction and the unexpected happens. Sometimes our way of thinking puts limitations on us that prevents us from dreaming big or seeing the possibilities we block because we are our own worst obstacle. Today, remember to be open to all things. You have no idea what is just around the corner. Expect something amazing. Get comfortable waiting for something wonderful. Even on the cloudiest day, the sun is still there shining just waiting for the wind to blow in just the right direction. Get your sunglasses out! It’s coming. Be ready!
How many times a week do you make time to do something you love? We forget that we actually do have control of our time and sometimes we make poor choices when it comes to how we spend it. When I was younger, I absolutely loved country dancing. I have spent years reminiscing and missing all those fun nights. Last night I made the decision to go back and I felt so comfortable on that dance floor. I was in my element doing something that makes my heart and mind really happy. This is my reminder to make it a plan to do something you love. I promise you will thank yourself after because our time is limited. Be happy. Simply make up your mind and it will happen. Have a great day!
Today is a special day. I am filled with gratitude that I am blessed enough to celebrate 47 years of life. Not long ago my mom asked, what are you doing about your wrinkles and I smiled and said, absolutely nothing. So many people I know haven’t lived long enough to even experience a wrinkle. Today, as I look in the mirror I am filled with love and gratitude for the amount of living that have contributed to each line. Each year I live better and my priorities have come into focus. I am greedy with my time and I do my best to use it on the people and things that I love. I’ve learned to obsess about those things. I focus on the things I have and spend more time feeling grateful than anything else. The rest doesn’t matter. I use my feet to walk by people and situations that rob me of the limited energy I have and I don’t ever look back. I am focused and excited for what lies ahead. I really do believe the best is yet to come because my mind and my heart are in such an amazing place. As I reflect on this past year, the word that comes to mind is happy. I have made living intentionally my purpose and my life has changed and improved in ways I have no words to even explain. There’s a favorite song of mine that has these words. I believe that days go slow and years go fast and every breaths a gift, the first one to the last… I don’t feel sad for the time that has disappeared but rather grateful for each day I get to wake up and live all over again. When you know better, you live better, you love better and you stop taking yourself and life so seriously. Today reflect on who you are in this moment and love yourself unconditionally. Your life is a celebration. Embrace this day and make up your mind to live it passionately. The secret to life is your attitude backed by a ton of gratitude. Party on.
Have you practiced gratitude today? It sounds kind of funny to think of gratitude as something we have to practice but if you’re like me, there have been plenty of times in your life that feeling miserable, cranky and negative have been the norm. The truth is we don’t have to feel that way. With some mindful effort, we can actually train our brain to give out more positive thoughts. The more positive our thinking becomes, the happier we feel and sooner or later it will just be something that happens naturally. When you learn to ignore the people and situations that make you feel bad, you allow the people and situations that make you feel good fill you up and then your life will change. Why not give it a try? What are you grateful for today?