Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.Dr. Seuss
I used to look back on my life with a sadness for the days that had passed me by. I mourned for moments that would be no more. I couldn’t enjoy what was in front of me because I was so attached to what I left behind. I know now that there is so much more life ahead just waiting for me to arrive. I can look back now and smile in gratitude while I look with smiling eyes to the future in anticipation of what it holds. Everyday holds promise. Everyday is special. Everyday is a new chance to make my life amazing. Everyday is another chance to find the magic of living in the moment with no desire to be anywhere else but right where I am.
“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change” ~Wayne Dyer
It has taken me years of suffering and struggling to finally embrace and understand the power in this simple quote. The result is amazing and this is only day 2 of putting this theory into practice.
For years, I have been a fixer. If there was a problem then gosh darn it, I would search for a solution. That searching nearly destroyed me. It’s a hard reality to face that I have very little control in anything going on around me. I have a choice to get sucked into the anxiety and hopelessness of a situation that is uncomfortable or I could simply manipulate my mind to see the entire situation a different way. I made that decision yesterday and although I am a little apprehensive, I am much less anxious and attached to results. When I let go of my need for a particular result or path to solution, I let go of the grip it had on me. I am breathing a little lighter today and reacting with much less panic. It’s only the beginning. As Dr. Seuss so eloquently put it,
You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…
Find the power in your thoughts today.
As I walked into the store the other day, there were shelves with a particular sale item that caught my attention. Thats what stores do right? They take the product that they want to sell, they put it in a place people will notice and as the customers pass by, they reach out and grab it.
Imagine if you were a store and your shelves represented everything about you. What would people see at first glance? Are the right things front and center or is one of your best qualities hidden somewhere in the back where people would have to search and dig to ever have a chance to find it? Is it time to rearrange the shelves? Maybe you need to start all over and restock with something better. What is it you want to sell? Who is it you want to be? Is who you are what other people see or is your behavior a misrepresentation of what is going on underneath the protective layers you’ve built to protect yourself from the rest of the world? Here’s a list of things that might be on your shelves. I know some of them are on mine.
The list goes on and on. Imagine if it would be simple to redesign the image you portray to others? Would you do it? Would you even want to? What would be the one thing to hold you back? Remember, no one can see past what you put on your shelves. They don’t have the time and effort to look beyond what is all piled up where it is easy to see. Be who you are. Have the courage to allow people to have a glance into what makes you you. We are all so unique. We are all so beautiful. This Dr. Seuss quote sums up the whole idea beautifully…