Some days there is a brutal battle between my mind and body. One part of me wants to sit in peace while the other part incessantly reminds me why sitting is not an option. The mind is a powerful thing. Learn to tame it or it will take control over you. Repeat after me…peace is good. Thoughts are generally a waste of time. Take that walk. Enjoy the outdoors. Practice inner peace. It’s okay not to have a plan or agenda. It is healthy to take time to rejuvenate your soul. My intention today is to allow peace to fill me up and I extend that intention to you as well. Be at peace. Be the peace the world desperately needs right now.
It’s very hot here today. Earlier I found myself floating in the pool thinking there was nowhere else I would rather be. It’s taken me several years but slowly and surely I have learned to relax. In this fast paced, busy world so many of us struggle to find a way to relax. Feeling calm and allowing ourselves to rest have become a thing of the past. I read Facebook posts about friends spending the entire weekend running from one sporting event to another and I cringe at the thought. Some have every week of the summer planned out but for me and my family, summer is a time to recover and rest. The day doesn’t have to be jammed with activities for life to be meaningful. All these activities and ridiculous things we tell ourselves we have to do are just things. Peace of mind and a moment to just breathe will be much more beneficial than a schedule that leaves us feeling drained and exhausted. It’s almost as if the notion of balance has been lost. I’ve been chasing it my entire life and I’ve worked hard to find out what that means for me. So today, find the balance you need. Learn to say no to the things that don’t really matter and yes to the things that do. You may think those decisions are impossible to make but you have way more control than you think.
I walk a minimum of 5 miles a day. On Thursday I walked ten. I love to be outside and feel the sun on my back and the wind in my face. A year ago, I suffered from anxiety and depression to the point I thought I was going to break. I thought the only way to escape it would be to find a way out of my skin. I felt trapped and helpless and the light at the end of the tunnel grew extremely dim. One day I made the decision that I had to break free from the prison I had created for myself. I couldn’t live that way anymore because it didn’t feel like living at all. Walking offered a new hope, a calm that I had been running after for quite some time. Today a neighbor I had never met before stopped me to discuss the opinion he had of my yard. He didn’t stop to to say hello or even to tell me to have a nice day. That is what the world has become these days.
This post is a reminder to everyone who takes the time to read it. You only see the 5 to 10 miles I walk in my shoes each day. What you don’t see are the miles that wear me down as I fight and struggle to be happy in a world I don’t even feel is where I belong.
Life is short.
Mind your own damn business.
Smile at someone.
Don’t judge others shoes or think you have any clue about the path that others walk. You only know what you see and looks can be quite deceiving. Be a nice person and offer someone hope and keep your opinions to yourself.
The world needs more compassion and kindness and less criticism and resistance.
More love and less arguments.
More happiness and gratitude and less bitching.
More smiles and less scowls.
More hope and less despair.
Be the light in someone else’s tunnel.
The world needs you now more than ever.
I need you.
Be the light in someone else’s darkness.
Be the difference.
“When a flower doesn’t bloom you fix the enviroment in which it grows, not the flower”
– Alexander Den Heijer
Happiness, not in another place but this place…not for another hour, but this hour.
I read an article recently where the writer challenged the readers to follow these simple words. Only love today. That will be my mantra as I pick and choose what I will hold onto and what I will let blow right through. These are some steps you can take today to turn this concept into reality.
1) Don’t join any argument you are invited to. Simply move on and spend your time on something worthwhile.
2) Pass over negative comments and posts on social media and limit the time you spend there.
3) Just for today,turn off the news.
4) Think of at least one thing you can do today to make a positive difference for each person in your house.
5) Speak and think only loving thoughts. Keep the rest to yourself.
6) Look for flowers, not the weeds. It’s easy to notice things that are wrong about people, today look for the things that are right.
7) Repeat this mantra at least once an hour.
8) Believe that your attitude and behavior can change the world for the better.
9) Don’t react. Use your head and respond respectfully.
10) Be patient with yourself. Change doesn’t come overnight.
Only love today and that includes how you think about and treat yourself.
Who’s in? Be the change.
How often do you say, I can do this? I’ve been paying strict attention to my thoughts this week and one thing that keeps repeating over and over is, I know I need to do this but I don’t feel like doing it. I’ve turned everything into a tug of war between what I need to do and what I don’t have the energy to do. The truth is I waste most of my energy fighting myself and then there’s not enough left for anything else.
This morning I decided if I wanted to reach any goals or if I just wanted to get something done, I needed to replace the words coming from my inner voice with words of encouragement. So today, everytime I think of something on my list of things to do, I follow it with, you can do this! So, I am off to get some rabbit food so thankfully my little bunnies will not have to starve. Remember I can do it and you can do it too.