Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.
~Ann Frank, Holocaust victim
The wonderful thing that Ann Frank said with this quote is that we don’t have to travel the world to find beauty and happiness; we don’t have to be a certain type of person or have achieved particular things. We don’t have to know “the right people” and be doing the “right things” and be living in the “right place” or be in the “right time”; there is beauty all around us right where we are here and now.
Here are a few things that might help you notice things in your own life to be happy about:
You can be happy because you can think any thoughts you want to, which means you can choose to be happy by choosing to dwell on uplifting, positive, and happy thoughts;
You can be happy because there are sparkles of beauty in your every day life;
You can be happy because there are other people in the world and the totally cool thing is that some of them think like you do and value the same things you do. If they aren’t in your life right now then you can be happy because you can seek them out!
You can be happy because there’s a lot of funny, silly, and goofy stuff in the world that will make you laugh—thank you Google and YouTube! 😀
You can be happy because there are many heart-warming acts going on in the world every moment of every day. Get involved in your community or church to participate in them!
You can be happy that you have free sources of entertainment, enlightenment, inspiration, and education–your local public library! 😀
Your homework today is to turn your thoughts and focus to that which makes you feel good, touches your heart, and makes you smile.
Are you feeling down in the dumps, perhaps a little discouraged? Are you feeling a little disappointed with your progress and where you think you “should be” at this stage of your life?
Here’s a quick pick-me-up:
STOP CONSTANTLY CHECKING FACEBOOK AND OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA OUTLETS!
Stop comparing yourself to others; stop comparing yourself to some random measure that’s based on “you should” or “you ought to” or “you’d better”!
Most of all, stop comparing yourself to some unrealistic version of yourself that is not based on the true you—the one that is authentic to the Still Small Voice and the urgings of your heart and soul!
Your homework is to TURN OFF FACEBOOK AND OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS!
People often find themselves in a blue funk after spending time on the different social media outlets. Their friends—and everyone else in the world, for that matter—seem to be living a far more exciting, fun, and successful life than they are.
The truth is that people are posting only the highly edited, cleaned-up versions of what’s actually going on in their lives.
STOP PAYING SO MUCH ATTENTION TO WHAT OTHERS CLAIM THEY ARE DOING!
Focus on yourself and your dreams. Get busy with taking the next step on your path!
During the winter my kitchen is filled with rainbows that arrive each morning and last through the early afternoon. I love their colorful streaks on my walls and ceiling. At the height of winter, the rainbows spill out into my living room and entryway transforming the areas into a wonderland. It’s effervescently magical and one of the bright spots in the cold winter months.
When I see the rainbows coming from the crystals hanging in my kitchen window, I’m grateful to my friend who gave the crystals to me one Christmas several years ago.
The photograph above is one I took this morning and it shows the first rainbows of the season. It reminds me that the sun is shifting toward its winter home—time’s a-passin’!
Your homework is to note where you are on the path to your dreams. Are you on track with where you thought you’d be? If you’re lagging, what can you do to step up the pace? If you’re right on track, are there a few extra steps you can do to put yourself on the side of the angels?
And, as always,s let’s celebrate the steps we have taken and the projects we have crossed off our list. Let’s remember to pat ourselves on the back for job well done.
Wishing, hoping, praying all have their place in the quest for your dreams.
Your dream starts out as a wish: Gee, Life would be perfect if only I could be/do/have (fill in the blank with your dream). Then, when you come up with a plan and follow it, you hope it works out. You hit a little rough patch and you continue hoping things will work out. Sooner or later, though, you run into a big challenge, obstacle, or setback. That’s when you start praying like crazy!
Here’s where the successful people separate themselves from the pack. When setbacks arise, most people revert to their wishbone. They say/think things like If only this didn’t happen, or they say: When the economy gets better then I’ll… or worse, they say: This is so unfair! There ought to be a law against this!
You’ll notice how all of these wishbone statements are outer focused, meaning that wishbone people are looking to the outside for help and for change to happen. All they’re doing, really, is sitting around and waiting to be rescued.
Successful people, on the other hand, lean against—and even cling to—their backbone. When the setback first appears, they may be disappointed and may even indulge in a pity party, but then they feel the untapped strength of their backbone and they get busy. They don’t sit around bemoaning their fate; they don’t pay attention to the economy and wait for it to change; they don’t rail against unfairness.
Instead, they think about what they can do in the situation. They figure out how to work around the setback or how to use it to their advantage.
Your homework today is to lean against your backbone as you look at the challenges, obstacles, problems, setbacks, and other potholes in the path to your dreams. Ask—and answer—yourself: How can I turn this to my advantage?
You do not back down! It may take you a little while and you may be knocked around a bit but you will come out on top. You’ve dug in your heels and you’re pushing back. You know you have the skills, knowledge, and grit needed. You reach deep within and then you power through.
And, because you were created with all the raw talents you’ll need on your journey, you also have the particular intelligence, unique smarts, and specific common sense that is precisely targeted to help you achieve your dreams. Your brain is the perfect for you!
Along with all of this, you have deep reserves of determination, perseverance, persistence, and stick-to-it-iveness that you’ll need on your journey. You’re strong and well able to achieve your dreams. You have energy, stamina, and you’re tenacious.
You have what it takes—you’re a warrior! Go for it!
Your homework today is to do some mirror work. Take out your favorite Power Phrases and Pep Words and repeat them. Remember to have a big smile on your face and to be enthusiastic. Also, keep your phrases and words handy and say them to yourself frequently throughout the day.
In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.
~Sir Francis Bacon
It’s a given that in Life each and every one of us will run into darkness in the form of obstacles, setbacks, and challenges. They can be things such as the check we were counting on did not come through, or not making headway against negative thinking and anxiety attacks, or realizing we didn’t really think through our plan to take us to our dreams because right now we are in a big mess….
When it’s dark, this is when we must shine—shine our brightest.
You may be thinking that you have nothing left, that you’re all tapped out. You may think that the situation got the best of you and you’re considering waving the white flag and throwing in the towel—and quitting, for good measure! 😉
I say to you: if you’re still breathing, then you are NOT tapped out! You have NOT been bested!
When you feel you’re at the end of your rope, all this means is that you’ve used up the logical stuff and the reasonable things, and you’ve just scratched the surface of your talents.
Now is the time to light the flame within you. Fan it into a fire by anchoring it firmly in the Still Small Voice and the urgings of your heart and soul. Doing that guarantees that the blaze will never go out.
Your homework is to light the flame within you by asking—and answering—“What else can I do? How else can I do it? Who else can I talk to or observe?”
Look at things from a different angle or perspective, find new thoughts by reading or taking a course, try that idea you’ve dismissed as being too outrageous—the logical and reasonable ones have not worked so you may as well give the outrageous one a shot! 🙂
Go for it!
You can do it, I am absolutely sure you can!!
I am so very proud of you for hanging in there, digging deep, and taking another shot at it. You are fantastic!!