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[success]The game of life is a game of boomerangs. Our thoughts, deeds and words return to us sooner or later with astounding accuracy. ~ Florence Scovel Shinn[/success]
Some days we just get stuck, we’re in a slump, going through the motions and accomplishing very little. Our mind is faithfully focused on the things we don’t want.
I had a couple of days like that this week. Feeling totally out of sorts. Not wanting or even being able to move myself into action. Devoid of ideas.
Don’t fret if you’re stuck. Getting stuck might be the greatest thing that happened to you today, because it makes you stop. It puts the brakes on those comforting routines, the everyday momentum of life and you have little choice but to pay attention to what’s around you.
Something marvellous happens when you stop. When you are forced to acknowledge that something isn’t quite right you can begin to do something about it.
Here’s 5 pick-me-ups that have the power to seriously change your life.
Life is a paradox, a constant state of flux . Once you accept that you don’t know where you’re going in every moment, you stop pushing against the tide and relax into the flow.
You’re making your own way, your own path with every step. Within you are all the talents and gifts you need to fulfill your purpose and an incredible capacity to feel good, so free yourself from the need to control the world and be at peace. You are the one creating your reality.
Sometimes it’s necessary to feel stuck in order to awaken a fresh sense of inspiration, insight and understanding. You cannot find peace by avoiding life. ~ Virginia Woolf
Lead the way in kindness and compassion. As Plato said ‘Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.’ And if they’re not, their battle is at least as challenging as yours.
Never underestimate the power of a kind word, a smile, or an honest act of friendliness to turn someone’s life around, including yours. Sprinkle compliments and thoughtful words everywhere you go.
It isn’t necessary to have all the answers, just to have an outstretched hand to raise someone up when they fall. It’s the little actions that count; a reminder that everyone is valuable, worthy and lovable. How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. ~ Anne Frank
Curb over thinking
Don’t make life more complicated than it is. Don’t make feeling happy more complicated than it is. Don’t make fulfilling your desires more complicated than it is.
Over thinking can create a problem that wasn’t there to begin with.
Comparing your progress in life to that of another isn’t helpful. If there were only one path to success and joy and fulfillment it would be pretty crowded. We’d all be on it. There’s only one path for you and that’s your path.
The formula is simple. Start out in the direction of your dreams and keep on going. You might experience detours and obstacles and reasons to veer in another direction or even come to a complete halt. Take a deep breath and get moving again.
If you take a wrong turn, it doesn’t mean you’ve come to the end of the road. A bad day doesn’t make a bad life.
Don’t over think it. Re-commit to your vision and keep heading in the direction of your desires, one step, one day at a time.
I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. ~ Thoreau
Re-nogotiate your agreement with reality
The way you see reality boils down to your interpretation. Every event that occurs is interpreted through the lens of your beliefs, many of which were handed to you before the age of six. Don’t let a six year old drive the bus.
The main cause for our unhappiness isn’t the actual experience but our thoughts about the experience. The labels we give to the experience.
Happiness and success really come down to two elements: the way you think and the way you act based upon your thoughts.
Your life is whatever you say it is. And by changing your thinking about life you change your life experience. Begin to think you can do great things. Because you can. You are here to be your greatest self. Do it. Be it. Live it.
Begin to see events with new eyes, and no labels and your agreement with reality is decisively altered. You have been conditioned to think of things as bad or good. You can de-condition yourself…it is possible. ~ Srikumar Rao
Make room for the flowers
Every gardener knows that weeds will choke the flowers. Pessimistic, negative thinking takes up the space we need for our seeds of optimism and positivity to flourish.
Complaints, criticisms or recriminations need to be put on hold whilst we look for potential benefits in our experiences.
Find something to appreciate, to value and you’re doing your part to sow a more lovely harvest.
Giving more time to affirming, acknowledging and seeking the opportunities in any given situation will deliver better results and help maintain an optimistic frame of mind.
Keep things in perspective and have a little self-compassion, it has the power to seriously change your day. If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete. ~ Buddha.
What would you add? I’d love to know. In the comments below share one pick-me-up that changes your mind set.
Thanks for being here, for reading and for encouraging us all with your brilliant insights. And huge hugs and thanks for sharing.
Encourage one another.
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