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An ounce of practice is worth more than a ton of preaching. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

My driving is horrible.  It’s just terrible.  Well, not so much my driving, more my parking really.  What the heck happened?  Since living in America, I no longer know how to parallel park.  Worse, is the fact that I used to be a dab hand at squeezing into tiny little spaces in my tiny little car.  Today, not so much.  Now I need a space that would take a double decker bus.

On trips over the pond, my parking abilities are my greatest embarrassment.  I can no longer nip into little spots with ease and grace…not to mention agility.  I’m filled with envy for those motorists, who nochalantly ease into teeny weeny spaces without having to reverse in and out, and in and out and on and on…like me.

parallel parking?

This could be mebut it’s not…honest.

Basically, I’m out of practice.  And like most things in life, it’s the repeated practice that gains the skill.

And so it is with the laws of life.  We may all know that nothing will change in our life, unless and until we change our thoughts, our inner conversations. But do we practice this?

We may know that our ability to imagine our life filled with what we want is the means to make our dreams come true.  But do we practice this?

There’s an old Chinese proverb that says if you don’t change your direction you will end up exactly where you’re headed and the only way to steer the ship of our life in another direction is to have new thoughts, choose new beliefs, and only accept as true for us that which is positive and productive.

The beauty of it all is, we have the ability to say NO to any negative destructive idea, no matter if it belongs to us or someone else.    We don’t have to let our past rule our future.  Doesn’t matter how we thought yesterday, or even an hour ago.  We can choose a different thought right now.

Today why not practice having great thoughts.  Great thoughts will bring great things.  Decide that today is the best day of your life…so far…and then decide the same thing tomorrow, and then the next day.  This is practice.  This is repeating something to gain a skill, the skill of choosing your thoughts.   And as you change your thinking, expect a miracle, expect your fortunes to change, expect that all manner of things under heaven and earth will move to aid you and bring you new life experiences.  Not too shabby for a little practice.

Encourage each other.

Love Elle


Photo credit Matthurst


Elle Sommer is the author of 4 books and a workbook. Her latest publications are a series called The Power of Consciousness, and you will find all three books in this trilogy now available on Kindle. She shares quotes, inspiration and positive vibes on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. And her greatest desire is to encourage and inspire others to create not just a good life, but a phenomenal life.


  1. Dear Elle, Your musings are so poetic… and so very helpful to my life!
    My parking isn’t as hot as it used to be when I lived in Boston and could squeeze my VW Bug into a place with a shoehorn.
    But now… my thoughts… that’s where the effort has gone. And the great things it’s done for my life!
    Carry on with your great work!
    Oh, and I couldn’t find the new contest anywhere on the site (?!)

  2. christine

    My lovely sister. This one made me laugh. “Parallel” is hard to spell never mind accomplish properly. As I have similar issues with parking, I put it all down to our family genes. Uhm… maybe that is a rather pathetic excuse. Next time I go out I will take on the challenge of parallel parking. Or an easy way out would be to buy the FORD model that actually parallel parks on it’s own!! You’re a good blogger. Christine

    • Elle

      Hey sis, nice to hear from you! I like the idea of a car that parks itself, but I also like the idea of being really nippy in the car parking arena my own self. I bet you used to be really good at it too! It’s all that darn practice stuff.

  3. Elle, a dab hand? Is that “really good at it” in American?
    Got a kick out of your ad on this post!

    • Elle

      Yes Dore, that pretty much sums up what a dab hand is. You’re good at this English-speak.

  4. Mindless parking is what we do with our mind, when we inhabit a space of consciousness that does not serve us. We should be given a parking ticket.

    • Elle

      Oooh I like that Brian. Very clever and evocative.

  5. Joseph Appaloosa

    Another thought/action provoking article.
    “Decide that today is the best day of your life” , WOW !
    Please rest assured that I will be following your excellent advice. Thank you.
    Write on, Elle !

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