I’m a chameleon. I discovered this as a kid when I used to morph into the person I spent the most time with, much to the horror of my parents, since I didn’t always hang out with kids they approved of. They much preferred it when I morphed into the character from a good book. They weren’t always thrilled that I picked up patterns of speech at the drop of a hat either, and seemed pleased when I learned to rein in my chameleon like qualities.
But still they linger. You might wonder why I mention this. Mostly it’s because lately I’ve morphed into a listamaniac, from somewhere. I have little post it notes all over the house and I even popped one on my darling one’s desk…just trying to be helpful. Not too certain he sees it quite like that.
And here I am writing yet another list…sorry about that…my list phase will pass soon, I promise. Like any good chameleon I’ll be changing my spots…err colours…any day now. Maybe I’ll turn into some fantastic spiritual being, but I need to be around one first…wonder if the Dalai Lama is free next week?
If I were talking to that younger me right now…I probably wouldn’t bother to even mention the chameleon stuff. It’s worked out okay.
I would simply tell me:
1. You don’t have to be perfect, in fact you can’t be, so give it up now.
2. Chance or accident are not responsible for the things that happen to you, nor is fate the author of your fortune or misfortune.
3. You won’t spend all your life being painfully shy.
4. Choose your own beliefs, don’t accept other people’s hand me downs.
5. Your Mum is right, life is an inside job.
6. A small change in your attitude will bring a huge change in your life.
7. The things that feel so vitally important right now, won’t matter much in a year’s time.
8. Don’t just forgive others, forgive yourself. Forgiveness is not what you’ve been taught, it’s identifying yourself and others with your or their ideal, or aim in life.
9. Be kind, always…no matter what.
10. There are no barriers to imagination, let it soar, imagine the greatest, most noble things possible.
11. Your Grandma was right, whatever you think about other people, will show up in your world as experiences.
12. Persist in the belief you are the person you want to be and it will come to pass.
13. Define success for yourself, don’t let other people define it for you.
14. You can say no and the world won’t’ come crashing down. It’ll be okay.
15. Love really does conquer all.
16. You and you alone are responsible for every experience in your life. No blame, no shame, remember it’s only consciousness operating.
17. Don’t follow people who don’t walk the talk. People can talk a good game, but if their life doesn’t reflect the things they teach, move on.
18. Begin now to list ten reasons every night why your day was amazing.
19. Acknowledge your successes, however small. I did the dishes today is a success…list it. (This only counts if you would rather visit the dentist than do the dishes for your mum) Then read them every day and you’ll be occupying a vibration of success.
20. Imagine yourself as other than you currently are, or you’ll stay in exactly the same place, thinking the same old things and having the same old experiences.
I’d like to think my younger self would listen, but I’m not too sure. I know my mum tried to tell me a lot of this stuff, in her own way, but I was a little bit busy, being a young chameleon and more frequently than I needed to, choosing not such good things to become.
What would you tell your younger self?
Encourage one another.