Generating Our Own Momentum

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Duh.

For decades I waited for someone who would give me momentum: someone who would bellow out a big yes and get me rolling over all my obstacles.

That approach worked well.

Not.

No wonder I was so depressed and disappointed! Life was like navigating a blazing desert in a minefield!

But, now I fuel my own momentum by eliminating:

  1. complaints about my lack of opportunity
  2. comparisons with people who appear to have it easy
  3. begging and pleading
  4. anger at obstacles

I traded in that nasty regimen for:

  1. a big smile toward the future
  2. a hearty laugh at obstacles
  3. a sincere word of gratitude for how far I have come
  4. appreciation for every experience

Voila!

Momentum.

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We’re Not Finished Yet!

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“I can’t take any more of this!” is the whiner part of me calling the shots and setting out-dated limits.

If I want to be more than what I am now, I cannot be offended by the demand for more or the insinuation that I am wimping out.

Blowing past my own limits is a refusal to whine.

I refuse to whine about:

  • what life brings
  • commitments I have made
  • projects I began and grew tired of
  • work that needs to be done
  • changes
  • using my gifts for others
  • obstacles in my path to improvement

Best Reason Not to Give Up

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Still round the corner, there may wait, a new road or a secret gate. –J.R.R. Tolkien

Second best reason not to give up:

Strength of character is rare and sexy.

Third best reason not to give up:

Many of the things we love most would not be available–unless others had refused to give up.

Fourth best reason not to give up:

Courage and tenacity kicks our lives up to a new level and transforms us into the kind of people we admire.

Fifth best reason not to give up:

Failures may be embarrassing, inefficient, and painful but they are not as painful as living below our potential.

 

Still round the corner

There may wait

A new road

Or a secret gate

Some Are Traffic Cops. Some Are Just Looking Around.

Some people have no need to be told, “Be Careful.” They will be careful because that’s who they are: always watching to make sure everyone else is careful, following the rules, and being efficient. If we call after them with “Be careful!” we are wasting our breath. They are thinking, “If only everyone was as careful as me!”

So, instead, I tell my husband, “See people!” because it reminds him to be a friend instead of just a bean counter or an evaluator of everyone else’s behavior.

Yet, he certainly has to remind me to be careful–because I am so busy seeing people that I forget to watch the road.

Radically different approaches.

The world needs both.

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It Adds up to Happiness

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The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.
-Eric Hoffer

Resisting gratitude comes natural.

I say, “I am grateful, but–“

One extra little word that says volumes about my character: including “I have snuggled up with entitlement and fallen asleep.”

I must add the most difficult arithmetic to my skill set if I desire to multiply my happiness.

Have You Ever Made a Grape?

“Have you ever made a grape?”

“A what?”

“You know. Tiny sweets in edible packages

Stuck on the end of intricate branches

Growing in clusters on thickened vines

Sun-cooked ready for food or wine.

The outsides are tough and the insides soft–“

“But, wait–how do people get them off?”

“It’s so cool. Attached on the end of each branch is a tool!

It simply releases the grape with a delicate pull,

While protecting and preserving the glistening skin 

Until–Voila! There’s a consumer’s mouth to pop it in.”

“But never mind, your face is so pained with questions.

Forget I even mentioned that impossible invention.”

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Tips for Staying Relevant in Relationships

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If our kids, family, and friends roll their eyes at us, chances are:

  1. We repeat ourselves too often.
  2. Our words and actions have become predictable or monotonous.
  3. We are resisting learning new things.
  4. We complain about technology, the weather, politicians, and other things we cannot control.

The eye roll is only one indicator of irrelevancy. Other indicators are much more costly.

Where healthy long term relationships (even with ourselves) are concerned, remaining relevant requires work.

This Mark Cuban quote reminds us to embrace:

  1. New technology: Our complaints will not stop progress.
  2. Reading: School never ends.
  3. Listening to bright people in every field: Accessibility to genius has never been easier.
  4. Asking more questions vs. spouting opinions: The best people don’t assume they are the smartest in the room.

Staying Actively Content vs. Passively Discontent

When people let us down:

1. Refuse to label or talk about them as the enemy (they are just as valuable and fallible as we are).

2. Pause, breathe, and look ahead, past the temporary pain.

3. Reject self-pity.

4. Communicate our boundaries and keep them.

Now, we can enter into a world that we have co-created, a world that has belonged to us all along, a world of courage and overcoming, a world that heroes have already demonstrated can be claimed as our own.

Goodbye victim!

Hello new life!

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Original Post 2013

Nothing to Look Forward to?

 

Disappointed

Blue

Aging, fading

With nothing to do

 

Diversions

Fleeting

Tedious tasks

Unrelenting

 

Yet there remains

A hidden way

Around the pain

And blah today

 

A slight smile

At the waving trees

Or a simple nod

At memories

 

An old laugh

A former friend

Bubbling up

From deep within

 

Carves a space

For tiny deeds

For someone else

Who might have need

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