Stop Acting So Small

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Ways in Which I Have Acted Small:

  • Being jealous of the place others have in the Universe

  • Whining about how unfair the world was to me

  • Hurting others to make myself feel better

  • Telling myself that I was more or less valuable than any other human being

  • Thinking I was common

  • Wallowing in my limitations and pain

  • Giving up too quickly

  • Failing to smile at the future and to act with courage

  • Ignoring the magnitude of the miracles that sustain me any given moment

  • Fearing scarcity and loss

When to Expect Rewards (repost)

I don’t know why this is true, but it seems to be the experience of many I admire. Life asks regular humans to push past what they think is possible, reasonable, or doable in order to find the hero lying dormant within them.
Today I heard myself think, I can’t handle this anymore. I stopped and changed my self-talk to I can do whatever life is requiring of me. Immediately I noticed tangible changes in my body:

  • The “butterflies” in my stomach settled
  • My mind quit racing
  • My pulse decreased
  • My breathing became less shallow

Labeling what is happening to me as “normal” instead of “unfair,” “unreasonable,” or “unhealthy” is my first step to stability. Stability must precede tenacity. And tenacity always precedes rewards.

(I reposted because I needed the reminder.)

True and Simple Nobility

Life became a lot easier when I quit…

  • comparing my progress to that of my peers.
  • worrying about impressing my family members.
  • using someone else’s success as my measuring stick.

Everything became more serene when a new day became a plain and simple chance to be…

  1. better than the day before.
  2. true to my word with everyone.
  3. aware of the vast and abundant Universe…beckoning…simply beckoning me to live fully now.

Where to Start When Things Are All Messed Up

Messed up day? Messed up life? Messed up anything?

Fix it.

When I quit arguing about this and took complete responsibility for turning off the complaints and turning on the acceptance, change began.

Without this first step, all others are more difficult.

Renaming Friday the 13th

Friday the 13th was my mother’s lucky day.

I can’t remember ever having a bad Friday the 13th, well, except maybe the day I went to see “Friday the 13th,” but, the superstitions part of me still wants to have it’s say. When Friday the 13th comes around, I hear myself thinking, “Uh-oh, watch out!” But, this year, I do not intend to listen.

Several years ago I started naming my years. Even-numbered years had always been my favorite until I noticed that the odd-numbered years had been more productive for me.  So, instead of entertaining doubts at the beginning of 2018, I named 2018, “My Best Year Ever.”

And…it has been.

I’m carrying over that lesson:

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Fail Early, Fail Often, and Fail Forward

Getting my head around this understanding of failure has been a real challenge.

Failure, to me, was always…

  • embarrassing

  • debilitating

  • terrifying

  • depressing

I spent many years hiding rejection scars, pretending I hadn’t failed, blaming and shaming myself and others about failures before I ever experienced the joy of failing forward.

“Failure is not your enemy but your guide to improvement.”

Changing to the habit of excepting my humanity, even laughing at my propensity to fail, has brought me massive relief…and always…closer to success.

Better Seeing and Hearing

Quick path to improved seeing and hearing:

  1. Wake up.

  2. Decide to see good in myself, others, and the world.

  3. Commit to hear only that which is beneficial and productive.

  4. Resolve to freely give kindness and forgiveness.

  5. Watch my world change.

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“People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for.” –Harper Lee

Today, I’m looking for good and listening for hope.

Want Legal and Lasting Euphoria?

The most beautiful and lasting euphoria I have ever experienced has come from almost embarrassingly small things: victories over my fears:

  • a tandem bungee jump
  • fighting an “attacker” in a self-defense class
  • resisting temptation that had formerly controlled me
  • having the courage to face rejection
  • giving when I thought I had nothing to give

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“Strength doesn’t come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t.” -Rikki Rogers

Life is often ironic. Be willing to give it all in order to receive. Be willing to die in order to live.

Who knew?

Why Are Horrible Things Are Happening to Me?

I thought I stood alone and dejected, on a stark and menacing precipice overlooking a hopeless descent. I thought my life was a perpetual winter.

I had not heard the message of Spring: a message repeated over and over to me every year of my entire life…in loud, symphonic stereo;

“It may look dead, desolate, gone, sad and defeated, but appearances are deceiving. Just wait. Wait until you see the magic of transformation. Wait until the hidden life, the hidden hope, the hidden color, and the hidden blossom…that lives tenaciously in the dark of death…awakens.”

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“…no spring skips its turn.” -Hal Borland

Let winter come…and go.

So Easily Depleted

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It doesn’t take long for me to go from full-throttle to whatever.

I can have an exceptionally inspiring week, then run into one obstacle that hits my “this is hopeless” button and, poof, I am a walking vegetable.

After so many decades, though, I am learning to minimize this “bi-polar” transition by:

  1. anticipating disruptions to my euphoria

  2. remembering that my view of “how life is going” is severely impaired by my finite-ness

  3. valuing the process of learning humility in the fight against my arrogance

  4. appreciating that I can’t shine without the fire

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