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It Gets Better

Just when you think it can’t get any worse, it can. And just when you think it can’t get any better, it can. — Nicholas Sparks

Have you ever said anything like “It can’t get any worse,” only to have it get worse?  Yeah, me too.  Sometimes, I really need to keep my big mouth shut!  The thing is, life can sometimes get really bad – but it can also get really good.  Life is tricky like that.   I hate the bad….I really hate the bad times, but sometimes we need them to help us appreciate the good.   No matter how bad it gets, remember that it WILL get better.  Sometimes you may have to fight and struggle to make it better, but it will get there.  Have faith and hang onl.

Looking for Love

Love isn’t something you find. Love is something that finds you. — Loretta Young

I was going to make the quotes this week all love related because of Valentine’s Day, but then I thought better of it.  All Valentine’s Day does, in my opinion, is make those who are in relationships stressed out over the getting and giving of gifts, or it makes you feel bad because you’re not IN a relationship.  That’s GlowingHeartnot what it should be all about.  Love is.  That’s it.  Love is.  You can’t find it, you can’t make it happen, it just IS.  Granted, when it’s in your life, you need to WORK at it but you can’t make love happen.  You can be open to receiving it, but you can’t walk up to a person and say “Love me, damn it.”  Well you can, but you may get arrested for stalking.  For love to happen, you need to open your heart up to the possibility.  Smile, go places, talk to people, yes maybe even flirt a little.  Love is out there, and it WILL find you when the time is right.

Is the Problem the Problem?

The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem.  – Captain Jack Sparrow

You know it’s a good day when you can start it with a quote from Captain Jack Sparrow.  He was very wise, that Captain Jack.  We all have problems.  Life, unfortunately, is full of them.  You just can’t get away from them.  But when you think about it, nine times out of ten, we have an incredibly capjacknegative attitude about our problems.  Well of course, they’re problems, right?  We’re not going to jump for joy and say “woo hoo, I’ve got problems,” but we can look at our problems differently.  Don’t look upon them as something that is insurmountable, look upon them as challenges that you’ll tackle and overcome.  Instead of saying “I can’t because,” try saying “how can I do this?”  or “What will it take?”  It’s all in how you look at it.  There is almost always a way to get around your problems.  Just open your mind and look for the answers.

 

Moving Forward

It doesn’t matter where you are coming from. All that matters is where you are going. –Brian Tracy

The past is important.  We learn from it, we can use it as a baseline to measure how far we’ve come, but we need to rebridgemember something.  It is the past.  What has happened, has happened.  You can’t go back and time and change what has happened.  Let it go, and go forward.  Leave the past where it belongs.  Take the lessons that you have learned and use them to build a bridge.  A bridge to a new and better future.  That is what matters.  It’s not where you’ve been – it’s not even where you are now, but where you are going to that tells the story of your life.

You are Powerful

The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any. – Alice Walker

So many of us think we have no power.  Nothing is up to us, and we don’t control anything, and we exist to cater to the whims of others, be it our bosses, our parents, or our significant others.  The list is endless.  Guess what, it’s not true.  We all have power.  We have the power to say NO, we have the power to negotiate, and amazingly, we have the power to do things.  My students are always quick to point out that they have no power.  They have to come to school, they have to do the work.  No, they don’t.  However, it is beneficial for them to do so, and by doing it, they’re actually giving themselves more power in the form of knowledge.  Life is like that.  Things that look like they’re out of our control can often times be very beneficial.

The absolute only time we don’t have any power is by thinking we don’t have it.  We do have it.  It may not look the way you think it should, but it’s there.  Open your eyes and open your mind, and find your power!

Stumbling Blocks and Stepping Stones

One of the secrets of life is to make stepping-stones out of stumbling blocks. – Jack Penn

Sometimes if feels like no matter what path you choose and no matter which way you turn, somebody or something is building these huge walls that get in your way and block your path.  If you can’t go around, knock a hole in them and go through, or climb over.  Do whatever you have to do.  Don’t let them continue to block your way.  Carve some steps into them and climb over.  Do whatever it takes to keep on your journey.  I have no idea about what lies ahead, but I have complete faith that it’s going to be WONDERFUL.

Obstacles

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal. – Henry Ford

How many times have you set a goal for yourself only to immediately sabotage yourself by saying “I can’t,” or “I winnerwould but this….?”  That’s what happens when you take your eyes off the prize.  You start seeing doubt everywhere.  Don’t let these obstacles stop you from reaching your goals.  Don’t take your eyes off of that goal.  If your goal is to lose 50 pounds – do it.  Focus on that.  Set smaller short term goals to get you to the bigger goal, but never stop working toward it.  Keep your eyes on the prize and don’t let the obstacles get in your way!

Get Out of Your Own Way

Make sure your own worst enemy is not living between your ears.  –  Laird Hamilton

I often have days where I can’t seem to get out of my own way.  Well to be honest, every morning is like that.  But that’s not as big a problem as when I get in my own head and can’t get out.  I’m sure I’m not alone in this.  How many headof us spend our lives filling ourselves up with negative self talk.  “I can’t do this,” or “I’m so stupid,” or “I am too fat.”  The list can go on and on.  I’m pretty sure you know what I’m talking about.  Seriously, I wouldn’t talk to my worst enemy the way I talk to myself sometimes.  Every one of us is an amazing individual, and we all have something that’s great about us.  Take some time, do some self-reflection and start to celebrate the awesomeness that is you rather than tearing yourself down.  Don’t waste time being your own worst enemy, instead, start being your own best friend.

Forgiving

Hating someone makes them important, forgiving them makes them obsolete. – Karen Salmansohn

I’ve actually been having discussions about this with one of my nearest and dearests.  Holding on to grudges and anger doesn’t do ANYTHING to the person you are angry with, but it sure as heck does a number on you.  It gives them so much power over you and it diminishes your strength and self-worth.  Let it go, and walk away.  When you do, you’re taking back your power, and you’re making them obsolete.  If they’ve hurt you that badly that you’re holding on to anger or hate, you don’t need them in your life, in any form.  So forgive them, and let it go.  You’ll feel better in the end.

Be Open to Others

Be happy with what you have and are, be generous with both, and you won’t have to hunt for happiness. – William E. Gladstone

I seem to be on a happiness binge this week…which is good.  Happiness is good!  So today, I had to read this quote again and again becuase I was stuck – it wasn’t making sense to me.  But as always, thought is a good thing…light selflovedawned over marble head and I got it.  I’m pretty generous with my things, but I’m not always generous with who I am.  I don’t always open myself to others.  But when I do, when i’m open to people and let them in to my life and share myself with them, it feels beyond good, it’s great.  It’s hard, but it’s worth the struggle.

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