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Look Inside Yourself

What lies behind us, and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Originally posted Nov 4, 2011

On the surface, this quote is kind of hard to believe. Where you came from can be so important, it can shape who you are. What lies before us, our goals are also equally as important, it’s what you are shooting for. Then with deeper thought, I kind of started to get it. Yes, where you came from is important, it doesn’t have to define you, or shape who you are. It can, but it doesn’t have to do so. Nor does where you are going have to shape us. look inside yourselfYes, it’s great to have goals, and to focus on them, but it doesn’t have to define you. There will be bumps in the road, and detours and such, but you learn to roll with them. But who you are right now, right this very second, how you feel, how you think, what you believe – your inner strength and fortitude is what does matter. And what is really cool about that, is right now is always changing so it you are not thrilled with who you are right this second, don’t worry, you can change it because the next second is coming.

My thoughts today:

Look inside yourself, that’s something everybody should do on a regular basis.  When you do it, what do you see?  I’m going to be honest, I don’t like what I see.  I see pettiness, judgement, and crankiness.  Of course I can also see kindness, caring and compassion.  I’d like to think that the good stuff overshadows the negative, but I think mostly they just balance each other out. When I started this journey of being a more positive person, I had these pie in the sky visions of becoming this perfect, peaceful person who radiated love and happiness all of the time. As the years have gone by, I’ve realized that I’m not perfect, and I’m never going to be perfect, and more importantly, I don’t want to be perfect.  I want to be me.  When you look inside yourself, who do you see?  I see me.  A perfectly imperfect person who has room to grow and hopefully will always have room to grow.  Look inside yourself, what do you see?

It’s All in What You Do

What we think or what we know or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only consequence is what we do. – John Ruskin

originally posted on 11/3/11

You’ve all heard the expression about the road to hell being paved with good intentions I’m sure. When you think about it, it’s really true. You can have all these grandiose ideas and plans, and that’s great, but if you don’t follow through they mean nothing.

That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have grand thoughts and ideas and develop huge plans – you just have to follow through. Maybe that means starting out small. I know for me it does. I need to focus on changing me and my little part of the world before I try and change the world. But I think that if I do manage to change me, it will, in some small way, change the world as well.

My thoughts today:

You can talk the talk, but if you don’t walk the walk, does it really matter?  I don’t think so.  It’s all in what you do.  Saturday is traditionally my day to it's all in what you dobe super lazy.  Maybe do some laundry and go grocery shopping, but pretty much, that’s it.  Well, I’ve spent a lot of time whining talking about how busy I’ve been at school this week.  I also talk a lot about honoring commitments and being responsible, which is why I spent over 4 hours this morning working on IEPs.  It’s all in what you do, and what I did was my job.  I’m not looking for a brass band, though some confetti would be nice, lol.  What I do have is an incredible sense of pride in myself for making a plan (to bring work home) and following through (getting it done).  Am I completely done?  No, of course not, but I’m way better off than I was.

It’s all in what you do.  If you say you’re going to do it, then do it.  If you have a plan, then follow through.  Not much has changed since I originally posted this quote.  Make the plan, start small if you need to, and most important of all, follow through, because it’s all in what you do.

A New and Better Day

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts. – Eleanor Roosevelt

Originally posted May 17, 2017

We all know that every day is a new day.  The sun sets, the sun rises – boom, new day.  What is cool about the new day is with it, comes all sorts of new things, and more importantly, an end to the old (and bad) things.  I’m certainly not saying that when you wake up, every horrible thing that has a new and better dayhappened disappears from your existence, but the new day gives us a tremendous gift called clarity.  It gives us perspective and allows us to look at things from a distance, even if that distance is 24 hours.  It gives us the chance to form new thoughts, and summon from deep within us, the strength to deal with whatever life may throw at us.  It also gives us an opportunity to celebrate and enjoy the good things that have happened.  Give each new day the celebration it deserves and enjoy the gifts that it provides to us.

Here’s what I have to add today.

Thank God for new days.  I’ve had quite a few bad days lately.  Stupid stuff mostly, but it’s made life kind of challenging.  But luckily, there is a new day every 24 hours and with that new day comes a chance for new and better things to happen.  Sometimes they do happen, and that’s awesome.  Sometimes they don’t, and that sucks.  When they don’t, you have a choice to make.  Do you get caught up in all the bad and drag it over into the next day or do you look at the new day as an opportunity for new and better thoughts?  I know what I do.  I try to put the bad aside and focus on new thoughts for a new and better day.

Worrying is Such a Waste of Time

Worrying is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but it gets you nowhere. – Glenn Turner

Originally posted December 20, 2011

Worry is such a waste of time…logically, I know this. There are songs that remind me of this (Don’t Worry, Be Happy) and let us not forget Mad Magazine’s Alfred E. Neuman’s “What, Me Worry?”

Worry gets you know where. It doesn’t change anything and it only makes what you’re worrying about seem worse. However not worrying is hard. In fact, it’s practically impossible. I wish I knew how not to worry, but I don’t. I’m working on it though. I try to be aware of the things that are going on in my life, but I’m working on not dwelling on them or obsessing over them. It’s not easy, but I’m trying it. I won’t ignore things and walk blissfully along as though I have nary a worry in the world, but I’m not going to let those worries take over my life, either.

worrying is such a waste of timeSome new thoughts

I think it’s kind of great that I chose this quote to repost this weekend.  I’ve talked a lot lately about how I’ve been down in the dumps and a bit stressed, and this quote helped me to realize that I have indeed been worrying.  I’ve been worrying about things I can control.  Okay that one make sense.  But I’ve also been worrying about things that are out of my control.  That one makes a lot less sense, because they are completely and totally out of my control. Worrying is  such a waste of time! So I’m actually going to try not worrying at all.  I’m not going to ignore the things that are on my mind.  What I am going to do is acknowledge them, and try and let them go to the universe.  I’ll do what I can, that’s all I can do.  I often tell my daughter to “let go and let God,” when she’s stressed and worried.  It’s good advice.  I need to start taking it.  Actually, I don’t think it will hurt anybody to take it.  If you believe in a different deity, that’s fine, let go and let your deity deal with it.  If you don’t believe in any deity, that’s fine too.  Let go and let the universe handle it.  Don’t worry, in the end, it really isn’t worth it.

What good is worrying going to do?  Is it going to fix what you’re worrying about?  In my experience, no.  Maybe you know a different way of worrying that actually accomplishes something.  If you do, let me know. So my advice to you, tonight is this.  Acknowledge what’s going on.  Do waht you can to fix it, but whatever you do, don’t waste time worrying about it because your worrying isn’t going to change anything.

 

Be Careful What You Put Out There

This was originally posted on September 11, 2012 The original post dealt with 9/11. I’m going to reshare that, but based upon things that are going on now, I have a totally different take.

A loving person lives in a loving world. A hostile person lives in a hostile world. Everyone you meet is your mirror. Ken Keyes Jr.

So today was an incredibly busy day, and I wasn’t going to write a blog post to go with this quote, but then, I received an email full of hate and evilness directed at a particular religious group. I realize that today is a particularly difficult day for a lot of be careful what you put out therepeople in the United States, and I get why. But to read the words I read, directed at an entire group of people because of the acts of a few struck a very negative chord in me. I was prepared to rant and rave – okay I did express my opinion, but I didn’t rant or rave. A few people in the email group agreed with my opinion, and a few disagreed. No big deal, that’s what this world is about, agreeing and disagreeing. As is wont to happen, the arguments grew a little bit heated and tempers flared. I was tempted to just ignore it, but then I remembered the Daily Positive Thought for today. I realized that what I experienced today on that email list was this quote exactly. Here was a person so consumed with hate, ignorance and fear that they now lived in a world of their own making; a world of hate, ignorance and fear.

There are people that I like and people that I don’t. That’s human nature, but today thanks in part to this quote and to an email from someone, I’ve learned the difference between living in a world of hate and a world of love. I’m choosing to look in to my own personal mirror and see a person who lives in a world of love.

Today this quote is talking to me in a different way.  I am watching the interactions of three people.  One of them actively dislikes another, and that feeling has now become mutual.  But I’m watching a third person mirror the attitudes of the first person, even though I think deep inside, they really don’t want to.  And the poor third person is starting to just hate the world because they are mirroring back what is shown to them on a daily basis.

Hate and grudge holding don’t get you anywhere.  It doesn’t fix anything and it doesn’t change anything.  It only hurts you, and it hurts the people around you, and eventually, you start hating the person you are, and you become filled with more anger and hurt.  It perpetuates a vicious cycle that will only cause pain in the end.  Instead of being angry and holding grudges, try and practice forgiveness, and if you can’t love them back, at least practice tolerance and acceptance.

Follow the Map to Your Future

Originally posted September 10th, 2012

I blogged a lot about change this week, because I need to make some changes. You also need to have a plan, and as I was revisiting blog posts, I was reminded just how important a plan really is.

A good plan is like a road map: It shows the final destination and usually the best way to get there.~ H. Stanley Judd

I’m not the best planner in the world.  Too many times, I’ve found myself flying by the seat of my pants with semi disastrous results.  Other times, I’ve had a clearly defined plan, and generally the results were much better.  It’s kind of Follow the map to your futurelike when you go on a road trip, even if you don’t have a route mapped out, you generally have an end destination in mind.  Life is like that, having a clearly defined plan makes it so much easier to achieve your goal.

Granted, when Alexander Flemming discovered penicillin, he wasn’t trying too, but he was working on something, and he did have a plan.  The penicillin discovery was simply an added bonus.  Set the goal, develop the plan, and follow it.  If there are deviations that lead to bonuses all the better, but without that plan, that road map, chances are, you won’t be discovering all that much.

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