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Forward!…My Thought for the Day…June 12, 2019

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June 12, 2019

“Don’t let the past steal your present.”

-Terri Guillemets


Forward!

How do we keep moving forward when seemingly immobilized by the past?  Whenever I see this particular quote, I think of another, “Past performance is not indicative of future results.”  It makes me laugh a little.

But it is still hard to not be influenced by the past.  The key is balance, use the past as a tool to make a decision, but only as a tool.  Don’t let it overwhelm you where you are frozen and unable to make a decision.

I speak of this from extensive experience of being frozen and unable to make a decision.  Which I am finding is another symptom of Asperger’s.  And speaking of being frozen, the next quote I am reminded of is “Not to decide is to decide.” by Harvey Cox.  I can still see it plainly boxed out in a sidebar in my religion textbook from catholic grade school.  Funny it has stuck with me all these years; it must be important!

So how do we use the past simply as tool, and not let it steal our present?  I wish I knew!  Maybe simply being aware that this is a possibility?  Simply being aware when you go into that frozen state and realizing what is happening.  That you are being immobilized by the past, which is over, and really has no direct bearing on the now.

And finally, another quote I am reminded of, “Awareness is the first step…”  Yes, I suppose awareness IS the first step.  Only by being aware of our weaknesses can we move forward.

 

The Desire to Achieve…My Thought for the Day…May 22, 2019

 

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May 22, 2019

“A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others”
Ayn Rand


The Desire to Achieve

Interesting quote today.  I am never quite sure what makes me pick a particular quote.  I search for quotes and grab the ones that strike a chord in me.  Then I create the graphic.  Most often, not really knowing what it is I am going to write about.

So, I am not even sure what this quote means, I do know I like it for whatever reason.  I have never been much of a competitive person, I am more the cheerleader type, cheering all on to win or achieve their goals.  I have never taken pleasure in ‘beating’ others or broadcasting the fact that I won.

Does this mean I am a creative person?  Does it mean creative versus destructive?  Is the desire to beat others an ultimately destructive desire?

What does it mean to you?  I’d really like to know!

Courage to Conquer a Fear…My Thought for the Day…April 17, 2019

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April 17, 2019

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.

– Nelson Mandela


Courage to Conquer a Fear

Everybody has fears, they are a natural part of life.  Fear is our body’s way of trying to keep us safe and not eaten by a lion or shunned by the group that helps us to stay alive.  Fear is hard wired into us.  Unfortunately, fear can get blown out if proportion.

Finding the courage to conquer a fear is no easy task.  Most of us will not find that courage, and that fear will just get avoided and pushed into the backs of our minds until confronted with the fear again.  So, no judgement here, I am just as guilty.  Irrational fears and me go way back!

But finding the courage to conquer a fear is always a victory, no matter how small.  And courage to confront your fears is like a muscle.  The more you exercise it, the stronger and the easier it becomes.  And before you know it, you will have the confidence to confront another fear.

Have a great Wednesday!

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Starting is Hard…My Thought for the Day…April 15, 2019

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April 15, 2019

“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.”
-Zig Ziglar


Starting is Hard

Starting is hard.   Every time I sit down to make these posts, I have a hard time getting started. Making the graphic is the easier and more enjoyable part.  I could make these graphics all day, everyday!  But the writing is where I must stretch myself.

Doubts creep in, will I have anything worthwhile to say?  Who am I to be saying such things in the first place? 

But I make myself start typing, the first thing that comes into my head.  And like the pond in the graphic, the one small ripple gains power and strength and makes more ripples.  And somehow, the words come.

Starting anything that has an unknown factor is even harder.  But the idea is the same.   A step in the right direction to get the ball rolling usually leads to more steps and can break our inertia of fear and doubt.

You won’t be great to start, that is for sure.  But like Zig said, you do have to start to be great.

Have a great week!

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Doubts Are a Funny Thing…My Thought for the Day…April 12, 2019

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April 12, 2019

“The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.”
-Franklin D. Roosevelt


Doubts Are a Funny Thing

Doubts are a funny thing.  One the one hand they are good, serving as a barometer.  Having doubts shows you are questioning and reasoning, working things out, using your mind.  But doubts can also take over all reasonable thinking and cripple us into inaction.  Or worse, cause us to abandon an idea, goal, or project prematurely.

The key is to use the tool of doubt, but not to let it use you.  Easier said than done!  When I have doubts, I find it is helpful to talk them out with a trusted friend.  Getting them out of my head and allowing someone else to help me dissect them is really helpful.   In the absence of a good friend, just writing about them helps to, and helps to clarify what the next steps are.

Doubts are just a red flag our wonderful brains throw up to alert us that we might not have thought something through enough.    Doubts encourage us to explore further, sometimes finding a better path to our goals we had not previously considered.  Doubts also can signal that we are on the wrong path entirely, and that’s ok too.  Use your doubts as a tool, don’t let them use you!

Have a great weekend!

 

 

 

Get Back Up!…My Thought for the Day…April 10, 2019

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April 10, 2019

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”
Confucius?


Get Back Up!

Although strangely put, this quote kind of says it all.  We’re all going to fall at some time or another, whether we get back up, that is the question.

Like a toddler learning to walk, we repeat this cycle over and over throughout our lives with every new thing we learn or embark on.  We’re all gonna fall a couple of times, it is only natural.

Our greatest glory is in our capacity and willingness to get back up and keep going.

So, a funny sidebar to this quote.  After I uploaded my graphic to the blog, I decided to check the wording of it, because it sounded strange.  I found that Confucius never did say this!

According to Matthew Haywood, Ph.D. Chinese Music, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (2022) explains that

“the quote can be traced back to an English author impersonating a Chinese person quoting a proverb made by the author himself.”

Ha!

Regardless, the idea behind it is still good.

Have a great Wednesday!


Make It Happen!…My Thought for the Day…April 2, 2019

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April 2, 2019

“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.”

Michael Jordan

Make It Happen!

I am sure this quote describes all of us at one time or another.  We got caught up in wishful thinking:

     “If wishes were fishes we’d all swim in riches.”

and

     “If wishes were horses then beggars would ride,

     If turnips were swords I’d have one by my side.

     If ‘ifs’ and ‘ands’ were pots and pans

    There would be no need for tinker’s hands!”

So how do we make it happen?  That’s an easy one, you just start.  One small action takes you from being a “wisher” to being a “doer.”  You are only one small action away!  And one small action snowballs into 2, 3, 4….

It’s a brand-new day, so make it happen!  Have a great Tuesday.

My Thought for the Day…April 1, 2019…Get Started!


“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”
Walt Disney


So, Get Started!

An idea will only remain an idea until some action is taken.  It may be the most beautiful idea, but it will only continue to live in your head until you initiate some sort of action.

No matter how small, any action is better than none.  Write it down, do some research, talk it out with a trusted friend, just get it out of your head.

You may find that after taking some actions that your idea really isn’t feasible anymore, but that’s ok.  At least you found out, at least you gave your idea a chance in the tangible world outside of your head.

And new ideas will quickly come to fill the place of the old.

Have a great Monday!

My Thought for the Day…March 27, 2019

“Don’t be distracted by criticism.  Remember~ the only taste of success some people have is when they take a bite out of YOU.”

-Zig Ziglar

Why do some people have to try to make you feel small in order for them to feel big?  I have never understood this, but I am sure we have all experienced it.  You’re riding high, things are going right then BAM, someone takes a swipe at you.

In hindsight, it is easy to see their motive, they are unhappy and want to take down anyone who isn’t.  Out of jealousy, spite, or just plain grouchiness, who really knows.  Whatever the reason, they get some sort of boost out of the interaction, so it’s worth it to them.

In the moment, for me at least, they are usually successful, and I am taken down a notch or 10 depending on the severity of the attack.  In that moment we need to forgive ourselves for allowing this to happen, because you can’t always see such attacks coming and if you were constantly on guard for such things, you’d be a wreck.  Been there, done that, not pretty, believe me.

It is what you do after the attack that matters the most.  Do you mull over it incessantly, or do you pick yourself back up, brush off the assault and go on?

Maybe you actually confront the attacker and ask, “Why did you do that?” and then move on.  You’ve then brought their petty behavior to light by acknowledging it, and that helps you to regain your power.  Then bringing yourself back up and moving on like nothing happened, well, that’s just priceless.

Have a great Wednesday!

My Thought for the Day…March 26, 2019

“Life has no remote.  Get up and change it yourself.”

-Mark A. Cooper

I just love this quote!  I found it by just searching for uplifting quotes on the internet like usual, but became intrigued by, just who is this guy?  Is he a motivational speaker?  Is he an industry magnate?  Turns out, he writes fiction for young adults. This particular quote is from Operation Einstein from the Edelweiss Pirates series which is set during World War II in Nazi Germany.  https://markacooper.com/edelweiss-pirates

I was totally going to buy whatever book this awesome quote came from, until I actually found out what book it actually came from.

In short, Nazis. Freak. Me. Out.

They always have.  Even as a small child, watching The Sound of Music I became terrified when the Nazi part started.  To this day, if I watch it, I turn it off at that part!  Every time I see something Nazi-related (like all Indiana Jones movies) a huge fear in the pit of my stomach rises, and I really can’t explain why.

Sure, their leaders and agenda were evil and sadistic, but I didn’t experience it.  But sometimes, I viscerally feel like it I did.  Sometimes, I think a past life is the only way to explain it.

And does this tie in with yesterday’s post about facing your fears?  Possibly…probably…  Maybe the universe is trying to tell me it is time to conquer this fear once and for all in the safe space of kid’s book.

How scary could that be?

Well, off to buy a book, have a great Tuesday, a transformational Tuesday that is…😉