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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.

 

Courage Is a Muscle …My Thought for the Day…May 31, 2019

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May 31, 2019

“We don’t develop courage by being happy every day.  We develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.”

Barbara De Angelis


Courage Is a Muscle

Courage is a muscle.  And like any muscle, it needs to be developed and used or it can go flabby.  When we survive a difficult time or challenge adversity, generally we can feel proud of that and it helps to grow our courage.

But what about the not so difficult times?  I have found in my life, as I have settled into my own comfortable routine, that my courage muscle has gone flabby.  Things I once wouldn’t have batted an eye at seem to scare me more now than ever.  I was talking to my sister earlier and lamenting how the older you get the goofier you get, and she agreed!

Challenge the Fear

So, what is the answer?  Well, you can stay afraid and hide in routine and safe pursuits, or you can challenge your fears.  I don’t mean skydiving or bungee jumping, but if that’s what you want to do, more power to you!

I am thinking more baby steps to start.  Identify a small fear you may have, be it going to a crowded store, or driving on the highway.  Then play it out in your mind, like you are actually doing it.  How do you feel?  A little anxious?  That’s ok!  Do you think maybe you could challenge this fear and go for that drive?  How about you set a limit, such as, ‘I will get on the highway and drive, but I will allow myself, no questions asked, to get off at the nearest exit if I need to’.  And see how it goes.  You might find you don’t want to get off, and that driving can be fun.

Either way, be gentle with yourself, the fears are very real.  And every step you take to conquer them are a victory, and should be celebrated as such.  If you can tackle one small fear a day, or every couple of days you will find your courage growing like the muscle it is!  And if not, again, be gentle with yourself, you will when you are ready.

What small fear will you conquer today?

Opportunities or Obstacles?…My Thought for the Day…May 13, 2019

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May 13, 2019

“If you believe it will work out, you’ll see opportunities. If you believe it won’t, you will see obstacles.”
Wayne Dyer


Opportunities or Obstacles?

It is all about perspective isn’t it?  Are you a glass half full or a glass half empty sort?  Do you see opportunities in your life or obstacles? Of course, it is so much easier said than done.  Our outlook is programmed from birth by life and gets more hard wired the longer we live.

Overcoming a negative attitude can sometimes seem insurmountable, but it can be done.  One piece at a time, one step at a time.  Recognizing it is the first stage, and a hard one at that.  No one wants to believe they are a glass half empty type.  But acknowledgement is the first step. Then taking that negative thought or attitude and consciously turning it around.

This is hard at first and can seem overwhelming, but again, you take it a piece at a time.  It doesn’t happen overnight.  But it does happen.  As you consciously tackle negative thoughts, attitudes and beliefs and turn them around it becomes easier.  Like a muscle, your ability grows.

And before you know it, people will start seeing you as a more positive person.  And life seems to get a bit easier when it is fueled with positivity rather than negativity.  It is like having the wind at your back, the whole way.  And soon, you will be seeing opportunities rather than obstacles!

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!


My Thought for the Day…April 8, 2019…Encouragement

“Never discourage anyone…who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.”

Plato


Encouragement

We all learn at different speeds.  Some catch on quickly, others take a bit more time and encouragement but eventually get it.  It may be easy to think that the person that is not catching on as quick just isn’t going to work out, but don’t be so quick to judge.

Ability to catch on quickly doesn’t necessarily equate to work ethic and loyalty.  A lot of times people who catch on quickly also get bored quickly.  The person you encourage and invest more time into to help them succeed will also be more invested in the quality of their work, the job, and the team.

Encouragement costs you nothing and pays dividends in the end.

Have a great week.

 

My Thought for the Day…March 21, 2019

“No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow you progress, you are still way ahead of everyone who isn’t trying.”

-Tony Robbins

This is something I needed to hear today.  I have started on a journey that is taking up a lot of my time and resources, for what it seems on the surface to be very little return.  It is an overwhelming process full of new information to digest and apply, and ultimately, to decide if it is worth continuing.

But, I AM trying.

Have a great Thursday everybody.