Thinking Out Loud ~ Take the First Step

The Chasm is Not as Wide as You Think

Joseph Campbell says in Reflections on the Art of Living, “A bit of advice given to a young Native American at the time of his initiation: as you go the way of life, you will see a great chasm. Jump. It is not as wide as you think.” P. 26

Note: When I was teaching at the University, I taught a course on change. I learned a lot about change by teaching about it. I learned I could only change myself and no one else. I also learned that the most difficult step to take in making a change is the first one. Once it is taken everything falls into place. Don’t be afraid. Listen to the wisdom of the Native Americans. The great chasm is not as wide as you think, take the first step and the rest will fall into place.

Thinking Out Loud ~ Trust the Leap

Joseph Campbell says in Reflections on the Art of Living, “We must be willing to get rid of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.” P. 18

Note: It’s difficult to give up something we’re used to and to work for something we’ve yet to full comprehend. It is like asking someone to give up dessert so they can acquire a healthier body. At first, giving up dessert is painful as the smells ,the sights, and the taste all work against giving it up. iI is the same in any aspect of our lives where we want to make a change. Sometimes we have to let go and leap into the future believing it will all turn out well. It will, trust the leap.

Feel Good Tip of the Day ~ Switch it Up

Normally, my breakfast is the same each day. I have type of cereal (I rotate the kinds of cereal daily),add a dash  of cinnamon on top, zero sugar Greek yogurt, a dish of  blueberries with a handful of goji berries on top, and a pot of coffee. I’ve been doing it so long, I could sleep walk through it. Today, I switched it up. I toasted a slice of seeded multigrain bread and ccovered it with freshly ground peanut butter, and, of course, I had my blueberries with the goji berries on top and my pot of coffee. The switch was wonderful for my taste buds and my mind. It’s good to switch up our routines every now and then and get out of the ruts we make for ourselves. What will you switch up tomorrow?

Feel Good Tip of The Day ~ Roll With It

My amigo Jose is worried about the affect of the hot Texas sun on the new grass he planted this spring. I can understand how Jose feels since we are in a day after day cycle of 100 degree (38 C) weather. There are things in our lives we can’t change no matter how much we want to change them. Why waste a moment of energy fretting about it? It’s better to focus on what we can change and make the most of the moment. I think I’ll just roll along with the hot weather and pour myself  another  Texas sized glass of iced tea.

Positive Thought of the Day ~ Becoming New

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” Lao Tzu

NOTE: Nature teaches us great lessons. One of the lessons nature teaches us is that everything changes. The large live oak in my yard goes through the change process each year. In march, it sheds its leaves. No sooner are the leaves shed when the new buds appear and within a week or two the giant live oak is covered with fresh green leaves. Change happens. It’s the same with each of us. We change. When we adapt to change and the changing circumstances in our lives, we grow into something new. Don’t resist the moments of change, embrace them and take on the new.

Positive Thought of the Day ~ Choose Joy, Love, and Happiness

Grudges are a waste of perfect happiness. Laugh when you can. Apologize when you should and let go of what you can’t change.” ~ Drake


NOTE: Spend  your emotional and physical energy on those things that bring joy, love, and happiness to you and those you love. Don’t waste a second on fretting over what you can’t change or being yanked into someone else’s chaotic ride. 

Inspiring Quote of the Day ~ You Have Incredible Power to Change

Never underestimate the power you have to take your life in a new direction.”

~ Germany Kent

Feeling Good Tip of the Day ~ Don’t Stress Over Things You Can’t Control

You Can Choose to Let It Slide

There are always going to be people elected into office whom you don’t like, taxes that you don’t want to pay, idiot drivers who refuse to move out of the left-hand lane, and a person ahead of you in the check-out line who won’t stop chatting with the clerk. The great benefit of being human is that we get to experience all of what life offers us, the good, the bad, and the ugly. To live stress-free is to learn to deal with this fact.

Dwelling on your frustration with a situation, person, place, or thing that can’t be changed doesn’t do anything other than drag you down. You can choose how to respond to negative situations. Choose to be happy and not angry or frustrated.


Positive Thought of the Day ~ Put the Shovel Down

This morning I heard a song by Slaid Cleaves. One of the lyrics stuck with me. “If you want to get out of the hole you’re in the first thing you got to do is put the shovel down.” I like those words. I know they’ve applied to my life time and again. It was only when I became aware I was making the hole I was in deeper by my continuous digging. My life got better when I learned to put the shovel down and climb out of the hole.  Are you stuck? Put the shovel down and climb out of the hole.

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