A few weeks back I did a small Friday afternoon piece on just odds and ends to think about, read, or meditate on going into the weekend. There was a lot of positive respond from that piece, so I am electing to send you into this sunshine filled, cannot help but get outside and soak it up weekend with some reflection and hopefully, motivation. Allow yourself to be breezy and free – throw caution and the agenda in the trash for that matter – and spend an hour or two or the entire day just being carefree … experiment with giving back to yourself and see how that feels for a change.
"Experimenting with [a] magnet brought the law of attraction to life for me... positives attract, and negatives repel. When people allow fear, worry, doubt, indecision and other forms of negative thinking to determine the direction of their mental attitude, they shut off the positive power of their magnets." —Paul J. Meyer
“Don’t Miss the Point” – Darren Hardy
An article from one of my new favorites, Seeds of Success, this commentary speaks of a man who ‘missed the point’; here he tries to convey the message to you that its family, not money, careers, fame, success, or luxuries, that is truly the road to a fulfilled life. As he points out, the majority when asked the question what matters most will answer their families. However, our calendars and agendas prove otherwise. Especially going into this weekend, with what I commonly know as Indian summer, I encourage you to prove this theory wrong and reconnect with those you value most. Don’t miss the point.
And because I cannot get enough of his writing (although if forced to choose between the writings I know you would choose mine, hands down, no question) here is another piece by Hardy:
“Rearview Mirror” – Darren Hardy
The tried tested and true: you are not your past. We cannot relive it, we can only take wisdom from it and leave the rest behind. Living in the past will prevent us from moving forward. Sure there are days where you will struggle more than others on how to let go, but as the article suggests, “Glory or defeat, when the clock struck midnight, that day was over.” Looking in our rear view mirrors we can see where we have been, but we cannot see where we are going. Look back for lessons, but do not focus there.
“Change is as inevitable as rain in the spring. Some of us just put on our raincoats and splash forward.”— Amy Bloom
“What if you are scared of Change” – Amy Bloom
I am absolutely head over heals in love with this piece. It’s as entertaining as it is wise. Ready to admit it or not, each one of us to a certain degree is afraid of change. We fear that in which we don’t know. I for one need Zanax when my favorite TV program switches nights … its human nature to fear the unknown. What we can do to combat change is to accept it into our lives – baby steps at first are recommended, but you can rip band aid off so to speak if your feeling Froggy– but once you are at peace with the fact that with or without your participation change is going to take place … then you can make the real change to deal and address rather than ignore or pretend.
“Becoming the Person You are Meant To Be” – Anne Lamott
Anne points out off the top that we begin to find ourselves when we realize we have already been found. Almost to the point of encouraging rebellious acts (in an etiquette sense only, streaking is frowned upon and not what I mean by carefree – however footloosing in the kitchen is encouraged!), this article speaks to the gypsy soul and persuades you to seek out, explore, break rules, embrace being a mess, your failures, your mistakes – find lessons and apply. Make a to do list of your thoughts, wants, desires, needs – and cross one off each day. Make them simplistic – make them extravagant – but MAKE THEM! Only once made, dreamt up, created can they be achieved!
“If you think on it long enough, you will just know – in fact, you already do” – TUT
Meditation Podcast by Marianne Williamson
I am growing deeper into meditation and the soothing affects it can provide to your mind, body, and soul. I have a restless nature and find it difficult to calm the mind and spirit; this podcast provides insight on how to achieve just that.
… I firmly believe in the passionate love affair that exists between us and life; the ups, the downs, the good, the bad, but until death do us part. You know the Greeks didn't write obituaries. They only asked one question after a man died: "Did he have passion?” Passion: a strong or extravagant fondness, enthusiasm, or desire for anything is what Webster states it to mean. So tell me dear readers, do you? Do you possess the breezy and carefree, glass is half full, achieve your dreams, life is what you make of it, when given lemons, throw in tequila and celebrate with enthusiasm and desire for life? I believe you do. I believe we all do. It’s just a fine line between believing and living it out. Cross yours today and every day … see the difference and don’t cross back.