When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all uphill,
When funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must, but don't you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won if he'd stuck it out.
Don't give up, though the pace seems slow -
You may succeed with another blow.
Often the goal is nearer than
It seems to a faint and faltering man;
Often the struggler has given up
When he might have captured the victor's cup,
And he learned too late, when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out -
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are -
It may be near when it seems afar;
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit -
It's when things seem worst that you mustn't quit.
- Author Unknown
Focus on your thinking at the start of every day. Are your thoughts already racing through your to-do list? Are they jumping from one subject to another?
Did a troubling dream leave you anxious, angry, or fearful?
If you answered yes to any of those questions, spend ten minutes before you even get out of bed doing a mental check.
Take deep breaths. Be aware of your entire body. Feel anchored. Feel centered in it. Quiet your mind. Think positive thoughts. Dial out those bad emotions.
Relax in peace.
The world can wait ten minutes.
When we think about being healed. You probably think about someone being sick or ill. Granted many people have been sick or illness in which they were healed. But there are times we must healed within our hearts and soul. I think once someone is healed from within, there is a change in their life that everyone else can notice. Did you know that situations that you’ve been through could have caused you illness. For instance someone treats you bad. You may say that didn’t effect me but deep inside in your soul – it did cause you illness. If you don’t heal from this – you will be miserable for the rest of your life. I’ve learned that you can’t change the things that have happen to you. But you have the choice to move on. Do not let those situations that have effect your life in a negative way to cause you illness that won’t allow you to be healed. To live a “Heal * Happy * Hopeful” life.
So the next time you experience a bad (sick) experience in your life. Stop and think are you going to remain ill or are you going to let go, move on, and be healed!
Some good reasons to have an attitude of gratitude.
Starting the New Year, I started a gratitude journal.
Last night, I was reading an article from Natural Health Magazine on Gratitude. I’m going to share some of its content. My desire is that you begin this year with Gratitude.
Recent studies show that the benefits of gratitude may include less stress, more joy, enhanced vitality, improved sleep, faster recovery from illness, and more fulfilling relationship and a deeper sense of spiritual connection.
“Gratitude works because it recruits other positive emotions – like joy, contentment, and hope - that have direct physical benefits”, says Robert Emmons, Ph.D (Author of Thanks! How Practicing Gratitude Can Make You Happier)
Conscious appreciation also gives the mind a boost. This boost will dampen the stress response after a long day at work. We need to stop paying attention at what upsets us. Studies have shown that gratitude is a habit – as learnable as flossing.
Here are some ways to give thanks every day.
* Keep a gratitude journal – One of the most effective ways to cultivate appreciation is to write daily in a gratitude journal. (Which I have started this year) In a study by Emmon’s people who make simple lists of what they’re thankful for are 25% happier, sleep half an hour more per night, and exercise 33% more each week than those who don’t. Focusing on gratitude leads to having more to be grateful about.
* Express yourself – It’s also important to share your gratitude with its sources. “We forget to tell that friends we’re grateful for her” says Mary Beth Sammons (Co-author of Living as a Thank You) “If you really articulate why you’re grateful, it’s contagious. She feels really good and starts telling other people she’s grateful, so it becomes this force.” Be specific and consider delivering a handwritten thanks. “Even a simple note that says, “Thank You very much for taking care of my pet when I was on vacation, is very powerful.”
* See a bigger picture - Grateful people spot the positive without denying pain. “Gratitude is an and experience” explains Ryan. “You may be having trouble at work, finances may not be so good, and you receive blessings every day.” The air you breathe, the fact that you are alive, and so much more.
* Celebrate Thanksgiving every day - Many families do a round of “What I’m Grateful For” at Thanksgiving dinner, but Ryan’s family does it every night. “It creates a connection between the people at the table,” she says. It can also connect us to our food when we’re thankful for its journey to our plates – from the sun and rain to the farmer to whoever bought and cooked it. “If you actually allow yourself to experience that,” says Ryan, “then of course you eat in a different way.”
Resourses: Article, “Master the art of Gratitude” appeared in Natural Health Magazine, Nov 2010
Nancy Santana's passion is to empower, motivate, encourage, and inspire you to reach for your dreams and goals.