The Mind Alone

It’s not the place nor the condition but the mind alone that can make anyone happy or miserable.

Roger L’ Estrange

There was a time when my grief was so big and consuming that I had a hard time bringing myself to a positive mindful place. I think it’s healthy to grieve and important to welcome and respect yourself through the stages of grief. I say that because It’s not always about being happy. I write about positivity a lot. But learning how to allow myself to be sad and depressed was a big part of my journey. It’s silly to shame ourselves for our true feelings. If you’re sad, it’s ok. If you’re tired and depressed, it’s ok. It’s no one’s job to understand why. And it’s no one’s job to change your feelings. Those are yours. On the flip side, it’s always nice when we feel understood and when we feel that our voice is heard.

Great quote great thoughts came from it.

Walking on Sunshine

It’s time for you to come into your own. Don’t hold back. You are the energy that creates worlds.

Abraham Hicks

I’ve had a great week. I’m walking on sunshine right now taking in all these positive vibes. I’m riding this wave as long as it’s willing to carry me. Here I am, in a good place, inviting good things, sharing good things, welcoming good people, trying my best to be a good people. I could do this everyday for the rest of my life. I hope for a million more great weeks just like this one.

Opposing Emotions

To be human and to be adult means constantly to be in the grip of opposing emotions, to have daily to reconcile apparently conflicting tensions. I want this, but need that. I cherish this, but I adore its opposite too.

Stephen Fry

This is one of the first things I had fun with as a writer. I’m sitting here finally allowing myself to feel all the internal pushing and pulling. I acknowledge it regularly but it’s usually in and out of my head quickly or I’m just trying my best to refocus on my goals. After reading this, my perspective shifted from needing to control my thoughts, to accepting that all of them are a part of being human. Abraham Hicks always speaks on letting go of resistance and not pinching off the good that’s trying to come. So when I read this quote and reflected on some of my recent thoughts I felt some tension release. I felt more at ease.

What does this quote make you think about? Did it bring you any ease? Let me know in the comments.

Challenge

I love you not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you. I love you not only for what you have made of yourself, but for what you are making of me. I love you for the part of me that you bring out.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Everyone brings out a different part of us. Some people make us shine, others might try to take our shine away, unintentionally or not. I truly want to make sure I’m always learning new ways to let others shine. It might take some work getting people to believe how shiny they truly are, but I’m willing to take on the challenge.

Consistent Effort

Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.

Winston S. Churchill

The courage to continue. I like that. There’s so many other projects I can start and finish but my two favs are, Writing and building a nonprofit. After I get those established, my next goal is the laundromat. It’s all gunna take time and require consistent effort. Consistent as in doing your best everyday not as in burning yourself to the point where you can no longer enjoy your own success. Steady, healthy, consistent effort.

Life with Optimism

I do the very best I can to look upon life with optimism and hope and looking forward to a better day.

Rosa Parks

I try my best to live optimistically. There was a period of time in my life where it was hard for me to find the bright side of things, but now I’ve found it. Things might get rough. I might fall in and out of optimistic states, but all I know is that the good times are always headed my way. Knowing that the good times return, helps me keep my chin up when things are rough.

Worth

Be worthy love, and love will come.

 Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

What does it mean to be worthy? One definition says, “deserving effort, attention, or respect.”

You are worthy and deserving of effort, attention and respect.

When someone treats you as if you’re worthless, they miss out on the greatest parts of you that you bring to the table. Take note of who you are and how far you’ve come. Take note of your priorities to make space for the worthiness of those around you. Stand up for your worth. And stand up for other’s worth. These things make the world a better place.

Stepping Stone

The past is a stepping stone not a millstone.

Robert Plant

How can we use Plant’s advice to guide our actions? I’m going to share one word, forgiveness. I’m going to share one more word acceptance. Combine the two and the past will no longer be a hinderance. Instead the past will open doors that lead to your present moment. And once you can live unabashedly in the present the future is your to sculpt.

I lived in the past for a long time. I thought I was forgiving but it was actually shame and resentment bubbling below the surface mixed with unhealthy boundaries. Once I took time to forgive myself and those around me, it began my journey directly into the present moment.