your power is yours to keep. it exists within your thoughts, feelings, and choices. it belongs to you. donâ€™t give it away. and donâ€™t condemn others when you choose to give your power away because they chose not to. choose again. empowerment never comes from an external source.
suffering is a decision.
perception defines the inward experience of anything. choose better.
sit with that. feel it out. take it in.
to imply that choice alone is the difference between feeling bad, good, or great, or between feeling powerless and powerful is almost tauntingly, if not deceptively, simple sounding. however, it is simple, but not necessarily easy. the trick is that a half-hearted commitment won’t suffice. there is no middle ground.
here are some things that have helped me retain my power:
here’s to happy living!
My work is loving the world.
Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbirdâ€”
equal seekers of sweetness.
Here the quickening yeast there the blue plums.
Here the clam deep in the speckled sand.
Are my boots old? Is my coat torn?
Am I no longer young, and still not half-perfect? Let me
keep my mind on what matters,
which is my work,
which is mostly standing still and learning to be astonished.
The phoebe, the delphinium.
The sheep in the pasture, and the pasture.
Which is mostly rejoicing, since all the ingredients are here,
which is gratitude, to be given a mind and a heart
and these body-clothes,
a mouth with which to give shouts of joy
to the moth and the wren, to the sleepy dug-up clam,
telling them all, over and over, how it is
that we live forever.
– Mary Oliver, Thirst
sometimes the only way life can reveal its truth is to us is to stop us. when it halts you, don’t resist it; pay attention and take heed: slow down.
there are major lessons to walk away with. find the good. find your gratitude. find your patience. find your understanding. find your silence. find your peace.
we will find ourselves renewed when we relax into the flow of life.
Every year on my birthday, I like to thank the people who help influence my life in some way, direct, indirect, small, large, whatever.
At this very moment, I’m overwhelmed with a sense of gratitude and love for all the lessons I’ve learned, from all the inspiration I’ve received, for all the mirrors to myself.
Thank you, my readers, for reading. For commenting. For reaching out. For helping me to understand that this journey is not one I traverse alone and that sharing my reflections is not in vain. To the friends, loved ones, associates, strangers, enemies and opposition who reflect me to myself, who challenge me to grow…thank you. To those who inspire me, teach me, receive me, and amplify my light…thank you. To the brave, the scared, the weak, the strong, the beautiful and ugly spirits…thank you for showing me where I am and where I have to go. Thank you for love. Thank you for light. Thank you for life. I am abundantly blessed & abundantly grateful. 🙂
If you ever want to experience a natural high, practice gratitude. Find reasons to celebrate life. You’ve only got this one (that you know of).
Recently, I’ve been more focused on self-mastery.Ã‚Â So many of us are reactionary and that’s part of the reason why so many people aren’t happy with their lives–because there isn’t a strong enough sense of control.
The one thing we can control, even if it doesn’t necessarily seem that way, is our reactions.Ã‚Â In order to effectively do this, we need to exercise control over our thoughts and feelings.Ã‚Â It’s no small feat, but one I’m sure is certainly worth the undertaking.
Ever since seeing Revolutionary Road, I’ve been keenly aware of the path I’m on and what its limitations are.Ã‚Â There’s a certain way I’d like to live my life and I’m not even sure how much I’d truly enjoy my life if I got everything I think I want without a change in the way I approach life.
Therefore, I’ve been making some changes.
One change is in my level of gratitude, simply appreciating what in my life I understand as good.Ã‚Â Looking for the good has forced me to find some sort of lesson in my daily experiences.Ã‚Â Doing so has, even in this short amount of time, enhanced my level of personal accountability.
1. What have I received?
2. What have I given?
3. What trouble have I caused?
Self-reflection is the most important aspect of personal growth.Ã‚Â I’ll be working to answer these questions daily.
On Twitter last night, I asked what inspired people. Only one person got back to me, but what she said was so profound. Her response was “the unbroken spirits of impoverished people around the world. essentially, love.”
In that moment, I realized I needed more gratitude.
Fast forward to today. A few weeks ago, I was speaking with someone who said she wanted to lose weight, so I emailed her last week to share a few resources I thought would be helpful for the beginning of her journey. This morning, I found out that I gave her the wrong date for something happening at the university where I work and emailed her to update the information.
Shortly thereafter she responded to tell me that my email came at the perfect time and thanked me for thinking of her.
Her appreciation really touched me. I found myself thinking, “thank you for appreciating it!”
So…gratitude. Maybe I need to be more appreciative of myself. Hmm…that’s a new thought. I’ll ponder on that.