Spring is busting out all over!
Ha! Ha! Fooled you! It’s still winter here and we experienced a wintery mix just yesterday.
BUT I did see some flowers popping up through the frozen ground this week. That gives me hope.
If you look for signs, you will find them. If you keep your eyes focused on the little bits of snow or the frozen, leafless trees or bushes, that is what you will see. What are you looking for?
In life we are given many opportunities to declare ourselves optimists or pessimists. The glass is half-full or half-empty. The fact is that the 8 ounce glass has 4 ounces in it, but the way we perceive that fact colors how we think about it, talk about it, feel about it.
How are you feeling about yourself, your life, your relationsips, your work right now? Could that feeling be based on how you talk about something, which is based on what you think about it and how you perceive something that can be reduced to a fact, like the glass holding 4 ounces of liquid?
What signs are you looking for, or are you waiting for something to happen (externally) to change how you feel (internally)? This, I think, is the crux of the ‘feeling stuck syndrome.’ We keep ourselves focused on that ‘something’ that we expect to change and then we wait for the external to shift so we can shift how we feel internally. This is bass-ackwards!
Shift inside FIRST and watch the external situation change! Reach inside yourself for the truth and act upon that, not your perceptions of the so-called reality you see outside yourself. Where does your hope come from? Are there signs that you are ignoring because you are looking for something to back up how you are feeling instead of shifting your interior state so that you can see the signs that help you to move forward with great hope?
This game of ‘inside-outside’ can trap us in every area of our lives. We dislike a person, often projecting unconsciously our own insecurities and faults onto them, then they react to that negative energy. We are so sure something isn’t going to work out that we talk about that expectation, reinforcing that thought, speaking it over and over again, and then we are so cocky when we say, ‘See! I told you it wouldn’t work out!’ Often we never even looked for a way to make it work out because we were so sure that it wouldn’t.
And that is what happens to us – we don’t even seek solutions or improvements because we’re so convinced that there are none.
Reach out beyond what you can see to the possibilities that are there. Keep your mind open to optimism. Maybe things aren’t as bleak as they seem. Maybe the glass really is half-full and not half-empty. Take charge of how you think, speak, feel about something and it just might change around you.
You have the ability to shift your thinking, speaking and feeling. Sure, there might be some circumstances that aren’t exactly the way you’d like them to be. You might have been given a medical diagnosis that you don’t like. You might be in a complicated relationship. You might have financial issues, or a job you don’t like. There are lots of things that could be happening around you.
BUT, and this is huge, you have the power to change how you interact with circumstances. You can get angry, at yourself or someone else. You can get depressed and close yourself off from others. You can choose to do something about your situation, such as see a counselor or coach, change your eating program, get another job, move on to a different relationship. And you can always choose to examine your own thoughts and feelings to decide if this is the level at which you wish to change.
Watch for signs that bring you hope. If you see something that reinforces a thought that seems pessimistic, take the time to look around for what an optimist would see. Play the game for yourself, by yourself.
After all, Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see his shadow on Groundhog Day so we’re sure to have an early Spring, whether you see the flowers yet or not! It’s a sign!!!
PS: If you are in the Annapolis, MD area check out my Rainbow Balance Color Therapy class coming on four successive Thursday evenings in March, the 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th. Special pricing for this class expires March 1. If you are not in the area you’ll be able to take the class online soon. Stay tuned for the details.
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