“Balance, peace, and joy are the fruit of a successful life. It starts with recognizing your talents and finding ways to serve others by using them.” — Thomas Kinkade
Today, September 13 is Positive Thinking Day. No surprise I latched onto this one, right? One truth in this world that I do know is that we all create our own reality with our thoughts. You really are what you think, so we all really want to be careful of what we let into our minds, hearts and lives not just today, but everyday.
Bob and I have a very nice laundry room in our home. I did not realize how spoiled we were until the dryer went out. We live full-time at a lakeside resort and there is a laundry room on the property. In fact it is less than a block from our house. But I quickly learned that dragging hampers full of wet laundry even a short distance in not fun. The first two times I tried I hurt my back and neck. After weighing my options I decided to take the laundry into town when I took Bob to the YMCA and dry the clothes at the laundromat while I waited for Bob. Seemed like a great idea. In fact earlier this week the laundry was all washed and ready to go when Bob decided he was not up to the Y. Not wanting to drive into town just to dry clothes I decided to schlep them down to the laundry room. But this time I did something different.
So what did I do? The first two times I was trying to dry clothes while also trying to work online and prepare lunch, with frequent trips back and forth between home and laundry room. It was a mess. I was a mess. Everything got done, but not well. When I was finished I was in pain.
So… this time I decided to devote my full time and attention to the laundry. I sat down and waited for the clothes to dry. I read magazines. I drank a bottle of water and had a nice conversation with a neighbor who came in to wash her clothes. What I had been seeing as a burdensome chore became a welcome break. And since I was not worried about getting everything done at once, my muscles did not tense up when I picked up the laundry baskets, and I was not in pain.
Another gentle reminder of how we create our own reality and a good lesson in living in the present moment.
Yesterday morning as I was walking toward the lake I stopped suddenly with a “Whoa… Cool!” The beauty of the morning mist hovering over the lake stopped me in my tracks. This is not an everyday occurrence, but it is also not that rare. It does leave me in awe every time I see it however.
I continued on and stopped for a minute to take a moment to soak in the beauty of the moment. When I turned back to the trail I saw someone on their porch and said, “I was just admiring the mist on the lake.” He looked out and had obviously not noticed it. Then I said while pointing, “That bank of clouds over there looks like it is actually touching the lake.” He then paused for a minute, looking, and said. “Yeah, it does… Cool!”
As I continued on my walk, I realized that this is what my life is all about. Living my life, walking in the truth and sharing it in gentle and subtle ways as I go. I need to be reminded of that a lot. When we first moved here people laughed at me… a lot. I was just that crazy woman who walked all the time. But now after watching me for three years I am seeing people making changes in their own lives to become more healthy and mindful. Our best teachings come not from our words, but from the way we live.
As an artist I believe it is my joy, pleasure and responsibility to let people get a glimpse of the world through this artist’s eyes. In fact all awakened beings share in this, artists or not. It is only through seeing glimpses of what life not only can be but is if we only open our eyes to it that people will begin to realize the reality that they have created for themselves does not have to be so.
So as you walk through this life be open to your own opportunities to see the world through new eyes. Live and walk in truth and love and others may have the same opportunity through you.
Two and a half years ago Bob and I moved to the lake. At first it was “paradise.” Then some major changes around here brought us back to reality and reminded us that life has its challenges and people are people no matter where you live.
The biggest challenge for me has been staying young and healthy in body, mind and spirit while surrounded by people who are older and believe sickness is an inevitable part of aging. In fact certain illnesses and major surgeries seem to be badges of honor and rights of passage.
During this time I have often found myself feeling that I was fighting against negativity, stereotypes of aging and yes sometimes even people. I have often talked with Bob about the struggle to maintain my healthy lifestyle.
Then something happened that made me realize I had it all wrong. Instead of fighting against I should see myself as living for something greater. Instead of fighting against sickness and negativity I should be living for wellness, light, love and focusing on the positive. It may seem like a very slight shift but if we look at it closely the difference is huge.
The same applies to life in the wider world. Are we fighting against the negative forces in the world today or are we living for light, love, peace, acceptance, and creating a better world for all?
What are you fighting against? How can you flip that into living for something greater?
Remember that resource list I published here some time ago? Well it just sat there on it’s own page with only a handful of people ever looking at it.
During this difficult time I know people will be needing these resources more than ever making it important to get them out where people will be able to find them. So beginning today and running until the end of the year, every Monday I will post a few of these resources. At the bottom of each weeks list will be a link to the previous weeks.
Now, what can you do to help get the word out?
- Like and comment on the post to let me know you’ve been here.
- Post a link on social media.
- Re-blog this on your blog.
- Tell your friends.
Positive thinking and healthy living do not come automatically to most people. As with learning any new skill it takes practice. There are also resources and tools that can help. These are a few of our favorites. The links will open in a new window.
#1 Creative Affirmations – Affirmations to help live the best you.
#2 Daily Positive Affirmations – A free positive affirmation every day.
#3 Everyday Affirmations – Daily positive affirmations.
#4 Psalms and Affirmations – Affirmations from the book of Psalms.
#5 Vital Affirmations – Using positive affirmations for change.
#6 True Affirmations – Weekly affirmations by e-mail to help change your reality by changing how you think.
#7 Charter for Compassion – Join to make compassion a clear, luminous and dynamic force in our polarized world.
#8 Compassion it. – Turning compassion into a verb – an action.