“You can focus on what’s wrong in your life or you can focus on what’s right.” – Marianne Williamson
I’ve been waiting for my tax refund check for over a month now. After calling the Kansas City Department of Revenue (twice!), and being told the “check is in the mail,” I open the mailbox each day expecting the check to be there.
It’s still a no show. My positive anticipation quickly moves to negative disappointment.
My self-created cat-and-mouse game with chasing the check has left me in a negative mood. Rather than surrendering its arrival and staying focused on the positive things the check represents, I’ve become bitter about its MIA status. This bitterness is seeping into other areas of my life, too.
So, it’s time to get back to staying positive – which on some days is more of an art, than a science.
To help myself find this lost art, I’ve recommitted to returning to these ten ways to stay positive.
After all, if we can stay positive no matter what life throws at us, we have the freedom to change our lives into anything we want then to be – no matter when the check arrives. Continue Reading This Post »
“Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.” – Norman Cousins
I’ve struggled with feeling confident most of my life. Wearing eyeglasses as a young boy along with a pronounced speech impediment set the framework for a fragile self-confidence.
But with each passing year, I’m learning that it’s less important how others see me and more important how I see myself – and I how feel about myself on the inside.
Feeling good on the inside is integral to living a happy, successful and balanced life. But, not all days are easy ones. Some days my self-confidence feels as shaky as it did when I was six years old.
On these days, I rely on the following ways to feel good on the inside so I can begin feeling worthy, valuable and full of passion once again: Continue Reading This Post »
“Prayer is nothing else than a sense of God’s presence” – Brother Lawrence
When my brother unexpectedly died, the pain cut a wound deep into my soul. Eric’s death sent me spinning into a dark hole of guilt, shame and fear.
Questions like: Why couldn’t I save him?; Why him and not me? and Is his early death a foreshadowing to my own? filled me with anxiety like I had never felt before.
Now 18 months later, I’m slowly climbing out of that dark hole. The support of my family and friends has helped. Along with the love I’ve received, I’ve also moved back to the practice of prayer. Saying a simple prayer every day helps to relieve the pain.
These prayers aren’t very long, but they do inspire and encourage me to see the good that still lives around me. Consider one of these simple prayers the next time you need to find some peace, too. Continue Reading This Post »
“Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know.” – Pema Chodron
There’s an old adage that can change how you live. It goes something like, “people know the truth when they hear it.”
This sage advice creates a reliable roadmap that can help you find some of the answers to life’s toughest questions. Questions like:
- Should I change jobs?
- Is he (or she) the one for me?
- Am I living out my life’s purpose?
- What should I do next?
- How can I be happier?
The next time you are confronted with one of life’s tough questions, find comfort in knowing there are certain truths that can provide guidance, faith and hope. Here are 10 truths that will change your life when you listen and then trust the wisdom: Continue Reading This Post »