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The Whole Story

26 Feb

It’s not difficult to get facts about anything these days.  With the internet and its connections there is a plethora of information available to us all the time.  If we want to know how something works, we can find out.  If we want to know how to do something, the answers can be located.  But there is a big difference between knowing about something and experiencing it.  It’s hard to give credence to someone telling us how to do something they haven’t experienced.  The facts might be right and the directions might be clear, but if it’s never been applied there is no way to know all the complications and unforeseen details that might arise.  It’s impossible to get the whole story from only the facts.  We must experience what may happen and how it feels to fully understand any situation.  Facts are sterile and do not contain emotion.  Experience brings enlightenment and understanding to the whole story.  People are not machines and every moment is colored by interpretation, insight, and expression.  Nobody experiences the same event the same way.  If we want to know how things really work, we must be willing to experience them for ourselves.  Life is filled with endless opportunities to learn and grow.  When we want to do something we can step forward and begin discovering all the parameters of the situation for ourselves.  Our lives will be enriched and our understanding of how things work will increase as we learn new things.  We have limitless possibility, and can do anything we desire.

Some rules and laws in our lives are immutable.  For instance, we can’t eliminate gravity, we can’t stop breathing and continue to live, and everything we do will have some sort of reaction.  There are basic structures that can’t be ignored or changed, but outside of those, anything is possible.  Some may tell us what we want to do can’t be done, simply because nobody has ever done it before.  Or we may be told something is too difficult to change because there are so many parameters involved.  We are unique and capable, and it doesn’t matter what has happened before.  If there is something we want to do, we can do it.  All options are available, and nothing is out of reach.

It takes courage to attempt something new outside our areas of comfort, but there are endless experiences to capture if we are willing to step into the unknown.  We can go anywhere and do anything, and the unknown is only foreign to us until we make it ours.  There is no experience too frightening or intimidating to conquer if we want it in our lives.  We can open doors to new experiences and gain a deeper understanding of who we are, and where we’re headed.  Life is an incredible gift.  Experiencing it to the fullest will bring us amazing blessings and benefits.  There isn’t anything we can’t do, and we can get the whole story for anything we desire.

Today if you’ve been staying close to what you know but want to try something new, step forward and reach further.  There are endless possibilities to experience.  You can do everything you desire.  Be confident.  All your dreams are possible, and you can make them come true.

Recess

12 Feb

When we were children in school, and the day was marching along from one subject to another, the best part of the day for most of us was recess. It was a break from sitting still and listening, from answering questions, and trying to be quiet. We got to run outside in the fresh air, laugh and play with friends, make noise and move around as much as we wanted. When it was over and time to return to our classrooms, we felt refreshed and all the extra energy building up inside us was released. It was like a reset button to get us going again. As adults we may have forgotten about recess, but it’s still an effective way for us to refresh ourselves and get a little release from the stress and pressure of our everyday tasks. We can incorporate a little recess into our daily routines, go outside, take a walk, get something to drink or a snack, and enjoy a change of scenery. It need not take long to be effective. Just a few minutes away from our routine can refresh us and give us a boost. Even though we’re well past elementary school, recess can still have a place in our lives. If we take it every day, plan for it and enjoy it, it can be a valuable asset we give to ourselves. It can bring us new perspective and fresh ideas. Just like when we were kids, recess may reset our day and make us feel better.

Going outside for a short break of fresh air has all kinds of benefits. Some studies show that when we go outdoors, we have increased energy and a heightened sense of well-being. Stress can cause an elevation in blood pressure and heart rate, and increase muscle tension. Additionally it may suppress our immune systems and makes us more susceptible to illness and infection. Being outside, even for a short time, may reduce stress, making us feel better emotionally and physically. With all we have to do and the stress attached to it, taking a short recess may bring us all those benefits.

When we’re bogged down in the weeds of everything we’re trying to accomplish, sometimes we can only see what’s right in front of us. If we are intensely focused on our work we may not even look up for hours on end. Stopping for a few minutes and taking a break to go outside and take a short walk, and get a change in scenery can do wonders for our creative processes. We see things differently and even a few minutes away can make us think of things in a different way. New ideas may emerge and when we return, we may find we have answers to problems that before had confounded us. A short recess may recharge us and help us to move forward. It’s something that’s easy to forget but if we schedule it, and make time for it, it can have long range benefits. We don’t have to work constantly and if we take a short break from time to time, just to let our minds wander and look at something new, we might find our days moving forward more easily and with less effort. Recess was a great idea when we were children. It’s a great idea for us as adults too. We can take it, enjoy it, and make the most of it, and it will reduce stress, and increase our happiness.

Today if you’ve been working hard on something that has your complete attention, look up and take a break. Go outside and enjoy a short walk. Look around and let your mind wander. You’ll be amazed at how refreshed you’ll feel and when you return to your work, everything will be just a little easier. You do so much. You deserve to be comfortable and enjoy yourself. Take recess today.  You’ll love it!

The sky is blue, the grass is green.

15 Apr

Some time ago while going through a particularly difficult time in my life, a very good friend told me that when I felt my worst I should take pleasure in the small things. “Go outside,” he said. “Take a walk and feel the breeze on your face. Watch it turn the leaves on the trees. Notice the way the sun feels. Pay attention.” He promised me that if I did that, my spirits would be lifted, and I would feel better.

Honestly, I didn’t believe him. I was really having a hard time, under so much stress. and I felt horrible. How on earth was a walk outside going to help me? But one day, feeling completely defeated, I took his advice, put on my tennis shoes and went outside. I mean, I had nothing to lose. As I began to walk down the lane, I looked around. I paid attention to the little things as he had suggested – the sound of my neighbor’s son riding his bicycle, the smell of a distant barbecue cooking something delicious, the feel of the sun’s rays on my arms, and the freshness of the air. I walked for a while and continued to listen, to feel, and to see, and soon I began to notice I wasn’t so upset. I wasn’t so overwhelmed. He was right – I felt better.

Since that experience I have made it a point to be outside more, especially when I’m feeling pressed. Instead of brooding and worrying, I take a walk, I pay attention, and again notice the small things that bring me comfort. And it helps a lot. But sometimes there isn’t time for a nice walk when I’m feeling low, so I have developed a little mantra that I say to myself when I am overrun or stressed, and can’t get away. I sit for just a moment, close my eyes, take a deep breath, and repeat in my mind, “The sky is blue, the grass is green.” I envision a gorgeous blue sky, and brilliantly green grass, and I imagine the feeling of the breeze on my face. As I sit there for just a moment, I am reminded that there are other things to think about. Somewhere, even if it’s raining where I am, somewhere the sky is blue and the grass is green. The breeze is soft and warm, there are birds singing, and all is not lost. That little mantra has calmed me more times than I can count. It’s just a small reminder that what I’m going through is isolated and will change, and there are better things coming my way.

Today if you’re feeling stressed, if you’re feeling bad, take a moment, just a moment, sit still, close your eyes, take a breath, and think about something that makes you relax, that brings you comfort. Maybe work on developing your own mantra for times when you’re unsettled and need some relief. “The sky is blue, the grass is green.” Yes, it is. And sometimes that’s all it takes.