Good Thoughts, Good Vibes
A tree lives by its roots. Change the roots and you change the tree. Change the trees and you change the forest. - Unknown
I just realized that my first two posts in this section have to do with acceptance. I think my personal challenge with acceptance is...ahem...accepting (no pun intended) that I am not in control of most things around me. I can be such a control-freak sometimes that just letting some things just be (or not be) has lent itself some of my anxiety issues.
Even though there are plenty of things that I can't control around me, what I CAN control are my reactions and choices. Now, while I am not a particularly religious person, I believe that each person is meant to face different tasks or tests that are specifically meant for them. For me, the take-away has mostly been learning to THINK before acting or re-acting. I need to listen more. I need to think about the things that I say. It's funny because I was actually watching THE KARDASHIANS (a show that I almost never watch), and the episode was about media training and how to act and what to say in front of the camera. After doing a test interview, the Kardashians/Jenners were critiqued on their interviews. Khloe made the observation that they all say "I think..." and "like..." way too much. In response to that, the media coach said that it is great practice to think about the first 5 words that come out of one's mouth before actually saying them; that if everybody did this, then conversations in general would have much greater impact.
So these are my challenges this week:
1. To accept that things happen outside of my control, and to just focus on what I personally can do with the circumstances.
2. Think about the first 5 words that I say before I say them.