Starting Over

One of my favorite things about a new day is that it is a chance to start over.  I didn’t begin my new day with much enthusiasm.  I decided to do what I could to generate it.

I got out of bed a little earlier than normal.  When my son complained about getting out of bed, I stayed true to my course and didn’t take on his grumpy mood.

Recently, I learned a technique.   When someone else’s mood starts sucking me in, I say to myself,

“I respectfully decline your invitation to join you in what you are feeling right now.”

So simple and yet so powerful.  It’s hard for me to say this silently without smiling.  Imagine my surprise when I discovered that this is also something I can use on myself.

I know all about the wisdom of “feeling one’s feelings.”  It’s important to own one’s feelings and not have them own you.  I’m still working on this.   A lot of my feelings in a normal day have nothing to do with reality or the situation at hand.  They are a hazy smoke screen of reluctance that hide my true self and my greater destiny.

When I’m feeling down and I indulge  those blue feelings, I  fuel those feelings and my inertia grows.  On those days, I need to address my melancholy mind set by saying:

“I respectfully decline your invitation to join you in what you are feeling right now.”

A lot of my feelings can be traced to  learned behavior.  A new day is a good day to start over, to begin again, to learn something new.

I am the person behind the words printed here. I write because my heart will not allow me the option of NOT writing. It has taken me half a life time to discover this basic truth, but now that I have, writing is as natural as breathing. This is where my breath takes the form of words.


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The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM)
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