“I don’t believe you have to be better than everybody else, I believe you have to better than you ever thought you could be.” Ken Venturi
With young, rose-hued exuberance, I had grand ideas.
A lifetime spent in wreckless abandon, self-medication was a foremost element to provide courage to live. Life was a real no goood Charley existence.
To clarify, I realize how much I can create the discord and uneasiness that radiates out to others and manifests in my life.
Consequently, I’ve learned a thing or two or three over the years.
You can’t make this stuff uP! Even so, I’ve come to see an acceptance of what is and respect for what has been as golden. Time and age have taught me resilience and tenacity.
My desire to make better life decisions, trust myself and trust God in my life is what matters now. There are thanks being given in all things, the good and the not-so-good.
Enter “The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz
I use these intents daily to guide my prayers and help lead me to quiet, balanced and joyfull living.
These practical agreements can help anyone to live with freedom and peace.
To illustrate, I commit to…
Ø I honor my personal agreements – my thoughts and spoken words are powerful. I create boundaries where I’ve once had none.
Ø take nothing personally – it’s not about me. I’ve come to realize and understand what people think, say and do reflect them not me.
Ø don’t make assumptions – as Felix Unger would say “when you assume, you make an ass of you and me.” I ask questions, I get clarity.
Ø I always do my best – maintain integrity in everything I do.
My spirit whispers … be consistent.
I’ve fought to chase away the distractions in this becoming, and with the same gusto, I’m addicted to having my sh*t together!
In other words, a requirement for living well is my active participation, not my passive onlooking. Even more, it means to show up and commit to balance in the present moment.
An ongoing, habit-forming work helps me to practice calmness. I get it now. You see, when I get right down to it, “this moment is what it’s all about in the quest to live brave.”
So Yes, have a little “peace of mind” pie, thank you!
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*** One last gem by Louise Hay… “Turn every experience into an opportunity.”
It’s YOUR time. Learn to grow and bloom where you’re planted on this journey! With love use every experience as an opportunity to grow and find inspiration to say “YES and!”
songVibe: I’m Still Standing/Elton John
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