GOOD MORNING MONDAY – AFFIRMATIVE THOUGHTS FOR A GREAT WEEK
Good Morning – it is Monday once again. How was your weekend? Were you able to be fully present? Remembering to be in the “here and now” allows us to see and uncover the beauty and wonder of everything and everyone around us.
This past weekend I have been closely watching the news, hearing and seeing the impact of Florence. While watching, my mind naturally goes to the impact being experienced by all in its path. There are many stories being shared of kindness and generosity being displayed to care for one another. We are all connected; humankind and our furry friends, we are all a family. Please send thoughts, loving energy, prayers, donations, etc. to help those impacted by Florence.
This week I want to share another story with you. It will encourage you to reflect on the level of stress in your daily life. You, like those around you, are very busy. Your life is lived at an ever-increasing pace. You are “plugged in” 24/7 which does not allow for much downtime. The following story prompts you to PAUSE and THINK about the stressors that you carry with you from day to day
The Weight of the Glass
Once upon a time a psychology professor walked around on a stage while teaching stress management principles to an auditorium filled with students. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they would be asked the typical question, “is the glass half empty or is the glass half full?” Instead, with a smile on her face, the professor asked, “How heavy is this glass of water I am holding?”
Students shouted out answers ranging from eight ounces to a couple pounds. She replied, “From my perspective, the absolute weight of this glass does not matter. It all depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute or two, it is light. If I hold it for an hour straight, its weight might make my arm ache a little. If I hold it for a day straight, my arm will likely cramp up and feel completely numb and paralyzed, forcing me to drop the glass to the floor. In each case, the weight of the glass does not change, but the longer I hold it; the heavier it feels to me.”
As the class shook their heads in agreement, she continued, “Your stresses and worries in life are very much like this glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them a bit longer and you begin to ache a little. Think about them all day long, and you will feel completely numb and paralyzed – incapable of doing anything else until you drop them.”
The moral: It is important to remember to let go of your stresses and worries. No matter what happens during the day; as early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down. Don’t carry them through the night and into the next day with you. If when you awake the next morning and you still feel the weight of yesterday’s stress, it is a strong sign that it is time to put the glass down!
Life is moving so fast; sometimes we are so caught up in it, that we do not even realize the stress we are carrying around minute to minute and day to day. I know that I can sound like a “gonging cymbal”, but this is where slowing down and practicing living in the present moment can be so beneficial.
When you focus on being in the moment you can then be aware of those items you are carrying around that are “weighing” you down. If you are living your life at a “whirlwind” pace, you may not even realize the “stress and baggage” that you are carrying with you. So, what can you do? Here are a few thoughts:
Take a minute to check in with all areas of your life. Make an inventory of what can stay and what should go. Simply stating the intention to release things that no longer serve you can set the wheels in motion.
Take a minute to identify what is holding you back; weighing you down. Life is a continuous process of letting go of old things and welcoming in new things. When you release the old and worn out from your life, you provide space for a brighter beginning.
Take a minute to identify what is in your “circle of control”. Deal with those things that are in your circle of control and be done with them.Let go of those that you can do nothing about. Holding on to those items will impact you negatively. You do not have control over these items. Do not carry this baggage around!
Also, what you say to yourself is very important. Your thoughts and words have GREAT power. Your self-talk creates your world and impacts your experiences. Here are a few affirmations that will help you create a different mindset about your experience. Choose one that might be beneficial for you or create your own.
With every breath, I feel myself relaxing
I have control over how I feel and the stress I carry with me; I choose to let go and feel at peace
All experiences are helping me grow
I give myself permission to let go of what no longer serves me.
This week, please step back, de-stress, take back key areas of your life. Implement a new practice that can bring back a sense of calm and joy for you. Each day is a new beginning.
Have a GREAT day. Have a GREAT week.
This week start really living!! Take Care.