Universal Currency

An excerpt from my Work in Progress, Spoonful of Sugar: A Daily Dose of Inspiration and Encouragement.

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JULY 7

Energy is the currency of the universe. When you ‘pay’ attention to something, you buy that experience. So when you allow your consciousness to focus on someone or something that annoys you, you feed it your energy, and it reciprocates the experience of being annoyed. Be selective in your focus because your attention feeds the energy of it and keeps it alive.

Emily Maroutian

If energy is the universal currency of life, then this is something I need to pay greater awareness to. It has no border boundaries. It has no limitations or restrictions. It simply reciprocates whatever focus I give it. I can liken it to my bank account. If no cash goes in, there is nothing to withdraw. The same here. If I only deposit negativity, that’s all I’ll have coming back to me.

However, understanding this concept is easier than putting it into practice. I don’t know about you, but many years of habitually reacting the same way too often finds me doing just what I don’t want to do – focusing on the negative aspects of life. I think I need to staple a post-it note to my forehead – FOCUS ON THE POSITIVE!

However, when I make a conscious effort to pay attention to what I focus on, I notice an immense difference in my general attitude and in my happiness with life.

What about you? What kinds of things do you focus on? Are you focusing on the negative, or the positive energetic exchanges?

Affirmation:
For today, I focus on the positive
and deposit that energy into my life.

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Thankful for My 24 hours

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For the A to Z Blog Challenge, I’m posting snippets from a Work in Progress, Spoonful of Sugar: A Daily Dose of Inspiration and Encouragement, scheduled for release Fall 2018. Come back tomorrow for more thoughts and affirmations for a more positive life.

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JANUARY 13

Live life for the moment because everything else is uncertain!
Louis Tomlinson

I think deep down we all recognize the fact that we’re not guaranteed a long life. Many people do live well into their 90’s and some even into the 100-year-old decade. But I think that all of us also know people that have died much too young, including children. And if we personally don’t know of a family that has been touched by the death of a loved that died long before reaching adulthood or the golden years of maturity, then it’s there in the news and in our face every day.

But somehow, and I know I’m guilty of this myself, even though we know that a lifespan of 90 or 100 years is not guaranteed to us, it’s easier to not acknowledge it and to get busy living live with our hands over our ears. “Lalalalalala,” we sing to ourselves. “I can’t hear you.” This denial and busyness that we surround ourselves with is fine – as long as we enjoy the moment we’re in and truly live a full and authentic life.

Embrace the day – the day we’re in right now. Memories, triumphs, and regrets from the past are fine. Hopes, dreams and aspirations for the future are good too. Just don’t concentrate on the ‘before’ and the ‘after’ so hard that you forget the now – the 24-hours that’s given to us this day.

Affirmation:
I embrace today. I give thankfulness
for the 24-hours here now, living it fully and joyfully.

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Success Redefined

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For the A to Z Blog Challenge, I’m posting snippets from a Work in Progress, Spoonful of Sugar: A Daily Dose of Inspiration and Encouragement, scheduled for release Fall 2018. Come back tomorrow for more thoughts and affirmations for a more positive life.

OCTOBER 16

I used to define success as being able to produce any result you wanted, whether it was a relationship, weight-loss, being a millionaire, impacting the culture, changing society, whatever it might be – it might be homelessness, whatever – and lately, I’ve redefined success as ‘fulfilling your soul’s purpose.’
Jack Canfield

What a refreshing statement – that not all the world equates success with our bank accounts, the house we live in, or the cars we drive. Redefining success as ‘fulfilling your soul’s purpose’ puts a whole new slant on the term.

I was reading an essay a few days ago. A woman had had what the world commonly defines as success. She phrased it as she wasn’t ‘keeping up with the Jones’s’, she was the Jones’s. From the outside, she had it all. The wealthy and successful husband. Two kids. The gorgeous mansion. The beautiful new cars. But inside the walls of the mansion, life was a nightmare. The days were filled with alcoholism, abuse, and life was horrendous.

Fast forward years later, she is re-married. Husband #2 is a jewel who loves the two children as his own. Two more children joined the family. They live in a small cramped house with cats and dogs and other animal life. The house is far from perfect – patched here and there and needing more work. Yet the home is filled with love. Everyone is happy and living life is a delight.

The trappings and material substance that surrounds us doesn’t matter. Fulfilling your soul’s purpose – that is the key ingredient to success. That, only you can measure. You are the only one who will know whether you’re successful in that arena or not. Your soul’s purpose may be a grand idea of helping others, having a mission, completing some huge undertaking – or it might simply be living in a family full of love, being an honest and authentic person, being the best mother you can be.

Do you know what your soul’s purpose is? Are you living life in alignment to this calling? Are you successful in integrating your purpose into your life?

Affirmation:
I achieve success by following my life’s purpose,
as defined by me and not the world.

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Rest, Recharge, Rejuvenation

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For the A to Z Blog Challenge, I’m posting snippets from a Work in Progress, Spoonful of Sugar: A Daily Dose of Inspiration and Encouragement, scheduled for release Fall 2018. Come back tomorrow for more thoughts and affirmations for a more positive life.

JULY 2

Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes…including you.

Anne Lamott

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Somehow we’ve got this notion that we’ve got to keep in motion. Run, run, run. Stay in action. Keep doing it all. We can do it all. I know we can. I grew up watching the commercial. I can make the bacon and fry it up in a pan.

The day never ends. We work. We shop. We clean. We mother. We run the kids to various activities. We wife. We watch the neighbors who seem to be doing it all too, and then wonder why we feel so frazzled and out of sorts. (Or is that just me and you’re really the wonder-woman down the street that I watch do it all effortlessly? Or so it seems?) And in the constant rush-rush-rush we neglect ourselves, fail to take time out to nourish our souls and our bodies, and then wonder why we feel no joy as we collapse into bed at the end of a horrendous day.

We need time to sit in silence, to pause and reflect. We need time for a relaxing, soothing bath. An hour with a good book. A time to chat with friends and unwind. It’s not selfish. It’s not lazy. It’s not self-indulgent. It’s about taking care of ourselves and giving our bodies and minds time to unplug from the busyness of life.

Affirmation:
Today I make time for myself to unplug and recharge.

 

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Quest for Our Authentic Self

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For the A to Z Blog Challenge, I’m posting snippets from a Work in Progress, Spoonful of Sugar: A Daily Dose of Inspiration and Encouragement, scheduled for release Fall 2018. Come back tomorrow for more thoughts and affirmations for a more positive life.

AUGUST 1

She realized she was the only self she could be – and not being unapologetically true to herself was a disservice to her soul and the world.

Adrienne Piweorh

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The quest for an authentic life is often drowned in the many tasks and responsibilities of life. We can get so busy taking care of the immediate family, the extended family, the needs of friends and neighbors, the general upkeep and responsibilities of our home – not to mention the job and what that needs from us.

In the running and taking care of all these, we can also stop speaking up for ourselves. This isn’t a problem everyone has. Some people are top notch at voicing their opinions, desires, and wishes. But, many friends I’ve spoken to share that they end up biting their tongue and holding back. They say they ‘don’t’ want to rock the boat.’ Or, they tip toe around a subject, not wishing to offend a friend, an acquaintance, or even a spouse or family member.

In this process, we began losing sight of who we truly are. We let the dreams and desires of others over shadow our own. In an effort to accommodate others, we can too easily find ourselves not being true to ourselves.

Affirmation:

I am me and I remain true to who I really am.

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Perceptions

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For the A to Z Blog Challenge, I’m posting snippets from a Work in Progress, Spoonful of Sugar: A Daily Dose of Inspiration and Encouragement, scheduled for release Fall 2018. Come back tomorrow for more thoughts and affirmations for a more positive life.

FEBRUARY 5

What happens is of little significance compared with the stories we tell ourselves about what happens. Events matter little, only stories of events affect us. Rabih Alameddine, The Hakawati

What we see depends mainly on what we look for. John Lubbock

There are two quotes for today. They’re related, yet each will speak to readers in different ways. They talk of how our perceptions or expectations can color our judgements about the world around us.

I was talking to my good friend one afternoon. It was one of those phone calls that went way past an hour in a blink of an eye. We were solving all the world’s problems, and diving deep within our own lives and psyche at the same time. We got to talking about our lives growing up and how our perceptions affected the way we viewed events that happened and how we carried some of the resulting baggage with us as unwanted emotions and blocks to this day.

Joyce told a story about her family. When she was young and the family traveled, they always took a picnic basket with food to eat. She thought it was because they couldn’t afford to eat in restaurants. That family activity was one that lingered in her mind and made her feel unabundant. One day she was talking to her sister about their family travels. When she mentioned it, Mary Anne thought it was because it was such fun – then they could eat anywhere they wanted to, they weren’t restricted by location or convenience.

The same activity, yet two sisters viewed the same thing with two different thoughts and emotions.

By looking at something in your own life, how could a change of perception change your emotions and beliefs about what happened?

Affirmation:

I recognize that my own perceptions color my views and judgments and I choose to look for the best outcome.

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One Step at a Time

For the A to Z Blog Challenge, I’m posting snippets from a Work in Progress, Spoonful of Sugar, scheduled for release Fall 2018. The good thing is, this is forcing me to sit down and work on some projects that I need to put some time into. Thank you A to Z!

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JANUARY 2

We do not have to become heroes overnight. Just a step at a time, meeting each thing that comes up, seeing it is not as dreadful as it appeared, discovering we have the strength to stare it down.

Eleanor Roosevelt

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Just a step at a time. A day at a time. A spoonful at a time.

That’s all you need to accomplish.

Sometimes we start a new year and look ahead with both excitement and trepidation. There’s a fresh palette before us. We’re almost dizzy with the goals and achievements we want to meet in this coming year.

Yet, we may also be dismayed, anxious about the many tasks involved with meeting the various goals we’ve set for ourselves.

How will I find the time? How will I find the money? Will my family or friends support me in my endeavors? At the end of the year, will I have achieved my goals? Or will I have run out of steam before I got anywhere close to seeing success?

One step at a time. One day. That’s all you have to get through right now. For today, meet everything that comes up and go to bed confident that you’ve done what needed to be done. Tomorrow is another day. Another chance. Another opportunity to take another step.

 

Affirmation:
Today, I delight in living life one step at a time.

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