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YIPPEE! THE HOLIDAY SEASON IS HERE!

I love the holiday season – all of it!!!  The decorations, the spirit of it all, the parties, choosing gifts, and the sheer madness of it all!  I love it!

The big BUT here is that I learned a long time ago to pace myself during this time because I’m just like a little kid – I want to stay up late, see Santa and play!!!  Well, that’s good except that around this time of the year, you need to take care of yourself really, really well otherwise you’ll be pulled into so many directions, you’ll be “wasted” by the time Christmas day comes! 

Have a big calendar on your wall for November and December with big boxes and put in there all the events and things you need to do before Christmas day.  It’s the only way.  Why?  Because if you use your regular calendar only, you might just miss something and this is especially true if have a partner or spouse and/or children.  You all need to know what’s going on so you don’t double book yourself and you take the time to enjoy the great activities that come with the holidays – home decorating – baking cookies – inviting friends and family for get togethers – tobaganing – skiing – shopping – charitable events –

And at this time of the year especially, say no – you can’t do it all!  And you will need to say no to some of the things to do – if some of the things can be done after the Christmas day like seeing the lights of the town, then pencil those in for later. 

Most importantly – exercise, get your sleep, eat properly most of the time! and take care to monitor your stress levels – cut back when you find yourself rushing and out of breath!

Enjoy the holidays – love them – and be thankful for all that there is!

SAVE TIME – BE WHERE YOU WANT TO BE!

 

life in the city

Oprah once said on her show something to the effect, “There’s a place for everyone.  You need to find that place with the right people where you fit in.”

Easier said then done, right?  It’s true – especially if you are in a particular profession or job which you love but you hate everything surrounding it – the politics, the atmosphere, the policies or even how some people are treated.  So what to do?

What do you like and dislike?  From the list of  your dislikes, what can you tolerate and what would you prefer didn’t exist at all?   What environment would you like to work in?  Define it for yourself. 

With this ammunition spelled out in writing – on paper or on a Word document, it’ll set up, in your mind, the situation which would work best for you.  Now that you have that awareness, you’ll be able to spot it when you see it – and it may not come through the usual channels.  This is the same as being in the market for a new car – you research and then decide exactly the car for you – isn’t it amazing how you see that car everywhere when you are aware of what you want?

How does this save time?  A positive environment well suited to you allows for greater productivity and creativity and less time on “forcing yourself” to ignore all the ways a place is not right for you.  Negative thoughts have a way of creeping in because the triggers are all around you whether or not you are conscious of them.  These thoughts waste valuable time and energy not to mention how they affect your overall well-being.

LOVE WHAT YOU DO OR YOUR WASTING TIME AND TALENT!

So often in the workplace, people go through the motions.  They arrive at exactly the same time every day, take a break exactly as the same every morning and every afternoon and they take their lunch hour exactly at the same time each and every day – they never miss a one! 

It’s quite exacting to live that way!  How is their work?  Likely exactly the same day in and day out.  My question is, “Where is the human element in this?”  Wouldn’t a company be better off just programming a computer to do the work which is exactly the same every day, all day, day in and day out and save on the salary, benefits and pension?

For me, it points to something different – a lack of soul!  What a disservice to the human soul and psyche to create such jobs in the first place.  No human is void of ideas, of passion, of feelings and of uniqueness so why do companies insist on putting people in these boxes?  Then the companies come out with a totally contradictory messages – we want your input or we are a team or we value our employees – really?  interesting isn’t it?  How can someone put in air tight box breathe?

Rely on yourself, not management in companies, government agencies, non-profits, etc. to create work you love to do.  If you like what you are doing, your life won’t need the robotic cadence to it and, every day, no matter what it is you do, you know you’ll be contributing wholeheartedly in the special way that only you can.  Make every day a good day and though Fridays may still be sweet, any day will be just fine.

It’s your time – how you use it is up to you and how you do and feel about your work is yours to create for your own enjoyment – feel joy all day long – you’ll see that life will be quite different.  You’ll be working in such a way that you are using your time well and your talent to do whatever it is you have agreed with the employer to do in exchange for money.    Whether you are miserable or happy, you still are putting in your hours – it’s your choice!

RUSHING – WHERE DOES IT GET US?

People rushing – frantic – they look as though they are running away from an insane asylum or into one!  So when I see someone like that, I calm down right away because I can see what I look like by watching others – it isn’t pretty!

Why do we rush?  We all know that rushing really truly gets us nothing but tired, frustrated and anxious that we haven’t done enough.  Then that thought leads to the thought that we are not enough.  Then we try to do even more which leads to more rushing which leads back to not doing enough and being enough and so it goes!  Why do we think we need to do so much that we get ourselves into this state?

Because we simply do not start at the point where we ask ourselves what enough means.  What is enough in your life?  Make a list.  Decide.  Make a decision to get your sanity back and take care of yourself!  And let the rest go – nothing dire will happen – you’ll always be and do enough even if you cut what you do by half or more – try it – experiment letting go –  every day – let something else go to someone else or let it go altogether – see how much better you feel little by little and how much brighter the world seems.

Try it . . . . let me know how it turns out.

Negative thoughts – why they waste your time

Negative thoughts cost you a lot of time.  Why?  A thought is a real thing – a vibration like a radio wave or an ocean wave or any other type of wave.

When a certain type of wave goes out, things happen.  If the ocean wave is huge, it can destroy shorelines, ships, lives.  If the wave is small, it can be soothing, life altering and pleasant.  I know – wonderful ocean waves have really helped change my darkest moods! 

When you hold negative thoughts, your whole being is in that vibration and that vibration has consequences.  For instance, if you have a goal to achieve but your mind is focused on negativity, how can you possibly the positive path necessary to get to where you are going? 

Same goes for people – if you harbor negative thoughts about them, it’s difficult to see their positive words and actions.  If you can’t think well of a person in any way, then they shouldn’t be in your world, in your mind – get rid of even thinking about them!

Positive thinking – is it hype?  You could say that the Obama campaign was hype – was it?  Or did a positive vibration set by a lot of people create an incredible result? 

You can call anything hype but even the most incredulous hype has a kernel of truth to it.

The truth is if you practice positive thinking every single day, day in and day out, your life will always be in a positive vibration and, though bad things can show up in your life, you’ll have the strength and power that comes with positive living to deal effectively with them and not spend any more time than absolutely necessary to deal with the issues.

Stop wasting time and energy – get some positive thoughts rolling around in that head of your today . . . and tomorrow . . . . and the next day . . . . .

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