Today is a NEW day, so let’s act like it!
I know it is tempting to dwell on past experiences that made us feel crummy. I also know that once we begin a thought pattern of a particular experience that caused us to suffer, the mental downward spiral begins and when it begins, it feels like there is no end in sight. I know this because I have done this to myself, not intentionally of course, but countless and countless times. But there is a different way to live. I know because I have started to live this way. I have come to realize that I have a choice. I get to choose what I focus on. I know at times it seems like we are constantly losing the battle between our egos and our hearts. The ego seems to be louder and more bossy, where our hearts seem to be soft and subtle, making it more challenging for us to listen to it. However, I am here to tell you that there is a way to make our hearts appear louder and our egos softer. A way which will help us become happier people.
For every new day, picture a great big BLANK canvas and you as the painter decide what goes on that canvas and what doesn’t. There may be past experiences and feelings that creep into your mind and crave to be the center of attention, but ultimately you have the final say for what remains on the canvas. Do you want to experience the same old “shit” from yesterday, two weeks ago, or 6 months ago? Or do you want to start fresh and begin again? Well, great news, YOU have the freedom to decide. Some of the old baggage will mangle its way through and reappear on your canvas, but don’t worry, that is OKAY. Our focus should not be on the old baggage, but on the NEW, EXCITING, and SMALL events that appear on our canvas. Once we begin to pay more attention to the events and experiences that bring us joy, we create room for further joy-filled experiences. By shifting our attention, from negative to the positive, we slowly, but surely, make life-long changes that will pave the way for a happier existence.
Where is your FOCUS?