There are many people out there who realise the important link between our emotional well being and our physical well being, and also the link between keeping positive and achieving goals.
“How did you do it?” people ask famous authors, actors, scientists, entrepreneurs, politicians. “I believed that I could,” is often the answer.
I am convinced that the ‘glass is half full’ theory is powerful. Equally powerful, is its opposite and perfect nemesis: ‘the glass is half empty’. How can we keep our glass half full? Are some people born with a magical, full near to the brim glass? Are these people destined to succeed? If somebody does not have a lucky start in life, does that mean they’re doomed to failure? I don’t think so. There’s plenty of evidence around to show that none of those things are true.
One birthday, a couple of years ago, my parents gave me a lovely card. The inscription reads: She’s the kind of person who looks at a cloud and says to herself, “There’s a rainbow coming in just a little while.” Then she kicks off her shoes and dances in the puddles until the sun comes out again. I found it so sweet and touching; it still means a lot. I have it pinned on the inside of my wardrobe door. At the time they gave it to me, I was at quite a low. I hated my job but felt trapped. I honestly was a shadow of the person I am today. I penned my song Kaleidoscope, which has this lyric: Freedom is the whispered hope, longing is the game. But I hold the Kaleidoscope and every slide is blame. Reading their special card made me want to cry, because I didn’t feel like I was that person any more. But it also made me want to rekindle that part of myself again.
Now almost two years on, I’m in a much happier place. Suddenly there seems to be a lot more time to do the things that I want to do, and yet also more stillness just to be, to enjoy simple moments. I feel like I’m finally moving towards my goals at a steadier pace, and I do believe that in time, I will realise them.
It’s not always easy. Sometimes I have moments of anger, of self-righteousness (I’m probably having a big self-righteous moment right now in fact 🙂 ). Sometimes I give in to those moments too; I become aware of their presence and then really wallow in them. I noticed myself do that twice this week. And it didn’t make me feel better afterwards. It made me feel worse. More angry, more unmotivated. Fortunately, I snapped out of it. But it’s much nicer not to go there in the first place.
I saw something today which inspired me. I’ll share it with you in just a moment, but first I wanted to mention some other things that help me culture positivity in my life. I have a few favourite blogs that I look at regularly: http://www.designismine.blogspot.co.uk/, http://www.goinghometoroost.com/ and http://down—to—earth.blogspot.com.au/. I love them for their inspirational value and tidbits of advice. When I need soothing words of wisdom, I turn to a blog by one of my meditation teachers: http://consciouslivingblog.com/ and when I want to feel proactive, I turn to Robin Sharma: http://www.robinsharma.com/. Of course I find inspiration in the real world too, in lots of different ways, but these are places I can direct you to in the click of a button.
And now, for today’s moment of inspiration: http://media.smh.com.au/selections/parkinsons-and-me-michael-j-fox-3324948.html . This Michael J Fox interview made me admire him even more than I already did. He talks about coping with Parkinsons, how it physically feels, but he also talks a lot about counting your blessings, and keeping optimistic. It made me want to stop and count my blessings too.
How does your cup feel today? Half full, or half empty?