Life’s subtle reminders to include love…
It may seem a little like a climb… back to the daily grind, “baby it’s cold outside”, etc, etc. Relish in a little motivation this Monday.
“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” ~ C.S. Lewis
“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” ~Dalai Lama
This last week has been trying in the US with the conclusion of a very difficult, discerning national election. Sunday, we also received news of a major earthquake followed by tsunami in New Zealand. It also seems as if, in the mess of things, Haiti has been nearly forgotten. It’s safe to say people have been given a few reasons for stress and not all have taken the high road for a response.
The current Dalai Lama is one of the most influential world leaders to date. Despite experiencing the aggressive take over of Tibet in his lifetime, he remained steadfast, peaceful, and true. He has always continued to upheld the values of his community and stressed kindness for all people whether they be “insiders” or not.
For this week’s Motivational Monday, I think we need a stroke of his wisdom. To me, he represents grace and, through action, defines compassion. Although the reminder of one quote, may be small. I hope it helps to calm and recenter some.
“Gratitude”, as a concept, has popped up in my life more often lately. In fact, even in the midst of a scientific lecture, the value of the mind-body connection to our health was addressed. If, like me, you have been listening to Amy Myers’ online broadcasts “The Thyroid Connection Summit” you might have heard Dr. David Haase, MD bring this up. (Note, I definitely recommend looking into his work).
The quote I included in the feature image spoke to me as it resonates to my overall brand and message. However, a close second, from Melody Beatie, weaves the concept of mindfulness in quite well;
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity… It turns problems into gifts, failures into success, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
Now how is that for rethinking your current situation???
I hope your week is off to a great start and, of course, Happy Motivational Monday!
“Rome wasn’t built in one day”. — John Heywood
Whatever you are working on, be it personal goals, professional deadlines, or academic achievements, good work takes time. The saying is commonly accepted as encouragement or support for some sort of tireless endeavor.
James Clear, a behavioral psychologist and community blogger, advises the phrase can be expanded to “Rome wasn’t built in a day, but they were laying bricks every hour.” He continues to describe the bricks as the system, or foundation, which is the greater goal. Applause may not come for one brick, but finding ways to lay the next bricks will ultimately result in the “empire” (2016).
As one of my favorite colleagues from graduate school always said, “you’ve got this!” I would add, in similar ideology of James Clear, that many times the journey is just as important as the destination.
Clear, J. (2016). Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day, but They Were Laying Bricks Every Hour. Retrieved from http://jamesclear.com/lay-a-brick.
Yesterday was the Chicago marathon. Since moving to Chicago in 2011, it has become an annual tradition to cheer the thousands of runners and wheel chair racers.
The event is quite motivational to observe and many people come out to watch one of Chicago’s best “parades”. For many spectators, it turns into quite the social affair with outrageous signs, creative outfits, various noise makers, and planned brunches at places along the course. The positive energy can be infectious!
Each year has demonstrated its own sense of character. One year, I had three out of town friends who traveled in order to run it and my cell phone was signed up for the tracking notifications.. (Talk about an added boost to the exhilaration from watching the event!) This year, one sign that became the hit of social media for the day read “I complete Netflix marathons”.
As the sign implies, the theme of “marathon” can take on multiple meanings and purpose. It can indicate a literal showing of athletic sportsmanship or it can be a figurative representation for various journeys throughout life; each with time committed and a respective end goal. I have come to hold particular appreciation for the term marathon used as an analogy for one’s health journey. This can be significantly relatable for one who is working very hard to send a chronic condition into remission.
Training for a marathon requires intent, commitment, and following a plan. However, it also requires key aspects of resilience. Beyond having the ability to get back up when one falls, it is the self-awareness to know when to take slower steps toward the end goal. As the photo below reveals, there may be a few storm clouds along the way, but further down the path, the sun will shine.
For this week’s Motivational Monday, it is only suiting to focus on life’s journeys and many accomplishments. Whether they are health related or not, each deserves its own form of “hurrah” for completion.
Congratulations Chicago Marathon entries and for all of you completing your own versions of marathons throughout your daily lives!