My mind has many voices but there are two voices that are usually leading, but not at the same time. The voice of discouragement or the voice of encouragement. We’ve got to be our own best friends. I have decided I will give the voice of encouragement more credence than the voice of discouragement. In the past it was the other way around. I was listening to Joel Osteen the other day and he said we are pretty much programmed to listen to the negative over the positive.
I believe it but I don’t believe that it stops there.
The voice of discouragement was my best, best friend for a long time. Waking up with me, walking through the day with me, going out to dinner with me, “trying” to write a song with me, and then falling asleep with me. But through my spiritual journey for the last 15 years or so, I am finally getting to that place where I have the awareness that when the voice of discouragement is trying to lead, I can shut it down. It doesn’t have to lead my show. I never thought I would get to that place where my voice of encouragement would finally take the lead and become my best friend. I do believe I would not have reached this place without both voices. We would not know light unless we are aware of the dark. Yes?
The difference between those who are successful and those who are not is each individual’s consistent, persistent use and awareness of either the voice of discouragement or the voice of encouragement. Life is much more fun with the voice of encouragement. Which voice is running your life?
It is so very easy in this day and age to fall into cynicism and negativity. For me that is not a good idea, yet it can easily catch me off guard and I am quickly falling down that dread-full rabbit hole. It mostly happens while I am lying in bed in the morning. There is always that period when I am not quite ready to get out of bed and my mind starts it’s ramble of what-ifs, why-nots, coulda-shoulda and so on. You know the scene.
A few years ago one of my student’s gave me a big wall hanging. I recently re-organized my bedroom and I put this wall hanging on the wall next to my bed. It is a wall hanging with phrase like..Dream Big, Forgive, let go, never give up, laugh a lot etc….When I first got the wall hanging I read it and loved it but have not consciously looked at it until today while I was laying in bed and starting to feel sorry for myself. I turned and my eyes fell upon it and I started reading all of the phrases. Attitude shift-immediate! So then I got up and wrote in my journal about every wonderful thing I am grateful about(and there’s a lot). Brain Shift and smile.
Last night before I fell asleep I was reading Joe Vitale’s book The Attractor Factor and he was talking about the short cut to having a life filled with what you desire. He said the short cut is to be Happy Now! Which if you do what Oprah says and have a gratitude journal for everyday you’ll begin to be in gratitude which leads to happy which leaves the heart open to receive and attract wonder-full things. Brain Shift and Smile. Have a great day!
Robin Hackett is a singer, songwriter, author, and teacher. Check out her website at http://www.robinhackettmusic.net. She is currently recording a new cd. If you would like to contribute to the recording and marketing of that cd go to http://www.gofundme.com/ROBINHACKETTCD
THE ATTRACTOR FACTOR http://www.joevitale.com
I lay in bed this morning in between covers and thoughts of laying in bed for 5 more minutes or getting up. It is always a tricky time for me because in those 5 minutes the mind starts chatting about all it’s perceived ideas of what is not going right, what needs to be done, what hasn’t been done and the dread of it all. But this morning I was able to check it and switch directions and go another way. I redirected my mind to all that is good in my life right now and all that is possible. Instead of dread for the day, I spend the five minutes in wonder about what beauty and fun and joy could happen today. I realized that I am literally surrounded by the spirit of God all around me because there is nothing in this world that did not come from God’s creating. My bed, sheets, pillows, blankets, my house, coffee, my car, my furniture. All God creations through human expression. That is mind boggling to me and wonderful to know that I am cradled in the presence of God all the time no matter where I am. Wow. What a way to start the day! Smiles.
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