One of my brilliant nephews led me to a few amazing sites that I thought you might like.
In the last hour that I’ve been exploring them, I’ve come across a treasure trove of inspiration, templates to do thing differently, and ways to see things from a new perspective and get that “aha!!” that we all look for. (I know, I just ended a sentence with a preposition — I’m exploring my wild side again! 🙂 Woo hoo! )
The first stop on our tour is at http://zenhabits.net/control/. Here you’ll see how letting go of the illusion of control and learning from fish how to live in and embrace the chaos that surrounds us. You’ll want to BE the fish. Honestly, it’s an amazing little piece. (It also made me think of Dorrie’s sage advice from “Finding Nemo” fame: “Just keep swimming, Just keep swimming.”)
I absolutely loved it and hope you do, too. It’s a quick read, with a light and bouncy, energizing flavour that leaves a slow, contemplative aftertaste.
Like the girl at the end of the recent Disneyworld TV advert, I’m jumping up and down just a little as I squeal, “I’m SO excited!!”
Image: Simon Howden / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
I’m not a morning person. It’s hard for me to get inspired and motivated, especially on a Monday that follows a sunny, active weekend.
Just now I was about to dig into my career transition “to do” list, when I couldn’t help but notice how beautiful my new scarf looked, casually draped over my purse and briefcase the way it landed when I put my stuff down on the desk. I bought my new favourite accessory on Friday — it was a cheap and cheerful impulse buy (yes, TR, I am still an active impulse buyer!). I was walking by a tiny store in the underground concourse at Bloor and Yonge and my eyes went directly to it. I felt happy just looking at it.
Sometimes it’s the little things that make the biggest difference.
When we recognize moments of inspiration, it opens up possibilities that lead to options, that lead to baby steps, that inevitably add up and lead to achievement.
Just like Mama said, “Lille bit by lille bit.”
I took this photo at the Burrowing Owl winery in the Okanagan Valley, B.C. to help me remember the moment.
The moment was special for two reasons:
1) I was spending precious time with one of my nieces and her husband who live on the coast; and,
2) the scene was so simple, yet so complex — it was a lot to take in, and every bit was as interesting as the whole “big picture”.
This is my screensaver. It visually teleports me back to this moment so that I can revel in the calm and contentment that I felt at the time.
When you’d rather be somewhere else than where you are right now, get out a favourite photo that takes you to where you were content, cozy, happy, calm, or all of the above. Or, if you’re really good at visualizing, you can virtually teleport without needing a picture. Close your eyes and replay a memorable scene in your mind.
You’ll be surprised (and thrilled!) at how your body and mind will feel the therapeutic benefits of this virtual trip through time and space.
And remember to take a deep breath! It’ll add to the experience.
Then when you come back to the here and now, your shoulders will be down where they’re supposed to be and you’ll not only feel refreshed –you’ll feel like you’ve just been hugged!