"C'mon turn, turn this thing around
It's your tomorrow
- Van Halen, Right Now
Everyone gets stuck in a rut. You might be in a rut right now. Though I may not know your specific situation, I know that moaning and groaning about it isn't going to help anything change. Change comes from you.
It's easy to change your life...and you can do it anytime, anywhere.
1. Eat the dirt cake - in small bites.
If I were a superhero, my nemesis would be a messy house. With three little ones and a dog, who are all totally cool, the house is never, ever clean. There's spills, there's dog hair, there's ...something on the kitchen floor.
By the time I bundle them off to school, all I want to do is have a cup of coffee and write. But I can't do that or else I'd be sledding out of the kitchen on dishes. So, I promise myself five minutes in the kitchen.
Not as fun as seven minutes in the closet, but it's amazing what I can accomplish in that small window of time. Sometimes (only sometimes) I set the timer for another five minutes to see if I can top what I did in the first five minutes. By doing this, I'm not overwhelmed by a dirty kitchen and it's a bit of a challenge.
2. Appreciate the small things in life.
Too many times we look for large "things" to make us happy. How about appreciating that great cup of coffee, a fragrant breeze or just the time to sit and hear your own thoughts. Don't be too busy to take the time to smell the roses, or dark roast. I'm fortunate enough to have birds hang out around my deck, and many times I'll spot a lovely bluejay or a robin. One time I saw a beautiful red headed woodpecker!
3. Stop reliving the past.
See what Van Halen says? (Because I always turn to them for advice.) It's YOUR tomorrow. Grab it, make use of it. Turn your face toward the future, stop mulling over "what could have been". All of us have something to let go of. Let it go.
4. Raise your Awareness
After you finish reading this blog post (smile) sit back and close your eyes . What do you hear? How do your clothes feel against your body? How does it feel to breathe deep, really deep? What do you smell?
Take sixty seconds to be fully aware. Feel, hear, smell, look outside (if you can). Really sense what is going on in the world around you. You might be surprised at what you experience.
5. See yourself in others.
We are all human and have faults. We're not perfect. So when we see something we don't like or agree with, we do tend to point fingers and judge. Having been a teacher for years and seeing parents come and go, I know how easy it is to do. But before you point those fingers, can you see yourself in this person? If so, step away, keep the bitter, blaming words back. Give someone a break. They may have the occasion to do the same for you in the future.