March 14, 2021
Good morning friends! It’s a bright new day to pursue your dreams and make them come true. Each new sunrise provides the perfect opportunity to instill a little change in your life. Exploring new ideas, pathways or goals has the amazing ability to become the catalyst to fabulous successes. Don’t allow fear or self-doubt to deter you. Recognize the chances as they pass and reach for them before they slip away. The instant change for today is daylight savings time; which began very early this morning. I hope you remembered to spring forward an hour. I’m excited to enjoy a little more sun as each day closes. This simple change can create opportunities to enhance your productivity or fun. Either of these can be fulfilling and constructive. In a crazy and chaotic world, be the empowering change you want the world to be. The rest is up to you.
Sunrise brings with it a new day; new life, new possibilities, new learning and new growth. It’s like being born again; with the ability to create our day as we see fit. Each day is different and never duplicated. Have you heard the phrase, “Same stuff, different day?” Don’t believe it. Each day is unique in its own way. Changes occur, in and around us, often without our knowledge or approval. When we seize the initiative and make new alterations, we remodel our present to create incredible new possibilities for our future. This is where we empower our life. Stay focused on the present, always moving forward. Don’t dwell in the past. It serves no purpose. Each and every sunrise and sunset are different. They are each magnificent in their own way; as we are equally stunning. We all have the power to control our mind, attitude and thoughts. This ability is unique to each of us. Daily actions create positive or negative influences placed throughout each day. Events, incidents or situations will undoubtedly occur during life that stir negativity and emotion. How you process and respond to each experience is what’s most important. Do not allow negative energy associated with any occurrence to consume you. Fear, anger, anxiety, stress or depression are strong negative forces. Resist their temptation by creating more positive energy within and around you. Self-empowerment is a strong force that can compel you into motion. I’ve utilized this boost to energize my spirit. You are in control of you. Your happiness and positivity are yours to command. When you make simple changes, the world becomes a better place. Small changes make way for larger, more fruitful ones; with less fear and easier to step forward into each new scenario. We all hesitate from time to time. Don’t allow fear to restrain or defeat you.
We all have the ability to be just where we want to be. It will take effort, dedication and work to achieve your goals. How often is something rare and amazing just handed to you? To make your dreams come true, you have to reach for them. This typically requires some change along that path. Don’t be resistant. What is it about this simple process that frightens people? If I took a poll, it would reveal many reasons for this interesting phenomena. I believe it all comes down to fear. Humans are fearful of altering their daily habits or routine. Are we frightened something new will bring some horrific calamity, paralysis or success? As I listen to individuals clamoring about the mere possibility of new ideas on the horizon, I hear anxiety in their voice. Even the simple event of turning our clocks forward in the spring, or back in the fall, draws frustration or criticism. Many individuals fear the unknown, when their real fear is within their own mind, controlled by the past. We all have a past, and that won’t ever change. Learn from it, grow, leave it behind and move forward. Your life is here, in the present.
Some of these thought patterns are influenced, initially learned from our parents. As children we learn or emulate the behavior of our family or friends. We tend to mimic these ideas and patterns, until we mature and begin to make our own decisions about life. We form our own habits and patterns of living. I’ve experienced the fear or hesitation of change many times throughout my life. The process began as a child. There were many times at the beginning of the new school year, when fear would grip me on that first day. By the end of that first week, I realized how silly I’d been to be scared. Fear of change comes in many forms; new school, moving to a new area, changing jobs, friends, relationships, world events and just life; can all create the same effect.
My career in law enforcement created many changes over a 34 year span. I worked over 20 different assignments and numerous shift and detail changes. Change always initiated some apprehension. There were moments I would have rather been chasing an armed and dangerous person, than enduring more change. My self-confidence, work knowledge, expertise and self-empowerment grew as time passed. I began to welcome and encourage change. I recognized it as my new opportunity to learn, grow and increase my experience and expertise. This motivated me to study and promote through the rank structure of the department. It was always a little “scary” beginning a new assignment. Once settled in, it became evident the choice was a wise decision. I never realized how locked into my career I was until I retired. It’s an interesting transition when you’re accustomed to going to work every day for the majority of your life. Now I have altered my course, continuing to thrive on change, following a new path.
There are circumstances, events and situations (like the time change) beyond our control. The weather, traffic, costs of goods and services and so many local, national or world events are far out of our reach or sphere of influence. For example, I typically run three days a week, or at least get some trail hikes done for exercise. I’ve been following the same streets and trails for many years. I notice the changes in sidewalks, streets, trails and vegetation. It all changes as time passes. New cracks and separation occur in the concrete, pavement and hillsides; where there were none. Trees, bushes shrubs and weeds continue to grow, be trimmed, wither or grow more. The ocean tides rise and fall, rivers flow, volcanos erupt, the earth moves and we roll with each alteration. Our planet and universe are constantly changing and evolving. We are part of those daily changes. Our growth, through knowledge and experience, is equally as important. Don’t worry about change. The best thing to do, is be prepared to deal with it and adapt as necessary. Change will always occur whether you try to prevent it or not. Why resist, when you have the ability to flow with it and grow. New ideas, concepts and opportunities arise with often good for us. Be true to yourself, your beliefs, goals and dreams. Always believe in the power and energy of you. You can create real change.
Here are a few simple suggestions to start you on the road to change:
Don’t get caught up in other people’s drama. Unless you’re a therapist, first responder or their attorney; don’t do it. I’m certain you have enough to deal with in life.
Keep life simple. When you add unnecessary complications to life, it has the ability to wear your health down mentally and physically.
Make proactive changes, instead of hesitating or resisting them. When you actively make alterations to your life, you are challenging your brain to adapt to new ideas. This stimulation is wonderful for building brain power, self-confidence and success.
Build your inner strength and discipline to motivate your soul.
Be happy where you are right now.
Actively work to achieve your goals and dreams, while living each day in the present.
You’re not in a race. Enjoy life as you navigate along this journey.
Change can create incredible new opportunities. Don’t close yourself off from others, or the world, in an attempt to avoid it. Allow change to happen naturally, using it to your advantage. When you have the opportunity, seize the moment and make your own alterations. It will be an energizing experience. I don’t have all the answers. I continue to learn new things every day, and knowledge gives me power. We are never too old to be educated with new ideas, make improvements to ourselves or live better lives. Take time to slow the tempo of life and let it flow. Use the power of change to boost you toward your dreams, be happy and enjoy life.
Speaking of change and dreams:
Congratulations to an amazing young lady, who begins a new job tomorrow morning. I know her successes will be wonderful and beyond compare. Don’t ever allow negativity to paralyze or make you feel helpless. Seize control of your thoughts and turn your actions to achieving your goals and dreams. You are so much stronger and confident than you realize. Stay positive and disciplined. Slow down, breathe and let your soul shine. I’m excited for you! Remember Jess, there is no one else like you!
Please tune in and join me again next Sunday for more! The healthy life puzzle is always in rotation. Let’s be healthy and strong mentally, physically and spiritually!
Thanks for your love and support! Embrace Life! Be sure to get outside and enjoy nature!