Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Taking Stock Part II

In order to create the life we want, we need to take some quiet time each day to see if we're just spinning our wheels. Sometimes unexpected challenges come up and interfere with the direction we've chosen, and we need to recognize their potential for getting us off track.

These challenges can come in any form, affecting any part of our life. A few years ago a serious car wreck took months out of my normal activity. This took some taking stock of where I was and what I needed to do to recover and keep my life in a healthy direction. Most of the time, our challenges are not severe situations, but they can still affect our health, our finances, our relationships, or just a daily activity. Someone gets sick, money fails to come in, the boss chews us out, company arrives unexpectedly, plans go awry, the car won't start. We know the story. This is life. But if we just react without awareness and neglect what's going on inside, these challenges can affect our general quality of life.

The first thing to do is back up and check your feelings about the situation. Do you feel angry, impatient, scared, sad, frustrated? Maybe you need to take a few deep breaths, cool off and take a non-judgmental look at the situation and how you're reacting. There could be a beneficial lesson to be learned.

Be patient and flexible, and try to lighten your attitude. Changing your attitude from negative to positive can lead to a better outcome. If you can't find ways to resolve the problem, accept what you can't change and adjust your direction. Change is part of life too.

The point is to stay aware of what you're doing, so you don't miss the big picture of where you want your life to go. A healthy life takes mind and heart. You can't turn off one or the other and expect a full, happy life. Take each day as it comes. Take stock of your feelings, your actions and reactions, and remind yourself of what you want to be on the inside and what you want to create on the outside. Then move ahead with love and wisdom.

I wish you joy in each day.