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Tuesday, April 24th, 2007
1:04 pm
Hi, I'm new here, and I need some help.

I've been helping my sister for the last year and a half through a tumultuous period of recovery and self-discovery and lately she's been telling me she's "stuck" and "just can't find the motivation" to do what she knows she needs to do to take care of herself and move forward spiritually. I don't think it's depression. I suspect she's spinning her wheels upon a false belief that she's having trouble identifying and that is holding her back. I have been looking around for some readings or affirmations about motivation and drive to give her, but haven't found anything helpful. Anyone have any recommendations or affirmations I can share with her?

And before I end, I'll share my favorite affirmation of all time:

The goddess made me the way I am and she did NOT screw up.
Sunday, January 14th, 2007
1:24 pm
The realization of needing "want to."
I've been recording my affirmations over the last 2 weeks, and as I've done so, I've realized that it's really helpful to me to include an "I want to" version, like so:

I help others.
I feel good when I help others.
I am good at helping others.
I want to help others.

adding the "want to" resonates differently - it emphasizes my desire to continue doing it, to start doing it, to become it, etc.

even with the limited "air time" my affirmations are getting (no way to play them back at night yet,) i still hear them throughout my day and they have positively impacted countless situations.

this is good stuff. :-)
Friday, December 8th, 2006
10:21 am
Thinking about thinking
I've been meta-thinking a lot lately, thinking about how thinking affects me. For instance, yesterday I had a horrifically shitty day. I'm pretty convinced that I had that day because I thoroughly set myself up for it.

The night before, my dogs had run off into the woods for seven hours, and I hadn't slept well because of it. We had an early morning meeting that I didn't want to go to, so I slumped into work not looking forward to anything. I remember my inner dialogue saying, "This day is going to suck, this day is going to suck, if even the smallest thing happens, I'm going to be in a really bad mood! I might even quit my job." This was endlessly looping in my head. All. Day.

My day, needless to say again, sucked the moose. It was awful. I damn near quit my job, I quibbled with my boss, I made stupid mistakes, small things ruined my day. I am normally a sweet, cheerful person, but yesterday, I was a grouch. I told people it was entirely likely I was going to quit after telling my boss what a flipping moron he is.

Fortunately, I somehow managed not to do that. Still, the day sucked.

Today, I'm working on getting into a more positive frame of mind. I really, really need to find a microphone for my computer, so I can record these things. ARGH!

Current Mood: amused
Wednesday, December 6th, 2006
1:51 am
my list so farCollapse )

There are more I'm sure but this is what I can write down just now.

I am certainly typical of my family, the most difficult ones to read and concentrate on were the ones allowing my self my own time and rest, and allowing myself to accept from others. We tend to put the work or idea of the work or others above and beyond our own wants and needs. And, being human, when we do take that time to meet our own needs, we feel guilt and discomfort. From the conversations we've had, we all have a hard time asking for and accepting more than superficial help.

Physical therapy has been interesting in many, many ways (not least because of the actual visible improvement in my leg). It somewhat forces me to accept aid. Not to deny responsibility or to slack off, but to acknowledge that aid is needed and will be there when I ask for it. It's an odd feeling when you are given the responsibility to *ask* for help, to work as hard as you can, but learning that asking for help is *part* of that working as hard as you can. It's a new concept for me and one that alternately delights and terrifies me. It means I take on a whole new level of control and responsibility. If you are not just *allowed* to ask but the asking is *part* of what you are responsible for doing to complete the task, it opens up a whole scary set of possibilities.

What if all the things that I fight to do and fight to follow through on, are such a struggle because *part of the task* is to ask for assistance *before* I've gotten hurt or frustrated? What if the essential bit, the part of the task I am falling down on, is to acknowledge I am not in control of the world and that I need to *ask*? There's a difference somewhere here between being able to ask for aid and not being responsible for completing one's own tasks. Maybe what is needed is for me to redefine the idea of *task*. Perhaps, if I accept that asking for help is an essential *part* of the task, then the level of frustration and resentment I fight with when I am *forced to ask* isn't needed? And how to draw the line between asking for aid and just being lazy?

Thanks Akein, you've given me much food for thought, and all loverly crunchy bits too.

x-posted to my own journal and < lj user="lifeaffirmation">

Current Mood: thoughtful
Tuesday, December 5th, 2006
12:17 pm
Saw this in a .sigfile...
"The fountain of content must spring up in the mind, and he who hath so little knowledge of human nature as to seek happiness by changing anything but his own disposition, will waste his life in fruitless efforts and multiply the grief he proposes to remove." ~ Samuel Johnson

Nice. :-)
Saturday, December 2nd, 2006
4:15 pm
My list of affirmations
Here's a post I made recently listing my first shot at creating a list of affirmations. I'd love to hear any feedback and see other people's, too!
10:05 am
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