As we journey through our personal and professional lives, there will inevitably be periods of incredible frustration and despair. During these hard times, it will seem that we’ve lost everything and that nobody and nothing could possibly motivate us to move forward in the direction of our dreams.
But luckily we are all holding a backpack of support that comes in many forms – it can be a simple SMS or email from someone we listen to, an inspiring Facebook Meme, a book a friend recommends to us, a blog you come across such as this one, a helpful neighbour etc., etc., etc.
In Getting Back to Happy: link to the website. Marc and Angel Chernoff state that there are two opportunities when we are feeling discouraged and unmotivated:
1. To recognise and appreciate our backpack of support – our external sources of motivation – before a random guru (or someone with much more crooked intentions) has to steal it from us so that we can finally see what we have always taken for granted.
2. To be present and tap into our own hearts and minds – our internal sources of motivation – which have the power to push us back up on our feet and guide us down the road to our backpack of support, even when it appears to be lost forever.
What does the world say about support, here are 15 gems to enquire into it:
1. One of my musical friends is passing over to the other side and one of his closest buddies visited him for three hours recently. He wrote a post about it, that the most precious moments where when they went quiet together and just sat in the energy of their love for each other.
2. Not sure about having to remain consistent, doesn’t unconditionality allow for all states of play: Perfect.
3. For me, it’s my siblings. we have a deep love and respect for each other.
4. It’s time to let your self-judgements drop away and let your worthiness shine on: Shine on You Crazy Diamond.
5. The closer I get to this moment to moment the more joy is available to me on a daily basis.
6. I like the theory that mistakes occur to show us that we are going down the wrong track: Same Mistake.
7. Think Martin Luther King, Maya Angelou, Nelson Mandela, Wayne Dyer…etc, etc.
8. I just spent 5 days at the Expand Your Box training that investigates what you have recorded in your body and how they control your ability to express yourself at 100%. It was revealing and transformational: Jump In The Line.
9. A notion that is being supported more and more these days.
10. Let go of your gaseous nebula, it’s holding your transformation up: A Star Is Born.
11. The latter is not win: win it is winning happening on an ongoing basis.
12. From little things, big things grow: From Little Things, Big Things Grow.
13. I just love this image, I imagine myself as a 64-year-old replacing the child.
14. One of the difficult things to give away in life, absolute trust: Trust.
15. And a final word from Maya, actions not words is the best way of supporting yourself and your dreams.
No matter what your circumstances, you always have what it takes to take the next smallest step. As Epicurus so profoundly said. “Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.”
Be mindful, be present. Keep going. One small step at a time.
The playlist for today contains a few quirky numbers: First two varieties of Pink, then James Blunt followed by an outtake from Beetlejuice featuring Harry Belafonte. Then two duets by Babara Streisand and Kris Christofferson and possibly my favourite Australian song by Paul Kelly and Missy Higgins. Pop Diva Christina Perri finishes it. Here’s the link for your visual and aural pleasure: The Best Advice my Mother Ever Gave Me.
Namaste until next time, my dear friends: