“To everything there is a season” Ecc 3:1
The seasons come, the seasons go…tides ebb and flow…the sun rises, the sun sets…seeds are sown, harvests are reaped. Nature has her rhythms; so also we experience shifts, changes of moods and emotions.
This week I focus on this reality: I make my own weather! I carry it with me everywhere. Do you remember “Joe” in the little Abner comic strip? He had a little black cloud which hovered over his head, raining on his “parade.”
I choose to bring joy, enthusiasm, and laughter to all I encounter as I travel through life.
“Weak is he who permits his thoughts to control his actions; strong is he who forces his actions to control his thoughts.” Og Mandino
A study was completed regarding body language. In summary, when a person puts their hands on their hips, with a wide stance, he not only projects power, it changes his perception of himself! All cultures raise their arms to the sky in exultation and victory: that position creates positive chemicals to be released into the body. If one holds a smile on his face (even a “fake” smile) for at least 20 seconds, the facial muscles signal the brain to release positive endorphins, followed by positive feelings, which then last for hours.
“Smile” By Nat king Cole
That’s the time
You must keep on trying
Smile, what’s the use of crying
You’ll find that life is still worth-while
If you just smile
The MKE includes the Ben Franklin “verities”, where each week we focus on one verity that we experience as well as the same ones we observe. In the past, I have focused on kindness, determination, and so forth. This week has been “determination.” My biggest challenge to determination, linked to persistence, has been dealing with technology. Use of my computer feels like such a two edged sword, with its benefits and it’s frustrations. Power Points don’t behave, typed passages which take me a long time to type with two fingers, just disappear into the ether!
I persist; I win. Even baby steps bring me forward. And if I fall, I fall forward also!