“Dude…they look weird!”
On a recent trip to Whole Foods I was intrigued by the conflicting comments of two young teens. They had just stopped to look at a display of heirloom tomatoes. One offered his “they look weird” opinion while the other thought they looked “pretty cool”. Funny how two people can look at the exact same tomatoes and see two completely different things.
Which made me wonder…Is there a correlation between what you see when you look at heirloom tomatoes and how you see yourself?
Heirloom tomatoes look dramatically different than what we’ve come to know as traditional tomatoes. Traditional tomatoes are Read the rest of this entry »
August 20, 2016 No Comments
Because you possess the ultimate superpower.
Superheroes come in all shapes and sizes but for the most part superheroes are defined by their unique superpowers. Some of us mortals, too, can be defined by our own unique power, a power which keeps us from being anything but super:
The power to see what’s missing.
What do you see when you look at your life? Is your first response to be grateful for all the blessings you already have in your life or do you only see what’s you think is missing from it?
I’ve had my own challenges in this area. I’ve let my tendency to see what I thought was missing prevent me from enjoying what I already had, wasting life’s precious moments because the moments weren’t as perfect as I thought they needed to be.
It’s not a fun way to live. Because once you start seeing flaws in your own life you start seeing them in everyone and everything else, too.
Seeing only what’s missing adversely degrades what you expect in life. You’re not surprised when things don’t work out in your favor because, quite honestly, you didn’t really expect them to.
Negativity perpetuates negativity. Life becomes a chaotic vortex of misery and at some point you’ll be looking for a superhero of your own to rescue you.
The only superhero who can save you is you.
Your eyes which can only see what is missing can be refocused to see all that you already have. It sounds impossibly simplistic, but changing your perspective changes your life. Especially when you change your perspective about yourself.
CHOICES If you are one who tends to see only what’s missing in your life, I’d like to challenge you to take a fresh look at it. Spend some time looking at the blessings you have been overlooking. There are far more than you realize, all around you, including the blessing of yourself.
In many ways you possess the ultimate superpower. You have the power to shape your own vision of your world and what your place will be in it. You get to decide if you’ll celebrate all that you already have in life and partake in the peace and joy which come with it or if you’ll lament in the anger and emptiness of what you choose to see is missing from it.
Perhaps the only thing really missing from your life is your ability to see that nothing is?
Life is far more beautiful when you focus on the roses and not the thorns.
It’s a great day to be you!
August 13, 2016 No Comments
When I grow up I want to be a tree.
Trees, simply, grow.
Trees live up to their potential. Everyday. They fully expand and become all they were created to be. Because trees never work against themselves. The don’t fill themselves with doubt or question their worthiness. They don’t complain about the quality of the soil they’re planted in. They don’t stress wondering what will happen if there isn’t as much rain as last year. Trees never look at other trees with jealousy or envy, the short trees never wishing they were taller, the wide-trunked trees never wishing they were thinner.
Trees never work against themselves.
In life the thing that most holds us back from fully realizing our greatest potential is the tendency to work against ourself. We work against ourself when we consistently whisper any negative and self-defeating words into our own ears. And we probably don’t even notice we’re doing it.
SELF-INFLICTED When we question our worthiness and doubt our abilities we are working against ourself. We we let the adverse opinions of others impact the opinions we have of ourself we are Read the rest of this entry »
August 6, 2016 No Comments