Someone recently commented to me that I am very self-confident. I laughed out loud – literally. I am definitely a work in progress when it comes to self-confidence. I have learned and apparently am pretty good at faking it. Until I can demonstrate true self-confidence, I fake it. When I do this, I am sending a message to my inner self: “See, this is what it looks like.” Today I will encourage my strength to come out and show itself. In those not so confident moments I will continue to fake it til I make it.

I read something recently that suggested that I say out loud, “I am wonderful just as I am right now.” Honestly, I have a difficult time saying that. I would have to add “… but wait, I need to lose weight” or “…but my hair…” It’s time to embrace the wonderfulness of me, God’s child, with no limitations. No buts about it. No haughtiness. No arrogance. So today I will repeat, “I am wonderful just as I am right now” until I can say it without the buts. #soblessed

I’m realizing lately that I have thoughts that should be ignored. Not every battle that comes across my path is a battle I’m supposed to fight. Many battles are simply distractions to try to lure me off course. I can’t and shouldn’t try to straighten everyone else out or win their approval. Today I will free myself from seeing every battle as mine to fight. The word for my day is “focus”. The dictionary definition of focus as a verb is “(of a person or their eyes) adapt to the prevailing level of light and become able to see clearly”. Oh that today I may see clearly. :-)

Sometimes I feel helpless. Usually this feeling washes over me when all around me seems to be in turmoil. People I care about are going through frustrating or overwhelming times, the news is as the news is and so on and so on. Sometimes I allow the feeling of helplessness to take over so much that I don’t feel capable. It’s at this very low ebb that something happens or someone says or does something that reminds me that I am capable. I can run my own life. I may need to ask for assistance or encouragement sometimes, but I am not helpless. I don’t need to act helpless. I can feel the sense of power that comes with taking charge and running my own life the way I see fit. It doesn’t happen easily. I have to intentionally decide to move forward and not let inertia take over. Oftentimes it is in doing one small thing for someone else that empowers me once more. Looking for a little good thing that I can do (action) turns the tide of wallowing (inaction) into a day that looks much more hopeful.

Did you know that you can limit your life by dwelling on the wrong things? I’m not going to bore you (or myself) with statistics of negative things impacting a person’s health but I believe it’s absolutely true. If you live in the negative – dwelling on what’s wrong in the world and in your life – the manifestation will be physical. Your energy will be low, at the very least. I’m not saying to be a “Pollyanna”. I’m saying to not dwell in the negative. My father used to say that if you lay down to go to bed and can’t get something off your mind, get up and do something about it. If it’s something you can’t do anything about, don’t dwell there. Turn your thoughts to the blessings in your life and think on those things. The night’s rest will certainly be better for it.

Sometimes I think I may be my own enemy – perhaps I should use a morphed version of a very old humorous phrase by Walt Kelly – my version is “I have met the enemy and it is me”. My energy is low recently (putting it mildly). I could, of course, list all sorts of reasons that MIGHT be at least part of the problem. If I’m honest (really don’t wanna be but I’ll do it anyway) I know that this lack of zip in my doo da is primarily because I put junk into my body and expect to feel good. This afternoon, instead of whining about how tired I am, I’m going to slowly add in more fresh fruits and vegetables into my diet. I know from experience what’s going to happen. My energy levels are going to improve. I remember reading somewhere that “knowing thyself” is a sign of personal intelligence. I’m thinking maybe some that read this might want to travel the personal intelligence path.