We often hear, “Don’t get discouraged.” I’d rather it be worded, “Don’t STAY discouraged.”
Discouragement is all too common an emotion. Most of us, if not all, have found ourselves living from time-to-time in that rundown establishment known as Hotel Discouragement. Do you visit there so often you have your own room? The trick is to stay there no longer. If we wake up in the depressing, filthy, crusted sheets of despair, the choice is ever present to get up and move to a sunnier place.
Here’s a good quote to help us do so. I found it at David Lebovitz’ website. He was speaking about writing cookbooks. Yet his advice pertains to all writers, artists and any other valiant individuals. David advises us all to shun the dark moods of despair, reminding us:
“…don’t be discouraged. Julia Child was rejected by almost everyone because Mastering the Art of French Cooking wasn’t considered salable. Later in life, another of her books that was turned down became a huge success.”
Hmmm. Good things really do come to those who patiently work hard…and who choose to move out of room 232 in that shady establishment, Hotel Discouragement.
We’re serious. Making your bed can be one of the most important things you do each day to achieve your goals. And it has nothing to do with the cleanliness of your bedroom (although that is a nice thing).
When you make your bed, you are in essence saying, “I am in charge of my life. I am not a quitter.”
On the days you’re tired and you make your bed, you’re saying, “Nothing gets me down, not even myself.”
On the days you’re angry and you make your bed, you’re saying, “That’s ok. This too shall pass.”
On the days you’re ready to give up on everything good, when you make your bed, you’re saying, “I still believe in tomorrow.”
You see, when you tidy one corner of your world, you are building the discipline muscles to tidy even the biggest parts of your universe.
Make your bed each day. Repeat aloud, “I am in charge. I still believe in tomorrow, because I’m taking care of today. I am not a quitter.”
Try it. You’ll like it.
Believe in yourself. We do. It’s why we’ve created this website.
You are worth something. Perhaps more than you know. Why? Because you are part of humanity, and for all the awful choices some parts of history contain, there are individuals who have dug deep within themselves and found the best part of what it means to be a human being.
You know the kind. Mother Theresa and others who shone by their good works and kind ways. They left a mark on society through their steady giving and good lives.
You can do the same. Smile at someone smaller than yourself today. Notice the energy that fills you as you simply lift the corners of your mouth one-half of an inch. It is miraculous, isn’t it? Sustain that smile for 30 seconds and your day will feel brighter. We promise. Try it!
And while you’re busy changing the energy of your life in positive ways–both for you and for others–keep a journal of your hopes, your goals, and the daily abundances of your life.
Find the tiniest things to write down. Are you grateful for your eyelashes? (Some people are born without them, you know.) Are you grateful for your refrigerator? Your ten toes? Seriously, every positive aspect in your current life is longed for by someone on the other side of the globe.
When life feels the most challenging, keep that journal going with the abundances of your life, even of tiniest form. Pair that with a daily smile to someone smaller than you, and within weeks you may begin to notice a different kind of glow about you. One might even call it a “Mother Theresa” glow.
Good for you! No decision is too small when it comes to your decisions to live a successful, happy life and to help others do the same.