Tuesday, July 28, 2015

A happier you, continued...

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In comparison to other cultures, we as a nation in the United States realize more than not that we must be responsible for our own happiness and this starts within as apposed to putting this responsibility in whole on outside factors.

The Psychology Today article I linked to in my piece goes on to specify, “…it is important to realize that there are many components to happiness.  If you are feeling sad, then you may be prone to focus on what is wrong with you that makes you unhappy.  When you realize the role that life situations play in happiness, though, it helps you to see how changing your environment can also change your outlook on life.”

When we have sources external to us that are affecting our moods, it is important to identify these and address this aspect that may be draining our spirit. If we’re able to remove ourselves from a negative environment, then we must put this action in motion. It is important not to underestimate how draining an unhealthy environment can be to the spirit but we must also realize that we can’t control others and as the article states we must be responsible for our own internal emotional state.

We must take ownership for our present moment and our own destinies. If we’re not living our dreams, then we must take control of the reigns of life and change direction. Happiness is not a destination; it is a way of being. I recommend you surface your creative spirit and allow this expression to help a happier you rise in the present moment.

Talk to me about a happier you; what does this person feel and look like?

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Conflict is natural, continued...

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I used to think of conflict as drama but as I’ve grown older I realize that society has influenced this perspective. If I ran from conflict, I would be exhausted. As the article states, it is a natural part of life, why, because we are all individuals. I really believe this to be a good thing. When I think of my relationship with my fiancĂ© for example, while he and I have similar ideals and dreams, our strategies for getting there are very different. I love this about us. We are both good people with good intentions and we’re both creative and intelligent but most anytime we are problem-solving, we’re looking at it from different angles. It is pretty cool. A relationship is made of two individuals and it is when these individuals lose themselves within the relationship, identities get lost and when this happens relationships turn to the worst. When we can embrace our individual selves and allow the relationship to complement each of us, it thrives within positive light.

Yes, I am not denying that conflict can be bad, when charged negatively; it is destructive. Differences can turn into arguments, which turn into fights and fights turn into revenge and on a big scale, this can turn into war. But it isn’t the word itself that creates such havoc, it is the energy given to it that either lights the world or darkens it.

Talk to me about the conflict in your life, can you see its light? Share with me.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Bejeweled Blitz, continued...

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I must confess I am a fan of Bejeweled Blitz; I like the classic game. Perhaps it draws me in because of my competitive spirit or it is tantalizing to the child in me but at least a couple of times a week I like to settle into the game, mostly late night, and I continue to push for high score.

I used to feel guilty about this pastime because it wasn’t productive but for us to be efficient and productive we need some downtime and fun so I’m not as hard on myself about this any longer. Do not misunderstand, if I was playing hours and hours each and everyday, this is not a healthy. The key word in the article is moderation. Also, perhaps it is the mom in me but the research offers “casual games” like Bejeweled Blitz as being productive so if it is a violent game, I’m not sure it meets the grade as far as being a positive at least according to this particular research.

The impact of violent gaming is controversial and something I’m not going to get into here although I do not care for them. I like more calming or upbeat games. I think whatever we interface with creates energy that dwells with and impacts us. I want to boost the light in my light not the darkness!

What do you do with your downtime? Do you play any online video games? Drop me a note and let’s talk about it.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Surprise yourself, continued...

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Earlier this summer I was surprised to find a bird’s nest in my hanging plant that I move often to the shade on my porch and back to the sun on a hanging rod next to my driveway. It seems these little birds thought it was good refuge although I was worried about them after I discovered it. It was rather mobile and flimsy although it worked out for them as temporary housing because later I found the nest empty with the exception of a broken empty eggshell in it.

This is the kind of surprise that is amazing to me; being in the sidelines of nature in process is pretty cool. I think the birds were Finches but I’m not 100% sure as I’m not an avid bird watcher.

It is interesting to me to see how people’s personalities shape the activities around them. For example, we were recently going to give my aunt a surprise birthday party but when my uncle was notified he advised against it. She really isn’t the kind of person who likes surprises although we certainly wanted to do this from our hearts as a kind gesture. Perhaps it wouldn’t have been perceived this way so we didn’t end up pursuing it. Later when she found out she vetoed the thought all togetherL

She is a kind person but for her the surprise might have been more of a stressor than a fun-loving celebration as intended.

In the article I go from talking about surprising others or being surprised by others to the ultimate surprise; this is when we surprise ourselves.

I like the thought of overcoming a lack of confidence when we perceive something to be beyond our reach but we push through it and achieve in spite of the adversity. This is so rewarding and surprising.

What are your thoughts about being surprised? Is it something you like? Leave me a note about it.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Thoughts of substance, continued...

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I titled my article Thoughts of Substance while I lean on Zapier.com to expand on these thoughts of substance or ideas. They offer good content.

Zapier.com’s article continued in regards to moving past the thinking stage of the good content:

“And finally we come to the hardest part of the process. Recognizing which ideas are worth pursuing, and which should be dumped or put on hold. I'm not sure there's a solid answer to how you can go about this, but I picked up some clues to perfecting the process.

Lewandowski suggests using passion as a filter, which I'm definitely on board with. If you're looking at a huge stack of ideas (hopefully by this stage you are), you have to be ruthless about which ones you choose to pursue—we'll never find time to execute on every idea we have. And anyway, you'll probably find (at least I often do) that after giving them time to settle, you'll be much less excited about some of the ideas you've noted down. For Lewandowski, this worked as a kind of process of elimination.

‘Many of the ideas at the fat end of the funnel didn’t get much further because that passion wasn’t thereeither for me or for others in the room,’ he wrote.
But I also love that Lewandowski pointed out using passion as a filter for your ideas doesn't necessarily mean you can only work on life-changing ideas. You just have to care about them enough to bring them to life.

‘Not everything that goes into the wide end of your idea funnel should be utterly change-the-world-I-have-to-make-this-happen-at-all-costs, yet at some point in that funnel from idea to product someone will have to be personally convicted of the idea and want to fight for it,’ he wrote.

You're going to have to say "no" to some ideas you want to execute. It's pretty much inevitable. It's important to get used to looking at your ideas objectively and choosing the ones that have the best chance for success or support your goals best, and letting go of others (or at least putting them aside for a while)…”

Speaking as a creative person I believe my thoughts of substance are generated through a process that honors the manifestation of such thoughts. It isn’t about putting a pressure on yourself to generate ideas but it’s more about creating a space that respects the process.    

Tell me about your process of thinking, when, where and how it works for you.