Budding Opportunities: Tend the Garden of Your Mind

“What a difference a day makes.  Twenty-four little hours.”  When you give yourself time to digest life, it goes down so much easier.  I’m having a health challenge and as always I am reminded to tend to my thoughts.  How easy it is to forget that we decide which thoughts to entertain on a daily basis.  It seems that they just show up sometimes as uninvited guests and we can’t do anything about that.  WRONG!  We must tend our thoughts as carefully as we tend our gardens.  What gets planted will grow.  If you plant watermelon seeds, you won’t get apples.  Seems kind of obvious, but many times we find ourselves entertaining thoughts of despair about our health and then wonder why things seem to be getting worse.

Yes, we have to be realistic and face whatever presents itself.  Once we’ve acknowledged it, then we decide how to think about it.  If the automatic response is panic, doom and gloom, then we find ourselves in the negative death spiral to hell.  The negative thoughts come pouring in and start to overwhelm the system.

However, there is another way to tend the garden of your mind.  Face reality.  What is actually happening?  Much of it will exist only in the mind.  Then adopt a perspective that leaves you options.  It’s amazing how just having a choice can lift your spirits and raise your energy to see the possibilities in life.  It’s very easy to decide that everything is falling apart.  But what if it isn’t?  What if you can make a different choice?  What if you can see things from a different perspective, one that has you winning for a change?  Or at least gives you a fighting chance?

The way this life works is we have dark clouds and rain, then we get sunshine and flowers.  Neither is good or bad.  It simply is.  The thought seeds we’ve planted determine what sprouts in the fertile soil of our minds.  If we welcome the clouds and rain, we have a perspective that this will bring juicy watermelons.  If we welcome the sunshine, we enjoy a walk in the park or wandering in our garden picking the sweet fruit.  What we harvest is what was planted.

If we are planting negative thought seeds, the harvest will be disappointing at best.  What we will have to eat will only irritate the system and make life stressful, dark and cloudy like the sky on a rainy day.  Plant seeds that empower you.  Plant seeds that give you options.  Plant seeds that feed and nourish your soul.

The dark clouds always part and then there is sun.  “What a difference a day makes.  Twenty-four little hours.  You’ve got the sun and the flowers where there used to be rain.  What a difference a day makes.  And the difference is you!”

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Take the First Step

Stay Active for Life is the theme for March at Janice Woody’s Lifetime Health.  Last week we talked about activity being a mindset and the fact that everything is created twice, first in the mind, then in our outer reality.  Staying active requires the most profound yet simple commitment.  We must take the first step.

Taking the first step sets us up for dramatic change.  Change is something humans resist.  The first step puts the body out of balance, necessitating the next step.  We are no longer sedentary.  We’ve upset the status quo and many times our ego will go into a raging fit about how this is inconvenient and just too big a commitment.  “I don’t even have 10 minutes to take a walk.  I’m just too busy.”

For someone who is overweight or obese, this kind of struggle may seem obvious.  But what if you’re young and active right now.  You never imagine a time when you won’t be this way.  That is where the challenge lies.  When we are living an active lifestyle, we tend to take it for granted.  We assume it will always be that way.  Sometimes we’re not present to our lives.  We may go for a run or go to the gym every week because that’s our routine.  We don’t give it a lot of thought.  We may not even know why we started in the first place.  Maybe it became a habit because of an old boyfriend or girlfriend.  I challenge you to question why you are so active right now if this is your reality.  Think about your WHY.  Knowing and understanding it, may save your life one day.

Life happens in a flash.  Our daily routines can be upset in an instant by a bad decision, people in our lives, health challenges, etc.  Before you’re aware of it, your world is turned upside down and what was once an active lifestyle changes into a stress filled, stationary existence.  It only takes a few days for some people.  Their healthy pattern is broken and they find themselves making different lifestyle choices which don’t involve much movement.

I’ve seen this in my own life.  I used to walk 3 miles every day and bike and swim.  Then I changed my work life and found myself sitting in front of a computer monitor from early morning to late into the afternoon.  I told myself this was necessary if I wanted to be “successful”.  Did it take its toll on my health?  You bet it did.  I started to gain weight, slowly at first, but then it really started to pack on.  I had always enjoyed being active, but just didn’t realize how much I needed to make it a priority for my health.  Here’s the part that’s really annoying, it took me longer to get back my stamina and previous level of strength and agility.  Whenever I slacked off, it would always take longer to come back physically.

Stay active for life.  Take the first step.  If you’re already there, take the second step and be present to why you’re doing it, how it feels and why it’s important to you.  Don’t take your life for granted.  It’s precious.  Every moment is precious.  If you get this, please like it and share it with your friends.  Visit me at JaniceWoody.com and sign up for a class or coaching to help you on your path of Wellness and Graceful Aging.

Here’s to your Lifetime Health!