What are you good at?


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What are you good at? Do you cook delicious meals? Do you dress well? Are you a good driver? Maybe you’re a good teacher (even if you’re not a “teacher” by official title.) Think back to your childhood. Where you good at guessing how many candies where in a jar? Did you lighten up a serious atmosphere with a joke, or let someone know you were there for them when they felt no one was listening?

Get out a piece of paper, or set up a page on your computer to make a list of accomplishments you’ve made in your lifetime. It’s not about money, or status. It’s about what you’ve done while taking in some oxygen here on earth. It’s time you acknowledge it and celebrate!

Here are a few from my list, just to give you an idea of what made me proud at the time:

  • Won Cat-in-the-Hat pillow from Sears! (I was six, and I still remember my mom handing me the phone to let me hear the lady say, “Congratulations! Do you like soft or hard pillows?” and my turning back to my mom, “Mom, do I like soft or hard pillows?” and then parroting, “Soft, please.”)
  • Winning hula hoop contests at “x” and “x”.
  • 25 boy push-ups, done correctly.
  • Making “x” amount of dollars a year.

You get the idea.

The list is for you. If you are proud of the achievement, if it made/makes you happy—put it on the list. I once went to the dollar store. I bought a photo album. When I got to my car, I noticed there was an unused lotto scratcher ticket tucked inside the photo album. I  scratched it and won a dollar! It made me laugh. Who else would go to the dollar store and get a dollar! On my list, I also have my education, money related specifics, and progress I’ve made in areas I’d struggled. What are you proud of? What makes you smile when you look back? Anything goes!

When you have a rough day, pull this list out. If your list is three, four or five pages long, there is no way you’ll stay in the dumps for long!

I shall keep the promise


 photo credit: Claudia Mulcahy

I shall keep the promise that I have made to myself. I shall never again tell myself that I am poor, sick, weak nor unhappy. I shall not lie to myself anymore, but shall daily speak the truth to my inner Soul, telling It that It is wonderful and marvelous; that It is One with the great Cause of all Life, Truth, power and action. I shall whisper these things into my Soul until it breaks forth into songs of joy with the realization of It’s Limitless possibilities. I shall assure my soul.

— Ernest Holmes, Science of Mind Text Book

 

What if we lived each day (or even one hour of each day) keeping the promise? Our lives would take quantum leaps in quality. That would ripple out to others, and out even further. If we truly lived at this level, not a fake it ‘til you make it level, we’d daily speak kind truths to ourself, and to others. We’d teach by example, and help others be their best, too. We’d begin to believe we are the greatness we claim, yet we’d realize we are beyond what we claim. The claiming of our greatness isn’t ego, but responsibility. Our greatness means we are the guardian of animals, oceans, canyon paths. The world would have worked without being beautiful – but it is beautiful, and we are the caretakers. If we don’t believe we are wonderful and marvelous, how can we acknowledge the Infinite?

Sometimes I include in my prayers, “Help me to feel as loved as I truly am.” I’m always amazed with absolute joy what happens next. This past week I meditated on that phrase for a few minutes. I received cards, calls, money, flowers, dinner, was called to interview for a job I didn’t apply – and those are just the things off the top of my head right now. Try it. Acknowledge with gratitude. (God, Universe, Angels, Spirit Guides—whatever works with you to help you.) Ultimately, it is your inner Soul answering your prayer. Keep the promise.