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Les Rivaux de Painful Gulch

A Little Motivation

Pain doesn’t tell you when you ought to stop. Pain is the little voice in your head that tries to hold you back because it knows if you continue you will change.

Don’t let it stop you from being who you can be. Exhaustion tells you when you ought to stop. You only reach your limit when you can go no further.

– Unknown

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Feet On the Map

Action is fascinating because action is habitual.

You can be the habit of action or the habit of inaction – both having dramatically different results.

The more you create the habit of action, the more action you take.

And the more you create the habit of inaction, the harder it is to get started.

Which habit are you in? What holds you back? All it takes it the first step. Then another step. No one ever said it has to be the right step because you can adjust along the way. It just has to be a step, and all the rest will work itself out.

What is the moral of the story? Don’t wait until your perfect plans are made and your fears are gone. The perfect time is now. Take the first step, then make the other steps a habit.

 

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Man washing dishes

Man washing dishes (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Remember the times when the teacher did roll call in class and the answer after your name was called was “present”? You were fairly present at the moment you heard your name. I don’t know about you, I was somewhere else for most of high school.

Today BEing present actually shows up by participating in the moment you are in, completely. Multi-tasking be damned, just doing one thing at a time and not wandering off in body or mind to another task, problem or issue. This is not always easy, but possible.

Are you willing to practice? Start with doing a mundane chore like the dishes or sweeping the floor. While you are doing it concentrate on the actual washing/sweeping. “Get the corners.” “Flip the dish and scrub that spot”. How long before you were thinking about dealing with the kids or heading out to do other chores or maybe even adding another task while you are doing this one, like calling a friend or checking your email?

Caught you! I knew it, lots of you are like me! HA! When I want to let go of the turmoil in my head or the dreaded to-do list, I start by thinking I just want to BE. My to-BE at the moment is just to wash the dishes and when other things filter in, I note it then clear my mind to the task at hand.

It is really incredibly relaxing to do only one thing at a time. Meditative even.When did we get so busy? Why do we think that if we are only done ONE thing we must be lazy or inefficient?

Life is short and we ALL need to slow down a bit and just BE. This IS the good life and “Life is too short to be anything but happy!”

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Moving Day (book)

Moving Day (book) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I was just looking at the boxes piling up as we get closer to our move date. I wonder how many others I know are doing the same. There is lots to do but I have been pacing myself. Layers of our stuff have been removed one week at a time and now there are only 4 left before the big day.

Moving can mean many things. Moving house and home, moving our body, moving forward in our jobs and life as well. This being the case we are all moving a great deal of the time, aren’t we?

There may even be areas we want to move but are a bit stuck. Maybe you have been in the same job that you don’t like for far too long. Fear of the unknown can be a reason for some of this for sure. Will it be a good decision to make the move on? Will I regret the move? Will I be comfortable both during as well as after the move? Hmmm… many questions.

How about moving our bodies? I can move it out of the bed right over to the fridge then couch or I can move it to the closet for runners and a leash for my dog. I can sit around the house or move out the door and do some gardening. Moving doesn’t have to look like a gym membership, it could be a walk and a chat with a good friend or loved one around the block. How about a game of frisbee or catch? Dancing is a great way to move with some fun music and friends. Even by yourself with the curtains drawn if you are a bit self-conscious.

We all have a choice to move in one form or another. We just need to decide “if”, “what kind,” “how” and “when”. I challenge you all to just move in some way- TODAY! Let me know what you did that got you moving. Have a terrific move!

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A dear friend mentioned that self esteem comes from our parents. This was not news to me as I thought it was about our sense of value and that it most likely came from our parents…they/we are always the culprits. More importantly and specifically it is from being consciously listened to with eye contact. This sounds simple right? Not so simple these days. The busier we are the more things we are doing at the same time fracturing our attention from others. Not on purpose as if we don’t care, we just feel the pressure of time bearing down on us and are not present in the moment.

How about when you are chatting on the phone with a friend, are you doing the dishes or feeding the dog? I have noted that there have been times when I have been doing several things simultaneously and stopped to wonder what I was doing. Writing is one thing that I do not or maybe cannot do at the same time as anything else. Working with clients is another time I can stay focused on just the other person, but as that is mostly over the telephone eye contact is rarely a part of it. Listening with intention becomes primary and equally effective when the voice is all you have. Meditation is another but almost all else it is a real effort to stay focused on just one thing, or person.

Okay, go back. Go way back (for some of us it may feel like an eternity) to when you were a child. What kind of attention did your mom give you? Was your mom attentive to you when you were a wee one toddling around? For some, you may answer “of course she was!” But for many you either hope she was, don’t know or are sure she was not.

Mom may have been overwhelmed with many children and depended on older siblings to help take care of your needs or maybe even off at work before you were even one year old. Things have changed and moms get to stay home longer than say thirty years ago. Is it possible she was at home baking cookies when you got home from school? Or was she frantically trying to get everything in the house done like laundry and supper then baths and snacks with no real time to even read a book and tuck you in with a big hug.

Was there real time for listening? Can you envision in your mind’s eye her looking into yours with loving care and attention? Some of you can and some of you are getting a little uncomfortable now and maybe even a bit resentful. This is not my goal here. It’s about how we all can make a difference for others while we go along in our day. How can we affect our children’s, parents, friends and associates lives? One person at a time we can raise their self-esteem, their sense of personal value by giving them a small moment of your time.

If you don’t think that listening has value, just go back and think about someone who did – maybe your dad, grandparent, neighbor, relative, teacher or friend. When they took the time to really give you that care and attentive listening – how did you feel? I know that I felt special. I felt worthwhile. I felt wanted. I felt cared about. I felt loved! I no longer felt invisible in the world, even if just for a moment. Somebody thought that what I had to say was important. It felt GREAT!

Even just eye contact with a stranger walking by can more often than not elicit a smile of knowing. Knowing that they really are alive and seen by at least one other person can lift their spirit. We can go along our days unconsciously hardly seeing another person or we can make a decision that we matter enough, others matter enough to give them the time and care to stop, look and listen.

If you want to lift the SPIRIT through the self esteem of our world one person at a time, please forward this post on.

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It is important to remember that we are energy. Einstein told us that. And energy cannot be created or destroyed, it just changes form. Rhonda Byrne

What does your energy feel like today? Does it feel warm and fuzzy or overwhelmed and difficult, electric and vibrating, exhausted and dragging or calm and relaxed? Let me know how you feel.

How does your energy look? Black and cold, red and raging or brown and boring…white and illuminating or maybe yellow and cozy, how about bright and light you tell me…

Do you depend on a hit of energy from a power drink, coffee, chocolate or some outside source instead of from within?

You have a choice and if you want support on where to go from here or how to focus that energy in the way you want, well I have a tele-forum for you!

Check it out on the events page or just click here!

https://tammyrowlandcoaching.wordpress.com/upcomingevents/

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BASE Building

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I fell off my bicycle 2 weeks ago. Not to worry, I am okay with mostly bumps and bruises. I sat in the street in agony laughing my head off. The two retired women who came to my rescue couldn’t help but laugh as they scraped me off the asphalt and dragged my bike the 3 houses I got. It was my beloved’s old bike actually and I was just giving it an around the block test-drive to decide if I would actually ride it or sell it. The ride lasted 30 seconds but I am still paying for it, but healing.

I have been building my strength and energy for the past year or so. The idea that I may actually be interested in riding the bike was not mine.  Although I am always looking for things to do with my beloved, I truly did not think that I would be into the bicycling thing, but I did not think I would fall or plan for it. So why did I get on the bike?

Well, I figured that I owed it to him to try. I didn’t get on the bike for me as for us really. I love spending time with my beloved so if only for me, there would have been no test-drive. I do no seem to have great natural balance so have fallen of roller blades and bikes and things with wheels and blades – heck even a toboggan! I have always been just more safe when I stay on my feet, planted firmly on the ground.

This is not to say I will try other things. I have considered zip lining between trees with a friend of mine. This will have to wait until my shoulder heals, though. Even para-sailing off a dock over the water, but to land in the water is not my bag either! Even the idea of jumping off a cliff tandem with someone who has a glider strapped to their back has some appeal. I think its that feeling of flying through the air that I want to try!

I am not writing this to discourage you to try stuff out, frankly quite the opposite. If you want to be sure that something is not for you then give it a shot. If you want to jump out of a perfectly good airplane with a parachute strapped firmly to your back, JUMP! Why not? I am continuing to heal and build strength and energy at the gym on a bicycle that is nailed down and only one wheel as I see it. This is giving me energy while doing cardio and adding circulation to  heal my leg.

What will you try out just to see if it’s your thing? Be sure to wear a helmet and elbow pads!

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