Are You Still In 2015?

Good Morning!

Still in 2015 are you?

I’m not referring to actually, physically being in the past (that would mean you have a time machine and if so get in touch with me I’d like to revisit a few places in the past), I’m referring to the mind having trouble with the fact that a new year has started.

I’m still writing 2015 on everything even though I’m fully aware that it is 2016.

It’s as if I don’t want another year to have passed, or something akin to that idea.

In reality I know it’s because I’m so used to writing 2015 that it has become a habit. An automatic habit.

So that has me thinking about habits and how they control our lives. Everything we do on a daily basis without really thinking about it, is a habit.

Some are good habits, some are not so good, and some habits are absolutely terrible for our well being on every level.

What do we do about it? Especially the bad for us habits.

In my opinion…

We change them and therefore we change ourselves, for the better.

Even small changes can have a big impact on our physical selves and our mental selves.

So then why not change the bad habits, right here, right now?

Honestly – Change is a scary thing.

Even small changes can be frightening.

It’s different. Goes against the ingrained response to our lives. It goes against the programming of habits.

After all habits are only a programmed way of responding to our environment.

Not all of these programmed responses are bad. Some of them are quite good and save us from harm and damage everyday.

For example:

When driving a vehicle and we come up to a red traffic light – we stop. Because we’ve been taught that we have to for safety reasons. Same goes for stop signs. This is a good habit.

We know not to touch fire, boiling water, not to grab knives by the blade, not to walk out into traffic, etc…

We don’t really think about these things, we just do them, an automatic response happens in the above situations.

Examples of good habits:

Waving at someone when they wave at us, smiling when smiled at, saying hello in social situations. Good programming for sure.

When we are hungry we eat, when thirsty we drink,  when tired we sleep and so on. Those are also a programmed response to the situation we are in at that moment.

These are all basic examples of course. Us being the humans that we are will naturally go against the programming from time to time if needed or merely to rebel against it.

So if we can naturally go against the programming from time to time then why can’t we change the programming from time to time as well?

Because change can be a scary thing and when something is scary I believe it is instinctual for us to avoid it out of self preservation.

So then how do we change?

Good question really. There is no one set answer for everyone because we are all individuals.

However, I believe that everyone can change if they are willing to embark on that journey. First step on that journey is to change for ourselves. That way we can fully embrace the journey that leads to a positive change in our lives.

What would you like to change?

Get out a piece of paper and write down your thoughts about the question. Then flip the paper over and write some thoughts about the steps you feel you will to take in order to accomplish that change.

This can be a small change or a big change, it’s up to you because this is for you. It’s okay to focus on your needs here.

You can count this as a first page in a change journal (if you are inclined to keep one) and your first step on the journey towards change.

Even though you are making a change for yourself, you don’t have to take the journey alone. If you’d like you can share your journey with someone or a group, even here if you want to. If you do, make sure that the person or group is going to be supportive of your journey.

I’d love to here from you. What would you like to change? Leave a comment about it, share a thought, drop a note.

Me, you ask?

I’m changing the way that I set goals. I briefly talked about it in the post yesterday and  I’m going to share that journey with you here in a weekly post about it. It’s a small change for sure but it will have a big impact on my life.

Change – It doesn’t have to scary.

 

P.S. I really would like to know any comment or thoughts about today’s post.

P.P.S. Have A Wonderful Day!

 

 

 

 

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Today is the best day to……….

Good Morning!

How are you today?

Me? – I’m good, fine and Great!

Even though my car is in the shop getting major work done (transmission replaced) and I’m basically housebound until it is finished, I’m in  a great mood.

I’m writing this post today off the top of my head and the title is the first thing I thought of to write about.

How would finish the title of this post?

Today is the best day to_______________.

Go ahead and write that down (not for me though, for you) then fill in the blank.

No rules to it, just write it down and finish the statement.

For me:

Today is the the best day to start my planning for next year.

That is a big one for me. I have a lot of projects I want to accomplish and planning them out is going to give me a physical road map to follow in which to do just that. Accomplish.

So I could revise the statement a little too. Today is the best day for me to accomplish my planning.

That feels better.

Have you written it down yet? Is it that you are planning on starting something, finishing something, or relaxing?

All of it is important. All of it is a part of yourself that you are expressing. A need, desire, idea, or thought about what you want right here and now.

Make it realistic for yourself and then accomplish it. Write about it in your journal, blog about it, post it as a status update on your social media sites.

Do this one thing today for you. You deserve it.

At the very least you deserve to try this one thing for yourself. Are you ready? Count to three, take a deep breath, and write it down.

And if you could do one thing more, a small thing really, I’d like it if you could share that one thing with me by leaving a comment for me about it.

I love sharing ideas, thoughts, and such. I believe it keeps the energy building and the momentum moving. This in turn helps us accomplish what we need to (or want to) do.

Have a great day and be Happy with yourself today!

p.s. Have you written it down yet? No pressure just wondering.

Reese Cups, Poetry and Quantum Things

Today I’d like to share some thoughts about a book I’m reading.

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Quantum Physics For Poets by Leon M. Lederman and Christopher T. Hill

Stay with me here, do not let the title scare you off. 🙂

It’s science with bits of poetry inside. Two great things together in the same place, sort of like Resse Cups.

I started reading it this weekend while I was a at a friend’s house and I’m so, so , so glad that he lends out his books. I was hooked right from the start. The title drew me in and the first sentence captured me.

“In the TV series Star Trek, and it’s subsequent derivatives, the starship Enterprise travels throughout intergalactic space.”

I mean any book that starts off with comparisons to Star Trek will hook me, reel me in, and have my rapt attention. I admit – I love the show. But more to the point (that I think I was going to make) is that when a book (fiction or not) starts off with something I can relate to, then I’m usually in it for the ride to the end.

The book talks about what is known about science today, in-particularly quantum physics, compared to what was known in the early 20th century and prior centuries.  The amazing journey that early thinkers went on in order to learn is great. And the learning continues today.

It’s written so that anyone can read it and understand it. You don’t have to have a degree in science, physics, or quantum physics in order to get it. 

I’m only on chapter two but I think I’m in love with this book. It’s one I’d like to own so I can reference back to it while I’m finishing my novel. The writing in Quantum Physics For Poets really opened a floodgate of creativity in me. 

I wish this book was around when I was in school because I may have brought it in and waved it around in class while yelling, “See! This is what I’m talking about. This book has the answers I’m looking for!” But then that would’ve caused more trouble. But I digress….

If you like non-fiction, science, science fiction, and poetry then I highly recommend that you get this book. It makes you think.

Have a great Monday and may you see something that lights a spark in you.

Thoughtful Thursday

Posting a bit of writing on Thursdays has become something that I’m enjoying for the moment. That doesn’t mean that it won’t change in the future.

I like keeping my blog on the eclectic side of life, mostly because it’s an expression of my inner artistic, creative self. Creativity =eclecticism (at least for me it does).

So for today’s thought I present to you a short poem. This poem feels like there may be more hidden within it, but for now, it is this:

My Heart Remains Untouched

by Joelle Wilson

May 2, 2011

The ghosts of the past

are gone,

but my love remains

with my heart untouched.

Enjoy your Thursday, it’s the only one you get this week. 😉