The fifth day of 31 days of positive affirmations is quite a challenge for me as I'm at the extreme edges on many of these points. The affirmation goes like this:
I am social and I like meeting people. I live my life free of fear. I am adventurous and engage with the world. I am surrounded by people who love and support me, and I love and support myself.
I would consider myself to be quite social, yet I'm always uncomfortable when meeting new people. Being free of fear isn't exactly where I'm at lately. While adventurous, engaging with the world in those adventures hasn't been my style as I am much more an observer. And while I do have people close to me who offer their love and support, I have never been much of my own fan, choosing instead to be very self-critical.
That's pretty depressing. I've got much work to do in these areas.
I am hopeful that some of the other affirmations will start opening me up to consider and implement positive change in these areas. I have taken time each day to consider these affirmations again and again. That does seem to be helping. This particular affirmation may just take longer to absorb and to incorporate into my daily life.
About the photograph: These seeds break out every year and connect with the world. I had one open up in my car once resulting in what felt like being in a crowded room full of cotton! That seemed pretty social to me.
31 days of positive affirmations continues. Today the topic is trust:
I open my heart to receive the highest power available to me. I trust I am being led to where I need to be. At the same time I choose to have trustworthy people in my life. I'm not afraid to set boundaries to protect myself.
There is a fine line between setting boundaries and leaving yourself exposed to trust the world around you. I think most of us do more about setting boundaries than we do about trusting the world. It is really easy to close down, hide, and let the world pass us by.
What struck me about today's affirmation was the idea that I am being led to where I need to be. Being that trusting of the world takes courage and a very open mind. It requires that we relax and let go of many of our assumptions and beliefs about the things that happen to us every day. If we can trust that things happen for a reason, reasons we may not see or understand in the moment, we can relax our boundaries and let the world show us the brighter path it offers. I will be trying to open myself to whatever that path has in mind for me.
The smallest action can make a difference. My life is important. I can change the world just by being here, right now.
Little things matter. Details matter. I've always found it easy to be a big-picture thinker but that sometimes comes at the expense of the details. All too often I miss the obvious details because I'm thinking beyond them to the larger situation. Ironically, this is a failing in my personal life, not at work where nothing seems to escape me (at least most of the time).
I'll be trying to slow things down and look at the details of my life. I'll make sure my thinking includes those details so that I can see the difference they make in my world and to those who are close to me. Perhaps that change will put me more into the moments of each day and help me to make a positive impact, one detail at a time.
A second day of positive affirmations. This one is all about taking risks:
Today I will ask my Higher Power to help me begin to take healthy risks. I will ask for assistance in letting go of my fear of failure . . . and success. I will ask for help in fully living my life so that I can start experiencing all the wonderful parts of my journey.
For me, the affirmation about taking risks got me thinking about the challenge of an ending relationship. If you've been following the blog, you are well aware of that situation. Facing that challenge has been daunting on more levels than I could ever express here. I've stalled and been unable to move toward either a future success or failure. It's been safe (without risk) to not act.
So I'll start taking some risks and set aside any thoughts regarding the outcome. I'll simply do it for the experience it provides.
My most dear friend Cathy has engaged me in a challenge: 31 days of photography to connect with positive affirmations. It will indeed be a challenge for me, but I'm going to give it a try. I'll be the first to admit that I could use positive affirmations through the holidays. And, the way life has been going lately, positive thinking could only help.
Her first day challenge said:
Today I will be open to the process of change. I will trust my Higher Power and believe that the place where I'll be dropped off is better than the place where I was picked up. I know that change is necessary to take me wherever I need to go.
My photograph, Ready To Navigate, is my expression of Cathy's description. My change is a willingness to navigate; shedding the things that have held me back and moving toward something else - something even better.