Thursday, July 19, 2012

Itchy Brains and Glowing Butts.

Somethin's itching a part of my brain the last few days.

I'm finally scratching it.

Source: via Cindy on Pinterest

See, I tend toward the negative. 
 Which is to say, the path of least resistance....and it's a path well-traveled by many, so it's easy to find company, which expands the negativity bubble.

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But that itchy itch has really flared up lately, and I've been desperately scratching it, to bring some relief.

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And I'm getting closer to banishing the cause of the itch. 
 Which is to say, the reason the itch exists....and how to recognize more speedily where a better path lies.

That itch is the awareness that I'm kinda over witty, bitter gossip. 
Being a bitch.

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My heart, mind and spirit don't like it anymore. 
Worn out phrases that used to make me snicker, well -placed sarcastic comments and judgments that used to drizzle off my tongue remind me of trying to pull up a wet bathing suit.
 Friction and awkward displacement of body parts.
 It takes a lot of effort to fit them back on myself without doing some major shifting.

So I'm scratching that awareness itch by intentionally focusing on the positive.
Spreading  goodness and love and all things nifty and sweet.

Because I *do* have the power to make changes in my life. 
 To forgive myself, clean up my messes and start each day with new mercies from the Goodness that surrounds and indwells each of us....if we are AWARE enough of that Presence. 

 This week, I hope I won't feel the itch as much as I did last week. 
And next week maybe I won't even hardly notice it. 
Next month I might just transform into.....

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Are you noticing that itch?  
 Are you ready to make changes in your responses to life and people, instead of automatically engaging the tired, flippant thoughts and words that continue to push you along the well-worn, crowded path of negativity?  

Talk to me.
I want to hear about your journey.
Together our bums can light the way thru the darkness to the better path.


  1. This should go viral.

  2. I was just thinking about this the other day. I have made a conscious shift about a year ago in being more positive with myself and others. I have found that I am much more quick to jump to positive conclusions than I ever was before. I tend to cut people some slack and give them the benefit of the doubt. I like the person I am becoming. I like seeing the plausible explanations of other's actions. I like that I am more forgiving, more tolerant and much more happy.

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  4. Ooo... my kids would so benefit from this! Not to mention my loving husband! I'm in!

  5. Cindy Lou Who - you know I'm a bit of a pollyanna. It seems to come naturally to me - BUT I so have had to retrain my brain - and it's actually possible to do so - neuroplasticity. You CAN make new brain paths with your thoughts. xo

  6. I don't like your font colors.

    Ok... just needed to get one last one off my chest. Ah, now don't I feel better! (?) Nah. I gotta say, I have struggled with this, too. I mean the slope is... slippery... down... down... down... and I find the climb back up H A R D a n d S L O W. I've been trying to come up with some behavioral aid to assist me in my efforts to avoid slipping. Any ideas?

    Mark W.

    PS. Your font colors are nice. I was just kiddin' ;-)

  7. I'm with ya, Cindy. I have been trying to really focus on positive thoughts regarding the race I am training for and it has helped. I just need to translate that into the rest of my life. I often have to force myself to look at most things twice to see the positive. The negative almost always stands out to me first. But as a negative thinker, I can say one really positive thing about myself and about you and about others like us: we haven't given up yet so that means we still hold on to some sort of hope and belief that it really isn't all despair. Every day I wake up and I make one more positive move (even if it's the only one that day) I realize that I am continuing to put one foot in front of the other. So I'm with ya. My butt is trying it's best to glow!

  8. I know exactly how much you want to change. I decided on Jan. 1 of this year that I didn't like myself very much sometimes and what I didn't like was my sarcasm and snarky, negative comments. I've read that sarcasm is just plain old hostility and nastiness repackaged. So I said no more caustic remarks; no more assuming the worst. When I feel negativity brewing, I swallow it back down. Trying to make those new neural pathways! Every evening I review my successes and failures, not to beat myself up, but to congratulate myself for every success. I'm doing pretty well and feeling like a kinder, nicer person. Hasn't been easy, but wish I had made this a priority while my kids were young. Not proud that they knew what sarcasm was by the time they were 5 or 6. You can do this; life will be better.


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