positive energy

Start

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(with apologies to Jon Acuff – and if you have not read his book, what are you waiting for? Start – Punch Fear in the Face)

We all start somewhere. Usually, that starting means falling a few times. Failing, if you will. Think about walking. Talking. Riding a bike. Cutting a loaf of bread.

But if you don’t start, you can’t continue.

Sure, there are a lot of things that make us stop doing something. More times than not, it’s a well-meaning friend or relative who tells us we aren’t any good at it, so we ought to stop wasting time on it.

Imagine, though, if that same person found the spark in what we did. Instead of dismissing us, he or she helped us fine-tune. That’s not to say that every single thing we start needs to be continued – I do believe that there are things worth pursuing and things worth quietly laying aside for each one of us.

But as you go through your day today, instead of dashing someone’s hopes, try to find what WORKS. Be positive. Do this for yourself. For your spouse. Your friends, your kids. A random stranger in the grocery store. Make the post on Facebook an uplifting one, not a negative one.

Looking on the bright side is a small way to feel like a badass today. Go forth and START.

Voices

IMG_3911 It’s the classic "angel on one shoulder, devil on the other" scenario.

5:04 am. The ring tone I thought was amusing when I picked it out goes off. I successfully hit the snooze button. (incidentally, this is not easy to do when you’re not very awake.)

Angel: Get up! Ready for some Shaun T? Yay! Way to start your day.

Devil: Roll over. You’re so tired.

A: Rah Rah! Go!

D: You could work out at 6. What’s this 5 am thing all about?

A: You feel great when you stick to your routine. Get up!

D: You are going walking with a friend later. That counts, right?

A: It’s raining. Get in your workout now, and if you get to walk, it’s like a stretch.

D: You’re tired. How about doing the workout this afternoon?

A: You’re already awake, basically. Swing your legs over the bed and let’s get this thing on the road!

D: (interrupted, drowned out, by the sound of rustling covers and steps to the bathroom.) Foiled again.

A: Nanny nanny boo boo.

Sometimes just knowing which voice to listen to can make you feel like a badass.