Did you remember to spring forward this weekend? The clocks jumped ahead with just one click of the hour button. My internal body clock didn’t adjust so easily.
When was the last time you tried to physically spring forward? It’s been a long time, huh? Let’s try it together right now. Don’t just sit there…get up from your chair.
- Stand with your feet shoulder width apart.
- Get into an athletic position.
- Swing your arms back and……
- Jump forward, landing on both feet.
Good, Lord! That took some effort! I didn’t get far. Maybe a foot and a half.
It also brought back a bad memory of a long-jump disaster back in high school gym class. I could jump a longer distance back then, but I wouldn’t exactly call myself graceful.
Springing forward in life takes more effort than clicking a button or launching your body off the ground. There have been a few times recently when I’ve felt stuck in place. I needed to spring forward…but didn’t have the motivation. This feeling of being stuck in place usually happened when I was either: (1) very unhappy and didn’t think I had the power to change it; or (2) felt content and feared making a wrong move and upsetting the apple cart.
What I learned was…
You have the power to change your life for the better…to spring forward…no matter how good or bad you think things are…even if you think life completely…SUCKS.
If you own this book and have favorite passages underlined…
…that’s okay. Sometimes I think my life sucks too. We all reach low points at one time or another. The key is to not stay there.
On a scale of 1-10 of happiness, I’m at about a 6.5 right now. I’m feeling stuck in place. At times like these, I need to conduct a little self-examination and make a positive change. If I can make just one, small change…then it tends to build momentum. Are you also feeling stuck? If you don’t give your life a 10+ on the happiness scale, then I invite you to join me…to self-reflect…to identify one small, realistic change that you can do to make your life (or someone else’s) a little better and suck a little less.
Don’t set yourself up to fail. Pick something that you think is possible to achieve. If you can’t think of anything, then just keep doing long jumps until it comes to you. At some point, the pain will give way to a great idea.
I’ve been thinking about the following question for a long time, and could use your help to answer it.
What kinds of things do you think we can change about ourselves…and what can’t we?
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