Monday, March 9, 2020

Let It Go

Fear, anxiety, things that take us out of our comfort zones.  For some people it’s easy to say let it go and move on.  Yet for most of us, safety comes first and that comfort zone feels good.  I’m the kind of person who knows that there is no “box”, no box of the status quo, and still my primitive mind says “stay safe and stay in the confines of my imaginary box”.  Well, I just conquered one of the invisible boxes!  

Being a new dog owner, I’ve relied upon my parenting skill set with our dog.  This has worked pretty well, yet, of course she’s a dog and can’t understand everything a human would like them to do.  However, she’s pretty darn smart and compassionate too.  Having been off the leash now for a couple of days, I just now felt enough courage to let my fear go, and take her outside without the leash on my own.  She performed very well with just me out there with her.  And after about twenty minutes, I received congratulatory praise for my courage.  

You may or may not understand how important this great feat is for me.  Small accomplishments like a baby taking their first steps, to a big step of me not using the leash outside.  There’s so much more comfort now. We should have an understanding that many comfort zones are most likely illusions wrapped in fear.  True tranquility is knowing that we can all take different levels of challenges out of our comfort zones, and make huge leaps forward. So have fun knowing there is no box.  Let go of the fear, and leap into those courageous comfort zones of achievement.

Thursday, March 5, 2020

A Balance of Nature

February came and went like a silent storm for me.  It’s been a mild winter, yet the weather put pressure on the usual winter of “not feeling good” when my head is all stuffed up and I need to focus on my child’s education.  Aside from the weather and not feeling well, I just didn’t have the energy or inspiration to write any thoughts for the Leap Year month.

With the coronavirus amping up, we have to understand that this is a mammal based virus that has been around for a while.  When outbreaks of sickness occur, I believe it is a type of natural disaster like the tornado that devastated Tennessee, hurricanes and earthquakes.  We might want to think about the idea that the balance of life may have tipped too far to one side, and nature is trying to compensate for this imbalance.  It’s never pleasant to accept that a human should perish in undesirable conditions, be it a car accident or a fall or a virus.  

We must not forget that we humans are apart of nature.  Now is a good time to appreciate life, to find the hints of good that come from the fears of the unknown.  We are amazing beings experiencing what life on this planet is like.  Living in fear is not living.  So, please try to experience life with love and hope and gratitude. 

Monday, January 27, 2020

Big Little Goals

Almost everyday, I write down a “To Do List”, and most of the time, those “To Do’s” get pushed back more than once, due to my lack of being clear of what it is I really need to accomplish.  I have big everyday goals that include helping to teach my kiddo their school lessons and making sure I have the ingredients I need to make dinner.  An additional “To Do” item has been very clear to me these past few months when we acquired a lovely puppy—she needs to go out and relieve herself and she needs a good walk at least once a day.  So my everyday, very clear goal is to make sure I take her outside and for a walk, which might be annoying, yet has the huge health benefit of fresh outside air and exercise.  

After reading an article by Steven Kotler, the Executive Director at the Flow Research Collective, he talks about goals that are big lifetime achievements and how to get to those results.  We need goals that are clear and give us the specific focus we need to accomplish them.  This makes allot of sense to me, because when I finally wrote the first draft of my current screenplay, that’s how I was able to write it within a month, by focusing and creating specific little clear goals of organizing my story, and then the words fell to the page easily.  

I did this again last week, which is why I missed writing my blog because I was very focused about specific little goals as my child was wrapping up their first semester lessons.  We took each lesson with clarity, and accomplished a lot in a small amount of time.  

My current challenge with personal goal setting, or small clear goals from Kotler, is that I put so much on my “To Do List”, that I always struggle to accomplish my smaller clear goals to help reach my big dream goal of producing my stories.  I still need to practice not wasting these precious moments of time on things that aren’t related to either my home, or my clear little and big goals.  Having goals is great, the challenge is focusing on how to attain them.  I’m going to challenge myself to get my dreams to come true, how about you?

Monday, January 6, 2020

Shift Your Life Now

Was 2019 a harsh year for you?  It was certainly challenging for me.  It started off with the U.S. government shutting down, chaos at the southern border, upheavals around the globe, the U.S. Executive Branch believing they can do no wrong, armageddon-like fires in southeast Australia.  Between nature made and man made disasters around the world, it’s time for the globe to shift for the positive.  It’s time for us to shift our lives now.

I’ve been struggling to shift my life for a while.  I’ve put a lot on “my plate” over the past few years, and I tend to put others in my life before myself.  I must be careful and acknowledge that my plans and goals are important too.  I’ve had big dreams for a long time, and if I don’t start acting upon them, then those dreams will fade.  I can’t let that happen.  I must act now.  I must shift my life now, and see my goals come to fruition. 

Shifting your life can be big or little steps.  Little steps may lead to longer and bigger goals.  As I plan for my long term goals to be fulfilled, I will require small deliberate steps.  I’m shifting my life to improve my writing on many levels of the craft, as well as education in wellness and entrepreneurship.  I’ve always desired my own business.  I had one for a while making specially handcrafted shoes.  It was a big shift I took to do that, and now I’m shifting again.  If I can’t help myself, I cannot truly help others.  It’s time to shift your life now, and may your 2020 be all the best it can be.

M. MacNeith

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Peace on Earth, Let it Begin with You

I’ve always loved the song, “Let There Be Peace on Earth”, as I remember it being sung mostly around Christmas time.  This song is simply beautiful.  Aside from its religious context, the message is one of grace and love, not just for a person or for a few people, put for all people, and especially oneself.  

The part of the song I like the most is at the beginning, where it states… “Let there be peace on Earth and let it begin with me.”  That’s the catch.  Peace among us conflicted humans has always been challenging, yet one person can Shift their thoughts in taking action to create peace, and produce a domino effect of which that peace can come in many forms, but in order to give it, one has to accept it for themselves.  It might certainly be challenging to contribute to peace if one does not first embrace peace within.

The song was written by Jill Jackson-Miller and Sy Miller in 1955.  Jackson-Miller who had gone through a great personal challenge, wrote the song “after discovering an understanding of life-saving joy, peace and unconditional love”.  The song was also created for the International Children’s Choir in Long Beach, CA, which continues to represent a variety of world nations (wikipedia).  

“Brothers all are we
Let me walk with my brother
In perfect harmony…

…Let there be peace on earth
And let it begin, with me.

M. MacNeith

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