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Saturday, September 28, 2013

I am thankful for two nights of uninterrupted sleep. When waking my immediate thoughts are anxious and unhappy. So i thought came to me, since my mood is controlled by whatever thought is going through my head, how about choosing a uplifting thought as in, i could have a great day today, wonderful things could happen.

Changing my thoughts from abysmal to joy is a hourly battle
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FITMARY 9/29/2013 8:24AM

    Great idea!! And I'm happy you got some rest!
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STEVEN2GO2 9/29/2013 12:42AM

    Congrats on sleeping through the nights. I sometime am down when I wake to. I find something to do that I enjoy and almost al the time I feel better! Good luck with sleep tonight and a positve morning.

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ANGORA4 9/28/2013 1:35PM

    It is hard, especially at first. Remember to feed your body uplifting things, it makes it easier. Put on music you love, even if it has to be softly. Find an uplifting book, maybe the Chicken Soup series, with a 5 minute read, or a calendar with a silly joke for the day. As you do things that lift you up, you don't have to work so hard at a more joyful mood.

Remember, joy and happiness are NOT the same. Happiness is dependent on circumstances. Joy springs from wells of the inner man, despite sometimes rotten circumstances. Joy does not deny pain, but it recognizes beauty hidden by the pain.

You can be in a wheelchair, and still appreciate a beautiful sunset. You can have a broken arm, and still be thankful that you can breathe, that your legs work. It's a skill, and like all skills, takes time and practice. But the payoff is big, definitely worthwhile.

This is not 'working up' a good mood. This is allowing your mind's eye to appreciate things that have gone unnoticed. We focus on the bad things around us, because we notice them. Once we train ourselves to look for the many more good things surrounding us, it becomes easier to focus on them.

For many, meditation and prayer with the Creator is the source of inspiration and strength to get through the difficult days. We rely on seeing things through his eyes, through a different perspective. It's wonderful to know there are everlasting arms waiting to hold you when all seems adrift.

Think of it this way, a mother comes in, and sees her son all muddy. She's only sees more work--scrubbing the floor, cleaning his shoes, more laundry, a dirty bathroom, more towels. . .it's a downer.

Same scenario. Only this time, the boy has been missing for two days. The searchers found him stuck in an old drainpipe, and have spent the last ten hours trying to extract him. The boy is still muddy. But the mother is kissing and hugging him wildly in great joy, because she isn't seeing the mud. She's seeing the miracle that he is alive. Same boy, same mud, different perspective.

Hang in there. Like changing to a healthy physical lifestyle, this takes time, and practice. Don't give up., you're doing great.

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