March 28, 2010

Affirmations Make Your Day



Affirmations can help us live the lives we see for ourselves. Some think that affirmations are simply "magical thinking", and indicate childish expectations. However, if we can not visualize something we cannot create it. Affirmations, creative visualization, and positive thinking help us mold our lives out of the primordial clay of the universe.

I found the following affirmations by Steve Goodier at allthingsfrugal. They look like effective ways to maximize our quest to live simply and sustainably. All our work will be for naught if it drives us crazy in the process. We need little reminders to help keep us balanced and on track.

Now, Steve's affirmations:

  • Today I will live through the next 24 hours and not try to tackle all life's problems at once.
  • Today I will improve myself - my body, my mind, my spirit.
  • Today I will refuse to spend time worrying about what might happen if...
  • Today I will not imagine what I would do if things were different. They are not different. I will do my best with what material I have.
  • Today I will find the grace to let go of resentment of others and self-condemnation over past mistakes.
  • Today I will not try to change, or improve, anybody but me.
  • Today I will act toward others as though this will be my last day on earth.
  • Today I will be unafraid. I will enjoy what is beautiful, and I will believe that as I give to the world, the world will give to me.

Whether these are the best of times or the worst of times, these are the only times we've got. Live each day fully and you will look back on a life that made a difference.

These affirmations definitely apply to those of us that are attempting to lead an alternative lifestyle, especially one that runs counter to prevailing cultural expectations. In today's fast-paced technological world where what you consume defines you, not participating is seen as the ultimate act of rebellion. Simple living is met with fierce resistance from the delusional and self-interested.

If we stay strong and balanced awareness trickles in and transforms us. Affirmations can help us along in this life long pursuit, and will ensure that we do not allow the tall nail to be hammered down.

Today we will trust that we can be unafraid, and create the lives we wish to live.

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