Sunrise Over Barcelona by papalars
The great thing about life is that when you make mistakes and mess up, there is always another chance, a new day coming. Your past is just that – your past. What you do today is what decides your future. When you change your actions, your words or your beliefs you have a chance to start fresh.
When life gets you down you can choose how you heal. Whether you smile and laugh through your pain, or choose to hide from the world. Embrace it all! I have done both, lots of times. Some days it is better for me to look for inspiration from other blogs, books, my gratitude journal or my pets. I can find power in the struggles of others, or peace as I review my daily blessings.
Other times I just pull the covers up and lay in bed. I do nothing but read or watch a little TV and I don’t talk to anyone or go near the computer. The beauty is that we can choose what works for us. If you find relief and joy in being totally alone and quiet for a day or two – then do it. Don’t be afraid to admit you need some quiet alone time, anymore than you would worry about getting together with friends for a movie and dinner.
Today for instance I laughed until my stomach hurt just by playing ball with my dog. My husband and I got one of those super bouncy-balls and tossed it back and forth. My dog is a nut about any balls, and as we bounced it in front of her she jumped and twisted around like a rabbit on steroids. Finally when one of us lost concentration she would quickly jump on it in triumph. We all got a workout from it, and it was great therapy.
I’ve known many people who watch movie marathons of their favorite Star Wars or Lord of the Rings sagas, or have a comedy marathon to help break through writer’s block, depression, or just to fight a bout of boredom. Sometimes reading greeting cards in the local Hallmark store can bring great clarity to a problem. Whatever works for you.
Playing at the park, sliding on the slide or swinging on the swings, can help you feel playful and silly. Being goofy and having fun often helps gives insight to problems – even financial ones. Just taking your mind off of things for a while helps you mull it over on the backburner of your mind. I used to have so many wonderful ideas while stuck in traffic on the drive to work, I finally started taking a notebook and pen with me.
What is your favorite way to breakthrough a problem or obstacle? How do you move past the part of your mind that is stuck on a particular dilemma? What’s the craziest technique you’ve tried? Please share your insights and ideas here.