All The World Is A Stage

Imagine that you are an actor on stage in front of an audience. You reach for a prop that is key to the script and it’s not there.

To keep the audience from knowing that a mistake has been made, you ad-lib a line that lets the backstage crew know what is amiss. Instantly, they jump into action to find a creative way to get that object seamlessly to you. Perhaps the next performer to come onstage will ad-lib a reason for carrying it on, or a new character will appear delivering the item.

You don’t know how that item will get on stage, but you know that the crew is bringing it to you as quickly as possible. In the meantime, it’s your job to keep the story going and work with what you have until it gets there. You also have to be ready to respond to the new situation so that the scene makes sense and the audience remains oblivious to the change in the story.

This is a little like life. Imagine that we are all actors on a stage in front of an audience. Only we have no time between sets or performances to reset the stage and put the necessary props in place. The Universal Stagehands are ready and able to bring us everything we need to keep the performance going, but they must stay out of sight.

Sometimes what we ask for doesn’t make sense for the storyline of the play, or will take some creative means to appear in a way that seems natural and seamless to the audience. It’s our job to ask for it and know that it is coming. In the meantime, we have to work with what we have until the requested item, person, or situation gets there. And until it does, we have to be ready to respond to the new and creative scenes that are developing in the storyline to bring us what we have asked for.

What messes so many Life Actors up is that they don’t believe the Universal Stagehands are on it and are doing their best to bring them what they need. Instead, they stand in the middle of the performance and demand that thing. They tell the audience they can’t move forward without that thing. They draw the audience’s attention to the thing that is missing. They wheel about on the stage complaining about the Stagehands, all the while missing each of their attempts to get the requested thing onstage unseen.

In this situation, no matter what the Stagehands try to do to get the Life Actor’s attention, they are ignored and the play continues to drag on in that spot making the Life Actor feel terrible. It’s often not until the Life Actor gives up and gets on with the business of continuing the play that the Stagehands are able to slip in unseen to deliver the requested item, and by then the Life Actor may have decided they don’t’ want it anymore, or may feel betrayed that it showed up too late.

Stop asking for what you want to appear instantly. It’s a process! The Universal Stagehands are on it! They are brilliant at what they do and if you just continue to play along with the storyline and jump on every opportunity they give you, everything you want will appear seamlessly in your life production. When you and the Universal Stagehands are working in concert, the audience will never know you didn’t have what you needed to begin with. It will look like it was part of the story and meant to be all along.

You are closer to achieving your goals than you can possibly imagine. But you must stop fighting your life production and the story that is unfolding. Relax. Begin to work with the situation instead of against it. Continue to do all the things that you can to give the Universal Stagehands a creative way to bring you what you want. Trust that they are exceptional at their jobs, and know that what you want is coming.

Together we can do it!

 

 

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Believe It’s Possible!

Do you believe that optimal wellness is achievable?

How likely are you to achieve something if you don’t even believe it’s possible?

In order to achieve it, you have to be open to the idea that optimal wellness can absolutely be your natural state of being.

What does optimal wellness mean to you?

To me, optimal wellness is feeling good—mind, body, and spirit. It’s being at the right body weight for me. It’s moving with ease and flow, and being fit, strong, and lean. It’s allowing every cell in my body to thrive, and having a super-charged immune system and metabolism. It’s having every system in my body functioning properly. It’s nurturing my body’s own wellness abilities. It’s treating myself—and others—with love and respect. It’s experiencing chronic feelings of appreciation, eagerness, and joy. It’s a lasting state of wellbeing, and a confidence in who I am and what I am capable of.

Am I always in that state of optimal wellness? No. My wellness journey will never be “done.” I will never be able to slap my hands together and proclaim that I am there. Now I can sit back and relax. It is always my goal, and where I want to be. It is my aim.

When I am in that place, it feels amazing. It makes me want to be in that state of being more and more. That feeling makes taking care of me my highest priority, because when I am in that state I’m a better wife, friend, and daughter. I’m the best possible version of me.

How important is eating healthy foods and moving your body towards achieving optimal wellness? To me, it’s pretty darn important.

Consistent exercise can:

  • Double survival rates of breast cancer patients, and can significantly reduce the chance of developing breast cancer in the first place.
  • Strengthen the body’s immune system.
  • Help relieve the symptoms of depression and anxiety.
  • Boost blood flow to the brain, which increases the energy of brain waves that are responsible for quick thinking, focus, creativity, and problem solving.
  • Prevent and treat osteoporosis.
  • Help manage diabetes.
  • Reduce the risk of addiction and relapse.
  • Slow premature aging of the skin.
  • Promote healthier digestion.
  • Reduce aches and pains.
  • Contribute to optimism and a positive mindset.

Study after study shows that exercise plays an important role in promoting sound mental health and emotional wellbeing. If the effects of exercise could be put in a pill, everyone would be taking it.

And what you eat is just as important. When you eat nutrient rich foods, your:

  • Mind becomes more alive, and you’re happier
  • Immune system is stronger
  • Body feels younger and healthier

No matter what your goal is, if you’re trying to create the life of their dreams, exercise and eating healthy foods might need to be a part of it. And if they’re not, why not?

Each moment describes who you are and gives you the opportunity to decide if that’s who you want to be. I encourage you to include optimal wellness in your vision, and to decide to take the actions that move you towards being that best possible version of you.

Together we can do it!

Enjoy the Climb

When we’re finally ready to make the changes to lose weight, find our passion in life, improve our relationships, or just feel better mind, body and spirit, we often want the end result right now.

While that impatience is perfectly normal—and understandable when you have been in a painful emotional situation for a long time—it also may not be achievable.

Imagine standing at the foot of a very tall ladder. How likely is it that you are going to be able to jump up and grab hold of that top rung? You may feel the temporary relief of being airborne, but you keep painfully crashing back down. Each jump gets harder and harder, and you feel more and more fatigued and discouraged. You might even give up.

But what happens if you just take a small step and climb that first rung. It may not be your end result, but even that little bit of progress feels like relief. And then you take another step up, and another. Soon, taking those small steps starts to feel easier and when you turn and look down you realize just how much progress you’ve made. Your momentum increases and it’s not long before, one step at a time, you reach the top and achieve your goal.

Your thoughts, feelings, and beliefs didn’t get you where you are overnight, and it takes time, energy, and consistent practice to shift them towards creating the life of your dreams. But your goal is achievable if you just make the climb one rung at a time.

Together we can do it!