Posted by Dr. Judy at 6:15 am
Do you ever get discombobulated in life, too?
I wrote this blog while I was in Puerto Vallarta, but somewhere along the way,
it got lost in the shuffle. Hope you enjoy a look back to my last balmy days in paradise.
Did you ever have one of those nights?
I woke up at 1:30 a.m. thinking it was time for my first coaching client at 6 a.m.
Wide awake, my mind raced with a litany of things I needed and wanted to get
done. Nothing new there, but at that hour of the a.m., forget-about-it! I wrote
down things my unconscious brain was reminding me to do today. I thought,
“Write them down and go back to bed.” I stopped to reframe my chagrin after I
realized I was so wide awake, I might as well stay up and DO the things my brain
was singing out to me.
Instead of playing tricks on me, I reminded myself my cherished brain was helping me get my ducks lined up for the day. I was grateful I am alive and well. My thoughtful gray and white matter, even if it was working overtime, was getting me loaded for the day. Like a field marshal, it dictated organizational orders: Cancel your USA dental appointment as you just had your teeth cleaned here. Call your doctor in the USA to get an appointment. Get emergency el. #’s for the hospitals and ambulance services here. My terrifically generous next door neighbor, Mike, married to stunning Kim, who you see in this photo, is getting the #’s for me. Also, order a few glass gifts for folks at home, organize photos, and ditch post-it notes.
What more? Email my book promotion coach for formal book launch 6 June ~ Be watching! Do a blog (that’s what this is!). Send Mom photos of the lovely 5 hours of in Flow bliss I had yesterday painting pottery with Kim and sweet friend, Nancy, you see here. Clean out purse. Review clients charts. Light jasmine candle to make the morning sweet. Thank Ken for the gorgeous bouquet of flowers he ordered for me, call Cheryl, my best childhood friend, add my name to Dr. Heidi Grant Halvorson’s blog list (she is the brilliant motivation researcher who teaches my new Mentor Coach class). Email Sarah, my wonderful garden helper in the USA, and ask her to put Preen (weed repellent) down early as the WI winter is long gone and the weeds are attacking my flower beds. Kind friends have sent me pictures of my yard and I am forever grateful to you, Scott, Peggy, and Cheri!
OK, I could go on and on. Does your brain work solving your problems or helping you run your life on all cylinders? If so, hug yourself and be grateful you still have all the cards in your deck. You are still in the game.
I wanted to share this photo with you, because you can see and feel how happy we are. In the flow. Grateful to be together in art friendship. Creating and belonging. Two human needs and great joys, too. And I can’t forget the concept of challenge. I am competitive with myself, not others. I wanted to a good job making a gift for Mom, but I was taking a risk. I’ve done nothing like this since high school. But that is the best part of life. Moving forward…
Are you still climbing out on that limb and stretching your strengths?
Who cares if you fail? That is how you win! Keep on pluggin’ away!
An interesting story. While we were painting, a lovely young lady came in to pick up an absolutely stunning large bowl, just remarkable, festooned in red, white and blue. She is a regular at the pottery studio. Alas, she was disappointed. Why? Because she was focused on what she thought was wrong about her piece. Remember what you focus on grows. She was more and more distraught, until we all reminded her of its overall beauty. We were glad to see her shift to looking at her bowl as beautiful. She transitioned from whiner to winner, just by choosing to see what was right about her creation.
Are you a gratitude junkie, too?
Do you remind yourself of what is going RIGHT in your life as well as wrong?
Here’s a short list of the good stuff I thought about this a.m.:
~ I have great friends here and home who share my life.
~ I get to email and talk to Mom every day.
~ Whole family is well.
~ Ken is a great husband.
~ I am surrounded by beauty, eat amazing food, and see happy people everyday.
~ I love being a coach.
~ I adore my myriad of gifted and talented coaches and friends.
We learn by sharing and caring.
So what will you pause and feel grateful for today?
I know you are dying to ask me what I painted at the “Fire Works Potter” studio.
Yes, I know you are the curious type. Sorry, but you are just gon’na have to fire
up your patience strength, no pottery glaze necessary. Hint. It’s for Mom.
I pray my 5 hours of painting pottery paid off and created pleasing dividends.
But you know what? It already did. I was in heaven when I was there. I felt lucky
and blessed. Even if the colors run and it looks a mess, Mom will tell me, “I could
care less. There is love in what you made me, and I am grateful for it!”
Mom used her own positive reminiscing yesterday when we talked about how I
spent my day. She mused, “You know I used to paint…” We discussed her terrific
talent, her art lessons, and her wonderful bygone memories. Thank God her brain
is still so pliable and running full steam ahead. Mom is optimism personified.
You know the best thing in my whole life? My Mom! I couldn’t blog about
gratitude without the image of her lovely, appreciative face overtaking my
What other strengths will you paint into your life today?
Is that you I see running to get chartreuse, turquoise, and hot pink?
Flash me an email and let me know what you created today, pretty please.
What strengths did you don? What motivational muscles did you stretch?
Immerse yourself in the colorful, artistic work of the Cuban people
and gratitude that they express for the simple pleasures of their lives
found in Photo Adventures in Cuba ~ Unlock Your Power of Positivity!
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