Morning Muse: Change Your Mind, Change Your World.
Today’s morning muse:
Life is funny. One day you are on top of the world and the next you are laying in your bed, staring at the ceiling, and want nothing more than to just close the curtains and shut out the world. I guess that’s not funny per se—but it’s thought provoking.
I was in Door County this past weekend with my boyfriend, a nice little getaway that we both wished could have lasted more than a couple days. On the way home we were playing the questions game. So we looked up questions online (aka Googling “questions to ask your significant other“). Many were cheesy and things we already knew about each other. So he instructed me to ask him another question, and instead of going off of the list, I locked the screen on his phone. These questions were okay, but were either repetitive or very surface level, I wanted to dig deeper. Something that would benefit both of us as individuals and make us really think. So I asked, “What do you want out of the 2016? What do you want to accomplish and become this next year?”
We both answered—and our answers were deep. They were filled with goals and growth—some small and some pretty daunting. One of my goals was that I wanted to spend more time enjoying all of the moments in my life (pretty hefty goal, eh).
I’ve never been one to get overly excited about things. At least not on the outside. You know how some people are always so giddy and over-the-top—I envy those people. They usually get pumped up over the littlest things and are generally pretty happy people. I’m a lot more even keel than that, sadly.
Anyway, I know and except this about myself. I will never be the cheerleader, rah-rah-type. It’s just not who I am. But I do have a lot of passion and things do excite me—even if I don’t show it. But being so independent, I internalize my excitement and I think a lot. So I want to be able to take all of these things and use them to my advantage—find my own happiness within my own means.
This means that I need to shift the way I see every day things. I need to take moments for myself. I need to indulge in experiences and opportunities that will help me become the person I want to be. I need to look at every person I meet, every book I read, every photo I take, every word I write, and every situation as a blessing and building block—even if I’m not a giddy school girl every single moment of it. (She said with a smile.)
I once read that there is no true reality. We all have our own versions of it and it’s how we see everything and how we decide to look at the world. One person can see an ocean and think, “How terrifying. We have no idea whats in there, it’s polluted, there are sharks that could rip me from limb-to-limb, I am not stepping foot in it. Absolutely not.” While others can look at the water and think, “Wow. This is living.” And it be as simple as that.
So I’m challenging myself, and others, to change their versions of reality—even if it’s a minor shift. The mind is the most powerful thing we have at our disposal. We can use it as a destructive tool, or we can use as a mechanism for building and growth.
Change your mind, change your world.