Quote No.6 from Encourage Yourself Encourage Others by Anne Devine.
If you struggle with low confidence, low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, inferiority feelings or imposter syndrome which has been described as a feeling of being fake or believing you only achieved success because you were in the right place at the right time. You may also believe you are not as competent as other work colleagues, other mothers, other bloggers, or you may struggle to accept praise or to bask in the glory of your achievements. If any of these sound familiar to you then affirmations can help you to deal with and manage these challenges.
Talking about these challenges can help normalise them and help us realise that it’s ok to be human and to admit our struggles.
I’ve doubted my ability as an adult educator and I was able to overcome these doubts by reminding myself that “I am a competent and capable adult educator.”
Encouragement is a powerful tool! Encourage Yourself Encougage Others is a powerful tool kit.
What do you struggle with?
What affirmation do you use or might you use from now on?
Quote No.24 from Encourage Yourself Encourage Others by Anne Devine.
We are approximately two months into Covid19 Lockdown and the myriad of new challenges associated with it.
How do you “deal with what is,” what you are finding is your new, present day reality?
How do you avoid stressing about tomorrow or next week, the “what if?”
Please share any strategies that have helped you and anything you have learned as a result.
I’m learning to expand my Covid Coping Toolkit. A few things I’ve added include more meditation, more uplifting YouTube videos, replacing lost physical contact with online video chats via Zoom, more family time, phone calls, walks and more appreciation of bird song which is easier to hear now with less traffic where I live.
I’m also learning to stay grounded in the moment, just taking it one day or even one hour at a time. Sometimes there are challenging hours. Yesterday’s challenging hour taught me that there is a miracle waiting within each grievance, to teach us something if we are ready to listen.
Note to self..”I found the miracle! I became what Tolle calls the ‘watchful observer.’ I caught myself in the act. And it taught me to look at my reaction to the event, not the event itself. I realised that my reaction, which resulted in silence and resort to junk food during the grievance yesterday weren’t constructive choices. I’ve since spoken about it, pointed out how I felt. No blame, no bad feeling, no grievance! No pain! That is the miracle!
Quote No.27 from Encourage Yourself Encourage Others by Anne Devine.
Isn’t it amazing when you stop to think about it? There are thousands of blogs and bloggers here, yet no two bloggers are the same or have the same voice. Each voice speaks to me in it’s own unique way! Do you agree? I know I have come to recognise so many wonderful, insightful, warm and entertaining voices. I hope you see yourself in my list! Embrace your unique self!
And as for flaws! Couldn’t we write a book on flaws and what a creation that would be! We all have flaws. Learning to embrace our imperfection is the gateway to possibility…
Quote No. 40 from Encourage Yourself Encourage Others by Anne Devine.
‘Thank you,’ two simple words that are often not so simple to say. Sometimes we brush off a compliment rather than acknowledging it and saying thank you. Sometimes we have the best of intention but being busy or complacent, we neglect saying thank you for a kindness received. Remember “A simple thank you is all that is needed.”
Quote No.52 from Encourage Yourself Encourage Others by Anne Devine.
What have you done during Lockdown that’s been new to you?
I’ve taken part in a Zoom poetry club and a Zoom Cafe Adler. They were fun and they gave me the opportunity for some new learning. I enjoyed the sense of community and it helped replace the social interaction I’ve been missing! I’ve also been busy sharing and enjoying these positive quotes and the lovely interactions they are creating for me!
Please share something you’ve never done before, something new and different that you’ve been doing!
Mindfully Marie xx
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To all who struggle with this pandemic or any chronic illness, this is for you, just know you are never alone, you are in the best of company…
It crumbles like sand
Overcome by a wave
Stealing your inspiration
Or your power to investigate.
Physical tasks must be trimmed
Right down to the quick,
Mental tasks tease,
Like a shadows in the sun
Now you see me…
now I’m gone!
So quickly it fades,
From functioning… To falter,
What felt like a good day or good hour,
consumed and usurped,
Leaving you literally stranded in the midst of stuff!
It dehydrates your thoughts,
It punctures and deflates,
She has you caught
Laughs and knows she’s fine,
while she has you there,
Then leaves you short
Refusing to repay the debt.
So does it defeat you
Steal from you and
Rob you blind?
Or can you befriend it?
Mould and adjust it?
Even a little at a time?
Well, those are questions you pose
And repose, numerous times each day,
As you show up to a
Battle that could go either way!
And is there an answer
To this piece of arithmetic?
Is there is vacination
That can do the trick?
Well the answer is as fickle
As the ego, when it’s in full play
And it defies all logic
On any given day!
Sadly it’s more complex,
As it’s catching in your breath
And the answers
at best, are really hit and miss!
Some discovered and uncovered
Are a chumley mix of tricks
Pause… and take a moment, to simply catch your breath…
And with dire warning…
Never, ever, use the words…
“Rest,” my Da would say…
“Hold your horses, sweet Marie”
Now I recall his kindness
and cherish his request
I dismount & recoup
Heeding his bequest!
Then like a flame rekindling,
Though; not as quickly as it faded
With a streak of determination
You saddle up again…
A dawn of inspiration seeps in slowly, like the morning sun
And brings with it a power, to investigate anon and
With a steely determination
So worn and battle weary,
You acknowledge your, position or condition
And face the day quite cheery!
And with the wisdom of any moment, being yet again undone
You accept what you can
And leave the rest…
To all who struggle with this pandemic or any chronic illness, this is for you, just know you are not alone, we are in the best of company!
Quote No.67 from Encourage YourselfEncourageOthers by Anne Devine.
During this pandemic it is important to find and trust facts only from reliable sources. If negative thoughts arise, challenge your thoughts by asking yourself if they are true and just. Isolation and too much time to focus on negativity can throw things out of perspective very quickly. “Encourage yourself to see the positive in yourself and others too.”