December 10


Today's quotation:

You will succeed best when you put the restless, anxious side of affairs out of mind, and allow the restful side to live in your thoughts.

Margaret Stowe

Today's Meditation:

I've learned that when I'm involved with sports in any sort of competition, I always perform best when I relax and don't worry about outcomes or final scores or how well I do.  When I coach, one of my most important goals is to get athletes to relax out on the field or on the court.  It's amazing how much more effective one can be when he or she is relaxed.

The restful side of ourselves is easily the most effective and most productive part of who we are.  When we come from a place of relaxation, the factors involved in our decisions don't seem as drastic to us, and we're able to make better decisions that are the result of more contemplation and insight.

Of course, there always will be those times when being relaxed and restful is inappropriate.  Sometimes tension is one of our best motivators, and it does have its place in our lives.  But its rightful place should be very small and come very rarely, only in extreme circumstances.  If we wish to succeed in ways that are good for us in the long term, in ways that will help us to live life fully, we must approach our decisions from the restful side of ourselves.  This is also the only truly fair and helpful way to help others.

Can you put the restless and anxious side of your affairs out of your mind?  If you can, then you're well on the way to improving the quality of your life in many important ways.

Questions to consider:

Why do the restless and anxious sides of our situations tend to dominate our thoughts?

How can we go about trying to let the restful side be the side that we most focus on?

How can we go about relaxing in tense situations?

For further thought:

No one can escape stress, but you can learn to cope with it.  Practice positive thinking. . . seize control in small ways.

Adele Scheele

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