The past few days have focused on the healing powers found in beauty and in giving and how even difficult emotions, such as fear, can act as connectors to other people. We closed the week with what it looks like to make a decision to move forward.
If you want to read the full holiday challenge, you may click here: http://liferecrafted.com/from-grief-to-grace/
Here is a brief recap of the past week:
Day 22: Acknowledge Fear
Everyone experiences fear and if acknowledged, it can help connect us with others through our shared vulnerability. It can also isolate us if it is disguised in anger, contempt or jealousy. It is possible to feel fear and still move ahead and experience great joy if we remain mindful of the space that we allow fear to occupy in our lives. Sometimes when a fear is realized, such as losing a partner, the fact that we haven’t been destroyed by this can embolden us to dream bigger.
Day 23: Notice Beauty
Beauty contains great healing powers. It leads to reduction of stress and realization of joy. It can be difficult to notice during challenging times when our thoughts may dwell on the unfairness of life. We need to intentionally look for it in order to see it. Beauty isn’t always found in a bucolic setting. I found incredible beauty in the cancer center where my dad receives radiation treatments. The beauty that is evident in the human spirit and people’s capacity for kindness is abundant (and under-reported.)
Day 24: Pay it Forward
Mark Twain said, “The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up.” There is great healing in the act of giving. Studies have shown humans find meaning through contributing to something bigger than themselves. Sometimes we may not appreciate the healing power contained in doing a very small act for someone else. In giving, you are connected and gain a sense of community. If you are struggling through a challenging time, consider a couple of very small things you could do for someone else –even if that person is a complete stranger. See the difference it makes to your spirit.
Day 25: Decide to own your future
Do you want to feel stuck in your sadness, anxiety, and despair or do you want to free yourself and wake up? You don’t have to waste years getting over the bad things that happen in your life. Making a decision to move ahead is a pivotal point; it doesn’t just happen. By deciding, you are embracing your power to make your own way, to reclaim your life. This is a huge confidence builder. In making a conscious decision, you are shifting your energy from “What am I going to do?” to “How am I going to do it?” Creation is energizing because it is positive and expansive.
The focus in the remaining few days of the holiday challenge is on the future. To set the intention, here is a great quote by Eleanor Roosevelt:
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”