Welcome back to Sunday Suckables and Silver Linings.
Just to refresh your memory each Sunday I’ll share one “Suckable” statement and one “Grateful” statement and then write five sentences about each one.
Studies show that when we pick one person or thing to be grateful for every day and write five specific sentences about it we become more elated, excited and improve our emotional health as opposed to remaining more tired, lethargic and sad if we only generalise about being grateful.
Need more info? Read what I wrote about it here and the inspiration behind it.
In life there is always duality – happiness and sadness, laughter and tears, positive and negative. Without one the other cannot be fully appreciated. From suffering comes either bitterness to constrict the soul, or love and compassion to bring about its expansion toward serenity.
Hence my inclusion of the “Suckable” statement. Because… duality and all that jazz!
Oh, and I am so over the buzz word grateful that I will be using the statement “I am appreciative for” instead of “I am grateful for”.
Ready to go?
I’d love for you to join in via the comment section below or over on your own blog! Let me know in the comments and I’ll come visit.
A little background for today’s suckable – My inner critic is called Mr Les Muppet and is a queer looking mutant character who sits on one of those old club lounges inside my head with an old fashioned 70’s coffee table in front him housing half eaten packets of chips and empty cans of coke, overflowing ashtrays, a TV remote and scattered shaggy TV Week magazines.
You can check him out here.
It sucks how much air time I’ve been giving my inner critic these last few weeks because…
1. His heckling is so darn effective and has me hooking into the belief that I am not good enough… grrrr.
2. He is really really good at getting me to compare myself to others.
3. He can make me feel so useless with his constant put downs when I attempt to be creative.
4. By listening to him he gets louder and stronger and then I’m defeated to the point where I don’t attempt things.
5. All that chip spitting, coke dribbling, smelly ash crap mess he leaves lying around in my head makes me act really cranky because it’s very irritating and takes a lot of effort to clean up before I can experience clarity and move forward again and smell the scent of roses.
I am appreciative for – my determination today because…
1. I have control of the volume switch today and Mr Les Muppet’s lips are doing a lot of flapping but I can’t hear nuffin!
2. I am standing firm and solid on my own two feet, turning my back on his animated pleas to be heard as I flip him the bird.
3. My determination has me embracing and listening to more gentle story lines about myself.
4. My determination is powered by intention to make space for me to be kind to myself.
5. My determination had me write “I am good enough” on a hundred pieces of paper and then fold them into little paper airplanes that are now swooping and dive bombing Mr Les Muppet’s head as he ducks for cover. (Well… um… he is my imaginative creature who lives in my head so the only way to fight an imaginative creature is with the imagination that created him… makes sense… ahem… right?)
And remember… there are no judgements here just safe validation.
Happy Sunday Xx