Acting On Your Impulses

2001 and 2002 were big years for me.  I’ll never forget when in early 2001 a good friend of mine told me he was feeling down about school, didn’t feel like he was going in the right direction in life and asked for a suggestion where he could study audio engineering.  I had audio myself at a small school in East Detroit.  In the time I was in school and audio engineering jobs I had I had heard about a school in Florida that was the best place in the country to study audio.  So I gave my friend some advice and he immediately booked a flight and scheduled a tour of the school.

I had made it known that my intention was to get my Associates Degree and then find a school to study film at.  Upon returning from Florida (I was living in Michigan where I grew up), my friend said, “This school is exactly what I’m looking for.  They have a film program, if I move there, would you be interested in moving with me?”  There was a feeling that came over me as if I had suddenly been handed a map that showed where I was supposed to go.  I immediately said yes without hardly thinking about it.

It took nearly a year.  We flew down to Orlando on September 1, 2001 and found a place to live and on January 7, 2002, we headed south to embark on a journey that changed the course of both of our lives.

To make a long story short, I now work for a sports network that is on in 74 countries world wide and my friend is a two time Emmy winner.

The point of my story is that him and I both made life changing decisions in mere seconds.  It took me less than five seconds to decide to change my life.  My friend walking in to his winter semester class and decided he couldn’t do this anymore.  It was all about what felt right to us.  He asked, I felt a feeling like a mental nudge and I jumped.

If there is something that doesn’t feel right in your life, make a change.  Ask yourself what the right direction would be.  When you think about what’s right, do you feel like life is giving you a little push in that direction?  If the answer is yes, maybe it’s time to act on it.

Be well. Be positive.

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Imagine A World Full Of People You Love

What if you lived in a world full of people you love?  Not just people you love in most places but every single person was someone you love.

I believe you can trick your mind in to believing anything you want it to.  Experiments have shown that your heart and mind will follow cues you give it physically.  This means that a smile can make you happy and that holding your hands up in the air in the right way can make you more confident.

So what if you spent a day, or a week, or maybe a month telling yourself that you love everyone you encounter throughout a given day?  Could this be enough to convince your mind that you do indeed love everyone as if they were a family member?  I theorize that this may indeed be a possibility.

My biggest question is how would this affect the way I live my life?  I can imagine I would be more understanding if someone cut me off in traffic.  It probably would make me feel more inclined to open doors for people.  This would most likely force a new perspective for me that could be life changing.

I’m going to give it a shot.  I’m going to start saying, in my head, “I love you’ to everyone I see whether they’re in a car or walking past me.  When or if I start seeing results, I’ll share them here with all of you lovely people.

Be well.  Be positive.

When Setbacks Move You Forward

I haven’t written in a couple of days. My goal was to write at least 300 words per day for the entire year but I had a bit of a set back…. or maybe not.

it all started Tuesday evening when I was at work. My wife texted me to let me know that her and a couple of friends were going to the local karaoke bar and to meet her there after work.  I get out of work at 10:30 pm and it takes me about a half hour to get there. By the time I got there the group had grown. Long story short after giving one of our intoxicated friends a ride home, I didn’t get to bed until 2 am.

The alarm went off on Wednesday morning at 7:20am and I got up to get my two youngest daughters off to school. By the time the bus came at 8 am I just knew there was no way my body was going to allow me to run.  I decided to go back to bed and get a little more sleep.  By the time I got up it was too late to write or run for that matter.

On my way out the door to go to work a thought came to me. If I pick up a bag of ice on the way home, I could run after work (Wednesday night), take an ice bath, which is an amazing way to recover from a workout, and be fresh enough to run again Friday morning. That would give me less than the 47.5 hours I had factored in to recover between runs but it should work.

Wednesday night I came home and ran, took my ice bath and then went to bed. By the way, a cold bath like that will make you sleep like a baby. Thursday morning I work up feeling great. Unfortunately, my youngest wasn’t feeling that great. She stayed home from school. I had to take my wife to her school to pick up her schedule and buy her books and when we got home, my daughter wanted to use the iPad. Since she wasn’t feeling good I decided to just let her enjoy it and therefore didn’t write yesterday either. All the more reason that I need a working laptop! All in good time.

Looking back, I still accomplished my big goal of running. I was able to turn a potentially bad mood and disappointment in to a positive. I learned a bit about myself because of it and therefore I feel like this “setback” moved me forward.

Today is Friday. So how did my run go? I had a fantastic run. It was cool, around 70 degrees, there is a light fog which, I think is pretty with Florida’s swampy personality. I feel great, I feel accomplished and I feel positive. This experience helps me to see that you can turn any situation in to a positive situation. Simply because it doesn’t happen the way I had envisioned it would doesn’t mean it won’t happen. Like Alan Watts said, you have to let life go and run it’s course. You can’t force it.

It is now time for a nice cold shower and then on with my day. I now have it in mind to turn every “negative” situation in to a positive one because that’s what it is meant to be.