Given the complexities of the current systemic challenges we face, a sustainable fix for health care reform isn’t seeming likely anytime soon.
And partly because of this, and because in many ways it feels as though we are increasingly facing complicated, seemingly insurmountable crises and challenges these days, people often find themselves abandoning what matters most and escaping in to what doesn’t.
âItâs not that Iâm so smart, itâs just that I stay with problems longer.â
— Albert Einstein
Sometimes the day to day drudgery of putting one foot in front of the other, and working hard in the direction of our dreams can seem both exhausting and unrewarding and ultimately, unachievable. But that is really one of the core issues with real health care reform. We need to take the long view to achieve real transformational health care reform.
âThe very least you can do in your life is to figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope.â
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Healing, like so much in life, is a non-linear process. Often that is because of the complexity of the healing process, but it can also be due to the simple fact that very little is only forward-moving! Below is an excerpt (paraphrased) from pages 12 & 13 from The Power of Procovery in Healing related to “backsliding.”
Signs of “healing” are not always recognized as such, unfortunately. The “system” often does not recognize, support or sustain healing. Sometimes when people are working hard to heal, the “system” sees their actions as “trying to kick their illness under the rug”, denial or delusions of grandeur. All along the way, healthy, positive actions can be seen as all kinds of things other than healing. But this is where listening to your heart, getting in touch with what YOU think and feel, talking with others who you trust will be honest with you, who see your potential and whose opinion you value, can pay off.
âGive fools their gold, and knaves their power; let fortune’s bubbles rise and fall; who sows a field, or trains a flower, or plants a tree, is more than all.â
–John Greenleaf Whittier
So many of us find, or make sure we take, the time to do things for others, but we so often neglect ourselves. We “say” things to ourselves we would never say to others. We push ourselves in ways we wouldn’t push others and we take ourselves for granted.
But you have the power to STOP right now and begin to do things differently. Even just five minutes a day can get the ball rolling!
What will you do to celebrate the wonder of you this weekend?
What do you do to positively impact your feelings?
Sometimes feelings have a bad reputation, like change. People sometimes feel a victim of their feelings and view them as they do the weather. They come, they go, sometimes they are bright, sometimes not. But feelings can be powerful fuel!
You can actively create feelings rather than only responding to them! The Procovery Noteâ¢ below, from page 158 of The Power of Procovery in Healing, talks about this:
Create moods. Start your own running list of mood enhancers – specific books, movies, music, people, places, hobbies or specific actions, such as exercising, straightening up your place, wearing your favorite hat or scarf or helping someone else.
âWhat is changed by my feelings is not what is out there but what I think I and others may be able to do about them.â
What will you do today to create feelings rather than only respond to them?
Where do the light and energy go sometimes? On the hard days, during the difficult times?
The light and energy are still here. They are always here, but so is the darkness. Some days we are more in tune with energy and life and possibilities than other days and we have or find or make more time to view and appreciate what is right with the world. Other days we may be drowning in day to day responsibilities and realities and be in more of a gray or dark place.
Even if you don’t feel physically as though you can do something – maybe you can do something in your thoughts or in your dreams. Can you THINK of a time when things will be better and take a moment to visualize and feel and appreciate what that will feel like?
The secret is not to feel guilty that you are down or guilty that you are joyful. The secret is to understand where you are, and in what direction you want to move, and then do something – anything – to move in that direction.
“Change your thoughts and you change your world.” –Norman Vincent Peale
âHe who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how.â
– Friedrich Nietzsche
We are reminded with the above quote that once we can identify our why for the day, that hope can spring forth instantly… If we have a project weâre working on that is building momentum, or we know we may get to connect with a friend or maybe weâre halfway through a book weâre reading that is intriguing or inspiring to us… these things can unbound the energy within to get through all the things we MUST do, to get to the things we want to do with a hopeful attitude propelling us forward.
Allow hope to wash over you today… Letâs all take a moment to soak it in and allow for the feeling of hope to absorb and radiate. Today is a hopeful day. And today we can lay the foundation for a hopeful, productive and inspiring week–
âThe only recognizable feature of hope is action!â
âLaughter is the shortest distance between two people.â
Laughter makes us feel good. Laughter is contagious. Letâs let it in today… even for just a moment.
Dr. Bernie Siegel notes in Love, Medicine and Miracles, âThere are sound, scientific reasons why we call robust unrestrained laughter âhearty.â It produces complete, relaxed action of the diaphragm, exercising the lungs, increasing the bloodâs oxygen level, and gently toning the entire cardiovascular system. Norman Cousins termed it âinternal jogging,â and others have likened it to a deep massage.â
What makes you laugh? Maybe a partner, friend, co-worker, child or pet? Maybe a stand up comedy show or a favorite memory? If we focus on what makes us laugh we will do so more and more until it becomes a frequent occurrence that lifts our moods and increases our energy and well-being.
Hope is always present even if we are not currently aware of it, can’t seem to see it or even feel it. It doesnât need to be packaged in a particular way or even be constant, necessarily, for it to make an impact. It can be just a moment, a feeling of hope, and that feeling of hope can be brought forward into our lives to draw upon and use at our disposal. We can think of hope as money in the bank – store up on hope and use as necessary! When you are feeling down, do what you need to do to remind yourself that the “down” is just one of many feelings inside of you and that hope is also still inside of you. It is the same bright, beautiful world you felt it was the last time you were feeling hopeful.
âThe voyage of discovery lies not in finding new landscapes but in having new eyes.â