Notes To My Younger Self:
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You will feel overwhelmed at times. Mostly when you’re anticipating what’s coming next. When you are planning, organizing, strategizing, trying to get in front of what you think is down the road, what’s on the horizon. Yes, of course, planning is good, necessary even, and being organized will make you better equipped when things pop up that you couldn’t have imagined. The litmus test, though, is when all that forward thinking sends your thoughts spinning—your heart thudding, your nerves firing—taking you out of the present moment. When you find yourself beginning to vibrate there is a sure-fire way to slow down the bullet train of motoring thoughts. Stop where you are and stare down at your feet. That’s right, at your feet. Once you are zeroed in on the tips of your shoes, take one step, then another, while remaining completely focused on your feet. You’ll only have to take a few strides before your mind will return to the present moment. Take a breath, look around and soak up your surroundings; what you are meant to experience, what you miss when you are caught in a of loop perpetual anticipating.
E.L. Chappel author of Spirit Dance/Storm Makers/Coming very soon: The Surge
“The shortest way to do many things is to do only one thing at a time.” Sidney Smiles
aka The Glamorous Wife