Notes To My Younger Self:

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During your life adventure, there will be challenges, lots of challenges. Many for you personally and some obstacles that will involve others; in your tribe, your community, your nation, some, even with citizens of the globe. You might be tempted to complain about how the crisis effects and inconveniences you. In more fearful or frustrated moments you may want to cave into the desire to point fingers, assign blame, lash out. Know that these types of responses never work, because all taking inventory on others ever accomplishes is a drain on some of your most precious resources—your energy, your optimism and your unrelentingly hopeful and creative spirit. Believe, beyond a doubt, that when we work together, building each other up instead of breaking each other down, a synergy forms. A vitality making each of us exponentially stronger that can’t help but benefit the entire group. So if you find yourself standing on the edge, feeling the pull of a bottomless rabbit hole, take a breath, acknowledge your angst and instead of succumbing to the blame game, shift your thoughts by asking one question: “With all my skills, talents, and unique gifts, what can I do to help?”

By asking this simple question your mind will switch from feeling fearful and helpless—that is what’s behind the inclination to blame in my opinion—to optimistic, productive, action-focused and strategic thoughts. Only in this mindset will you be able to see your ability to contribute to solutions to seemingly insurmountable problems. Let go of taking inventory and ask yourself how can I help?

E.L. Chappel author of Spirit Dance/Storm Makers/Coming very soon: The Surge
“Clear eyes, full heart, can’t lose.” ~Steve Sawyer
aka The Glamorous Wife

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