NaBloPoMo, Snails, & Appreciating Illness

Today I’m beginning my November month of blogging everyday as part of the NaBloPoMo’s challenge. I’ve done this before. Last year, I wrote on 2 blogs everyday during the month of November.  But this year I’ve decided that it was not in my self-interest to over-commit myself, so I chose this blog. After all, this blog is the “youngest” of my blogs and doesn’t get a lot of love from me often. Yet the topic is so important: appreciation is one of the most loving things you can do for yourself and others. So in a way, this is an act of self-love on my part: I’m not over-extending myself with a 2 blog commitment like last year and I’m giving this blog some extra tender care, which means more TLC for me. (Yes, what goes around, comes around.)

To start my 30 day “blogging for blogging’s sake” challenge, I decided to appreciate illness. I imagine many may be shaking their heads about that as an appreciation topic today. Why would anyone want to appreciate illness? As someone who understands the law of attraction and as a deliberate creator, I know the opportunity that “contrast” brings for better things. “Being sick” is a contrast I don’t intend for myself, but I recently experienced it and I’m grateful. Let me explain.

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I had a cold for about 10 days and stayed home for only one day in that first week (but ended up working all day), only to find myself out a couple of days the next week (plus a visit to the doctor) because I had a re-lapse. It was nothing serious, but it certainly did drain my energy. Having no energy and sleeping most of the days really was a wake-up call that I needed to slow down and get more rest!

So I was reminded of a snail, who by human standards doesn’t appear to move very quickly, often pausing for long periods of time before inching onward to a new leaf. Being sick is a reminder to be like a snail in that respect: slow down, take my time, pause, rest, then slowly move on again. My sickness and probably what created it (lack of self-care, over-working, little sleep, etc.) really emphasized how much I want to be well. It also served as a reminder to take better care of myself: by loving myself enough to say “no” to the increased demands in my professional life, by taking time for “me” everyday, by getting enough rest and making room for plenty of fun in my days as well.

So even though I hated being sick, I can sit back and appreciate the illness as it made me more aware to be present with myself each day: to take time for self-care and love.  In doing so, I can detach myself from the illness: see it as a catalyst for personal growth and change and appreciate it for creating wonderful wellness and healing that leads to more good things down the road.

Life is full of contrast and if you can recognize  the beauty of the contrast you’re in by finding an appreciation for it, it will open up wonderful, new opportunities and experiences later on. So while I probably won’t slow down as much as a snail, I can pause and be present in a spirit of appreciation and love, which creates excitement for what’s to come. I can’t wait to see what’s next!

Until tomorrow,

Barbara

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“It’s A Done Deal”

Today I had the pleasure of experiencing the power of visualization, affirmations and positive energy in manifesting a desire.  A friend had an issue that looked impossible to solve in the timely way that she needed it to be done (today).  All week her emotions went up and down about how the outcome of this issue would look by today’s end.  As of last night, she figured that there was no way that her issue would be resolved and she had literally lost hope. Yesterday, I assured her that she still had tomorrow and there was still time for a positive outcome to her situation.

So last night I held her intention in a positive light, visualized the actual positive outcome I saw taking place today and asked some fellow friends at GoodVibeUniversity to hold the same intentions for her as well.

At the end of today’s workday, my friend received good news about her issue, so it was a “done deal.”  So while it  “appeared” as a miracle to her, it really was the power of a group of people who already envisioned the outcome as a “done deal” and then let it go. The same happens when people pray together for someone and trust that God will deliver.

I’m so grateful for techniques like these and for friends at GoodVibeUniversity who help people with their “miracles” everyday. So next time you get in the vicinity of “hope,” try reaching for “believing,” and soon you’ll be saying “It’s a done deal” because you “know.”