March 20, 2014

Shift Happens

I’m reading (for the second time) a wonderful book called SHIFT HAPPENS by Robert Holden.

I LOVE THIS BOOK.  I love this book because it shares information about how to transform our lives by shifting our focus and attitudes.  I love this book because what Robert says mirrors what I’ve found to be true in my own life.  I love this book because when I put it down, I’ve had an attitude adjustment that lets me see what’s good all around me.  It also reminds me how the bad things might not be so bad after all since each of them contains a lesson that has the potential to be transformational.

I don’t know about you, but I find that reading to, listening to, and surrounding myself with good content and good attitudes is to put myself in the presence of something contagious.  Something I WANT to catch for a change.

I’ve come to understand that I am in charge of my happiness.  It’s up to me to put myself in spaces that nurture happiness and help it to grow.  Gone are the days when I believed that someone else could “make me happy.”   What a burden to place on someone else.

How do we get caught in the trap of believing that someone else can know what makes us happy?  How do we expect things to go according to plan when we are waiting for someone else to come up with the plan? 

There is nothing more freeing, in my opinion, than to take the steering wheel and drive our own lives.  Yes, it comes with risk.  Once we take the drivers seat, we give up the option of blaming other people when we go off course, run out of gas, or just plain don’t like where we end up.  It’s also exciting!  It means we can turn the key, put the car in drive and head a new direction whenever we’re ready.

Shift really can happen, and when it does, and we begin to turn our attitudes around, a whole new world is set before us.  One that holds promise and potential.


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