Monthly Archives: April 2014

Young Turks

I find it amazing how you can listen to a song numerous times and all of the sudden certain lyrics jump out at you.

This happened to me with the song Young Turks by Rod Stewart the other day. This song came out in 1981 and was huge in the states. For all these years when I sang along with the song, I just took in the story that the song is telling.

The story is about two kids, Billy and Patty who run away. Patty was only seventeen. The song follows their journey. They get a one-room apartment. Billy gets his ear pierced, which in 1981 was very scandalous. At the end of the song, Billy writes a letter to Patty’s parents kind of apologizing for running away. Oh and drops the bomb that Patty “gave birth to a 10 pound baby boy.” God bless, Patty. That had to hurt.

Anyway, as I sang along in my car the other day these words in the song just popped out at me –
life is a thief when you’re undecided. Wow how true is that. Bravo for those lyrics, Rod!

I hear over and over from people who say they don’t have time for their vision. Then I ask them to tell me their vision and usually they really don’t know. They are undecided and the fear of making the wrong decision makes them do nothing. That is when time does feel like a thief.

I felt stuck for many years because I just could not decide what the right thing was to do, but who really knows what is right and what is wrong. Those are just judgments. I had to be brave, decide to take some action and realize that if I didn’t like the action I choose, I’d just make another one.

I’ll leave you with the rest of the verse from Young Turks. Thank you again, Rod for your beautiful words:

We got just one shot of life, let’s take it while we’re still not afraid.
Because life is so brief and time is a thief when you’re undecided.
And like a fistful of sand, it can slip right through your hands.

Emotions Feed the SOUL

It feeds my soul when I see videos like this one making the rounds on Facebook and other social media sites.  This video is a commercial for Thai Life Insurance.  If you haven’t seen it yet.  Take minute and give it a go.

Emotions feed the soul, but I also believe that emotions are signals from the soul.  Emotions should be used as compass.  They give us so much information when we pay attention and process what they are trying to tell us.

To process an emotion, however, we need to take the time to experience it.  Good or bad, we need to feel it.  That’s why I harp on you to make the time to feed your soul.  Connect with the things in your life that bring you joy.  Make time for emotions.  Especially grief.  How we process our emotions is part of our soul lesson.

There was a time in my life whenI shut off a majority of my emotions.  I did happy and sad.  That was it.  It’s not easy just having two emotions.  I remember one time at work getting angry at a department head who would not implement a procedure I had written.  He had a doctorate in chemistry and told me he didn’t need me to tell him how to manage the hazardous waste he was generating in his lab.  Oh he needed me because he was neutralizing waste and pouring it down the drain which is a regulatory violation.  I was in his lab and we were going toe to toe.  I knew I was right, but his pompous behavior got me so mad.  The problem was I forgot how to process mad, so I started to cry.  I was so embarrassed and that made me cry more.  I knew I couldn’t let that happen again so I sat down to try and figure out what was going on.  I realized this wasn’t something I was going to figure out in a day.  I needed to get my emotional muscles back into shape.  I needed to do some work, some soul searching to figure out why I was not connecting to my emotions and I found a great therapist to help me.  You know what the biggest lesson I learned?  I created a life where I was so busy that I had no time for emotions.

I think videos like this one are going viral because people want to connect to emotions.  They want to take the time to do things in their lives that generate some emotion.  Numb is not living.  My charge to you is to make an emotion today.  Laugh.  Love.  Cry.  Feed your soul!

Positive Vibes

Positive VibesI recently had the chance to check out a cute little book called Positive Vibes: Inspiring Thoughts for Change and Inspiration.  Being an aspiring writer, I normally wouldn’t call anyone’s book “little,” but the author Gordon Smith does, so I figured I could too.  Though described as little, this book was written to have enormous impact on your mood.

 

Gordon, a world-renowned medium, has used the power of positivity to help him through adversity.  As he states in the introduction, he wrote this book to “inspire you and help you to connect to your inner spirit and move forward, whatever is happening in your life.”

 

The book is broken down into seven chapters focusing on different life themes.  Beginnings, Love, Change and Happiness are just a few examples of chapter themes.  Within each chapter, Gordon then offers the reader an inspirational phrase, affirmation or lesson to ponder to get and keep those positive vibes flowing.

 

Here are a few of my favorites:

 

Beginnings Chapter:  Spring isn’t the time to worry about how others are growing but to be sure of your own direction and prepare for the s

ummer that follows.

 

Happiness Chapter:  No matter what chaos is going on around you, this can still be a beautiful day if you tell yourself it is.  Telling yourself the day is beautiful gives new life to possibilities.

 

This is a great book to keep on your nightstand or in your desk at work.  Reach for it when you feel you need a dose of positivity.  Just close your eyes and let your soul pick the page.  I bet it’s just the thing you needed to read.

 

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for this review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment of the product.