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Week 9 – And That’s The Truth

I have a long-standing history as somewhat of a comedienne.  I can be quick-witted, sarcastic, and even self-deprecating at times…

So when one of the assignments in this week’s MKMMA course was to adopt and repeat the affirmation:

“I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious and happy.”

My first thought was “Pffft…yeah, right!”

Then again…

A lot of truth is said in jest. ~ Eminem

I had faith.

I trusted the exercises.

I trusted the process.

And I believed.

I realized that since this process began, I’ve been speaking the truth of my FUTURE self…the one that IS whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious, and happy.

Perhaps it was said in jest at first.

And over the past few weeks my subconscious has been changing it’s tune.

Because here we are…in Week 9 of the process…and I realize that much has changed –in both my world within and my world without — that has put me on this path to what I KNOW is the truth.

Wordle: MKMMA

I KNOW I AM…

  • WHOLE – I have everything I need within me…for love, success, and life.  It’s how I choose to share myself with others that counts.
  • PERFECT – (OK…Truth Moment here…I’m still working on this one… I don’t  believe anyone is perfect…so how about “I’m better than average.”)
  • STRONG – I am a woman with a strong will and determination to succeed in love, life, and business.  I am physically strong (as evidenced by packing, moving, and unpacking for 12+ hours a day)
  • POWERFUL – I have the power to choose my actions and reactions.  I have the power to make things happen for myself and others.
  • LOVING – I have a renewed love of life.  I am enjoying a better relationship with my family.  And this week I received “an offer I couldn’t refuse”…and am now an excited and proud bride-to-be.
  • HARMONIOUS – I’m in a new home on the water.  Nature is everywhere.  It’s peaceful. And that feeling of peace and harmony is extending to all aspects of my life.
  • HAPPY – Everything is coming together, and the result is a feeling of happiness and joy unmatched in my life…up until now.

And That’s The Truth.

Week 8 – Do What You Do

Imagination is more important than knowledge.  For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.  ~Albert Einstein

This has long been one of my favorite quotes, and since we were really challenged to use our imagination this week, it was at the forefront of my mind.

Our challenge:  To take an object in our imagination — specifically, a battleship — and deconstruct it to its humble beginnings.  It makes you stop to think about the enormity of the project:  how many people were involved in the building, the design, the procuring of materials…

It’s overwhelming!

My problem:  I didn’t feel all that creative this week, since I was busy packing up a house I’ve lived in for the past 15 years.

That’s where I was wrong.

Have you ever moved?

That involves a BOATLOAD of imagination and creativity!

The coordination of people and activities…cancelling services, starting services, transferring services, hiring movers, enlisting friends and family to assist with supervising the move…and, of course…

PACKING!!!

{UGH}…OUT, OUT, NEGATIVE THOUGHT!

The packing is easy at first…you get to choose what to pack first, and how it goes into the box.  You declutter.  You carefully designate what goes to the new home, what gets donated, and what is trash.

Some items bring back memories of where you bought it, who you were with, and how it’s been used in your home.  Then, using our exercise to take that item back in time, you can think about every involved in the process of creating that item.

Can’t linger too long on those memories…there’s too much packing to do!

The whole process is a well oiled machine…for the first 30 boxes or so.  Then you get to a point where every room in the house is partially packed, and navigating the household is done with precise movements to avoid the “land mines” of boxes neatly stacked throughout the house.

Now it’s time to get creative!

You’re getting creative with your meals so you can “eat down the refrigerator.”

You’re using boxes as “tables” to hold packing paper and roll glassware.

You’re using a pizza screen with a paper towel on it as a “plate” so you can pack your dishes.

There are items you want to pack, and yet you can’t find a box that’s the right size.

Or you have the box, and nothing else to go in the box that’s the right size, shape, or weight.

And then, in some cases, you are able to carefully — and even artfully — arrange items in a box to maximize space and efficiency, while simultaneously (hopefully!) minimizing breakage.

{NOTE:  Nearly every box in my house says “FRAGILE!” on it.  I LITERALLY live in a glass house!  Nearly everything in my house is metal and glass.  I’ve decided that when I finish unpacking I’m going to have a FIELD DAY rolling around on all the bubble wrap!  It’s THERAPY!!!}

But I digress…

It gets to the point — for me, 2 days before move-out day — where I just don’t care anymore.  Dump it into a box and just say FUHGETTABOUTIT!!!  (Or, sometimes, a more colorful term.)

So I’ve been thinking about the Einstein quote above, and came across this video that brought tears to my eyes.  The video is just shy of 9 minutes long, and well worth watching.  See the MKMMA teachings.  See the passion.  See the imagination.  See the INSPIRATION!

Now go be inspired to DO WHAT YOU DO!

(And do it NOW!)

Week 7 – Looks Like I Picked The Wrong Week…

Do you ever start a project and then think “I picked the wrong week to start this!”

I certainly have!  And this week is no exception. That phrase went through my mind SO MANY TIMES this week! Between the stress of having my house on the market, helping my boyfriend get his house ready to put on the market, buying a house together…

…it made me wonder “What was I thinking taking all this on at the same time?”

While the truth is that there’s never a “perfect” time to do anything, all I could think of wass the movie “Airplane!”

So, here’s the deal…

This week we were challenged to go on a 7-Day “Mental Diet” to eliminate negative thinking from our lives for 7 days.  OK, I’m a pretty positive person, I can do this…

WRONG!

The point is to catch ourselves entertaining negative thoughts and to get rid of them by focusing on something positive…it’s a chance to change your mindset.

IT’S A DO OVER!

I’m in the process of selling my house. I got the inspection report from the buyer.

DO OVER!

Dealing with Xfinity/Comcast over billing issues…for the 3rd month in a row.

DO OVER!

My coffee maker died. (On a morning I REALLY needed coffee!)

DO OVER!

A rare south Texas freeze warning requiring me to drag the plants around the house to the garage in cold, windy, wet weather.

DO OVER!

Getting sick from running myself ragged and spending the day in bed rather than packing.

DO OVER! DO OVER! DO OVER!

Well, you get the idea.

It’s an interesting experiment, and one I will definitely be continuing beyond the 7-days…even if it’s not a requirement for the MKMMA course.

Why? Because I’m learning a few things about myself in this process.

  • It’s becoming easier to catch myself CREATING the negative thoughts, so I can stop them from entering my subconscious mind.
  • When I don’t catch myself creating these thoughts, I can at least banish the negative thoughts from my mind fairly quickly.
  • I’m becoming hyper-sensitive to negative people, and they’re just not fun to be around.

…And I Am A Fun Person People Like To Be Around!

Week 6 – Sliding Backward: Serenity vs Love

file00016079529On the path to growth, there are many steps we take.  Some are baby steps that we may take for granted because they are easy.  (And if it’s easy, it can’t possibly be propelling us toward growth, right?)

Other steps are steep and slippery.  These are the steps we’re hesitant to take, because they take us outside our comfort zone.  We tread lightly, for fear that we may get hurt.

I experienced some of those slippery steps of growth this week.

With everything going on in my life, I reached a breaking point and my stress level was at an all-time high.  Selling a house is stressful.  Being involved in the selling of TWO houses is exponentially more stressful.  Preparing to buy a house is stressful.

Now add a frantic call from my Realtor, who let me know there was a BIG roof leak — during the home inspection for the contract on my house, for a leak that JUST got repaired last week…

and…

KABOOM!

weee 300ppiI slide into old habits.  And I don’t mean I “took two steps forward and one step back.”

Oh, no!  I got on the BIG slide!

You know the one…the slide where you spiral out of control at 100 mph until you hit the wall at the bottom like a ton of bricks.

Yep.  That’s me!  WHEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My kitchen ceiling is sagging.  Water is rapidly dripping onto my flooded floors.  My chairs are ruined.

My head is spinning.  Smoke is coming out of my ears.  My eyes are popping out of my head.  Yep.  I hit the wall, all right!

I felt like a character in the Seinfeld episode where everyone yells:

“Serenity Now!”

Ah, yes…SERENITY NOW!

Such a far cry from what we’re learning from Og right now…

I Will Greet This Day With Love In My Heart.

How can I possibly greet this day with love in my heart???

What if this roof leak kills the sale?

How much is this fiasco going to cost me?

Financially?

Emotionally?

What will I do if the buyer backs out?

Serenity Now!

I’m making myself crazy over this, and I accelerate on my path down the slide…

My old habits are giving me a nice, comfy landing space for my emotions.  Only this time, after hitting the wall and landing with a giant SPLAT!, I realize that this place I know oh-so-well doesn’t feel so good.  It feels different.  It doesn’t feel like “home.”

I Will Greet This Day With Love In My Heart.

Now, I can’t say I feel completely at ease with this statement, either…yet.  (I’m hopeful!)

I kept repeating this phrase to myself (sprinkled with a few Serenity Nows for good measure), and it seemed to help give me the courage to pick myself up, dust myself off, and continue on throughout the day.

To my surprise and delight, later that day my boyfriend told me how well I handled the situation.  WOW.  Really?  I guess I AM changing…and others are taking notice.  That’s a really good feeling.

And do you know what else is a really good feeling?

The leak is fixed, and the buyer is still on board.

Ah…now THIS is serenity!

I Will Greet This Day With Love In My Heart.

After all, I have MANY reasons to love the day!!!