Thursday, May 17, 2012

☺ Stop Taking Yourself so Seriously! ☺

I think one of the best pieces of advice I was ever give was this: "stop taking yourself so seriously!" 
Why do I love this piece of advice so much? Because I think it's a blatant wake-up call that most of us need. When things in life get difficult, when bumps appear along our paths, when we have those days when everything seems to go wrong, we usually end up with some sort of mental breakdown. Then we tend to start asking far too many questions and asking why why why. Asking why can be a good thing, to take a lesson from an unfavourable ordeal, but we tend to over think things and begin to dwell instead of releasing when we should. We also tend to focus on the negatives and so we bring about more negative things to feel bad about--remember the law of attraction's spiral effect? 
Well, this scenario happened to me almost exactly three years ago, when absolutely everything was going wrong. What was worse was that I was just waiting for the next thing to go wrong, wondering what it would be. I was expecting things to go wrong! Because that was the kind of day I was having. I knew nothing about the law of attraction back then and was just beginning to realize the power of positivity--clearly not quite there yet though. I ranted about it on Facebook, and I received all sorts of comments of people trying to make me feel better and relating to the spiralling bad day and repeated breakdown because of it. Looking back, really it was a "poor me" move, but I do understanding feeling the need to vent. Now I understand that venting and dwelling on negativities is terrible, but now I also understand that spiral effect and am able to stop it from happening. Anyway, I'm getting to a point, I promise. ;) One of the comments that was left was by a good friend of mine who gave me some wise words that really resonated with me…

 "In order for the mind to re - program it must "breakdown". Then begins the period where you get to consciously decide what the mind does and doesn't need. 
The mind is typically occupied by fear and preservation.
Which space is your mind currently living in. Now or not now........... ;)
lmao.........Stop taking yourself so seriously."

The comment was helpful in several ways, not only because there was great insight on the benefits of a breakdown, but the way it ended really struck me. "Stop taking yourself so seriously." It was one of those wake up calls and I have honestly been doing my best to live my life that way ever since.

What is the point of over-analyzing, over-thinking, and dwelling? What is the point in taking yourself so seriously all the time? Isn't it far better to ease up, take things as they come, and enjoy the moment? There's no point or purpose in allowing yourself to get so wound up about things that you will probably forget about in a week. It took me a while to learn important lessons about positivity, about going with the flow, living in the moment, and, well, not taking things so seriously, so I want to remind everyone of patience in your journey and, really, to just go with the flow. It is not worth feeling down on yourself if you are not where you want to be yet in your mood and state of mind. Remind yourself that everything works itself out in the end and to always find a reason to smile. Let yourself go and have a little fun. Your journey to happiness is as beautiful as you choose to make it, it doesn't have to be this intense serious voyage. Yes, you will experience amazing transformations within your soul, but these are wonderful changes that you shouldn't be serious about. Just because you are becoming "enlightened" doesn't mean you have to be this "calm" "zen" "hippie" all the time, trying to be wise and insightful. Learn to laugh at yourself, at your life, at all the silly moments. Create silly moments. You are allowed to stumble, tumble, cry, and then smile and laugh all in the same day. And learning to laugh at yourself is one of the best things you will ever learn. You are "waking up" and that is something to be happy about no matter how many bumps you encounter along the way. Life is not suffering, life is not serious. Life is happy, joyous, beautiful, fun, ridiculous and fantastic if you choose for it to be. 
So stop taking yourself so seriously and enjoy the moment! ;) 


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  1. Thinking positively and not focusing on the negatives does help to make you a better person and a happier one. I just need to remind myself of that more often at work!

  2. Wow totally needed this right now! I'm in a though breakdown those days and these words help me a lot. Thanks!

    1. *though-> difficult. Bad english sorry :P


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