Be the Example

The season of Spring is a re-birth process that nature gives itself, it also influences us, since we are part of nature as well. This time of year inspires us to embrace the new. When we feel inspired to make changes we often think that others should be inspired as well. Maybe they will, but in their own time.

We may think we can plainly see what is best for someone else or what would help them. But, it’s not up to us to change others. Although we are all connected, each of us are on our own path, our own journey…each of has our own lessons to learn. If you are choosing to release self-defeating thoughts and behaviors, don’t expect those around you to do the same. It is amazing how the tension and pressure that drops when you realize that there is nothing for you to fix in others. It can be a valuable gift to practice the art of teaching by example.

The season of spring is a re-birth process that nature gives itself, it also influences us, since we are part of nature as well. This time of year inspires us to embrace the new. When we feel inspired to make changes we often think that others should be inspired as well. Maybe they will, but in their own time.

We may think we can plainly see what is best for someone else or what would help them. But, it’s not up to us to change others. Although we are all connected, each of us are on our own path, our own journey…each of us has our own lessons to learn. If you are choosing to release self-defeating thoughts and behaviors, don’t expect those around you to do the same. It is a valuable gift to practice the art of teaching by example.

As the ever inspiring Gandhi said, ‘’Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Be the change we wish to see in each other. Telling someone what you think is wrong with them or what you think they should do to better their situation will most likely turn the person defensive. Practice being at peace with yourself and you will find peace with others, be patient with yourself and you will find you are more patient with others. Love yourself completely and unconditionally and it will be easier to love others as they are, not how you think they should be. Ultimately, the only true way to change others is to change ourselves. If we can shift our thoughts and perspectives, our outlooks and attitudes will change.

If you find yourself having a difficult moment within yourself or with someone else, do your best to shift to a place of gratitude. While in the middle of a situation, if you find this hard, simply be thankful that you even have the opportunity to choose again. Gratitude transforms darkness into light and can shift your attitude to a positive, hopeful one. Be thankful and trust that all is perfect and that there is nothing to control, contrive, manipulate or fix.’’

And an affirmation the inspiring Louise Hay uses often in her books and lectures:

“I am willing to change.”

I just love this affirmation because it is simple and gentle. It’s not asking too much of you, if you’re taking baby steps. Also, if you’re unclear about what you want to change, but just know you feel the need to shift your energy, this is a great affirmation to calm your spirit and invoke true inner change. It begins to breakdown fear barriers and open you up to the freedom and ease that is truly residing within. Also, it brings the responsibility of how you feel to you. As if to say, I am willing to change, to see this person/situation in a new light. If you find yourself disturbed by others and trying to fix them, try using the affirmation, I am willing to change.

We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise we harden.

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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