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Do The Two Step!

by TaxMama on January 13, 2009

My driving instructor once said, “Don’t look at what you are avoiding because you will steer right into it.” When life is hard or painful, we each have a choice.  We can either work each other into worried snits (as my dear mother would say), or we can choose to love life anyway and share what’s real, what we always have no matter the disaster: love, laughter, friendship, and good deeds.  It’s simple, but it’s THE most effective option.  What we can do for each other is the two-step:

1.       Stop repeating stories of doom and gloom… Why bring others down, make them MORE nervous, fearful, or uncertain than they are?  The only thing to fear is fear itself.  Fear makes any problem seem worse.  Turn CNN off, make a few decisions about how to deal with it, and drop it.  Move to Step 2. 

2.       Share what’s real: the bright side of life.  There always is one, though sometimes brighter than at other times.  Share as if your neighbors and strangers are your favorite family member.  Search the internet for positive stories and tell others.  Wish your grocery bagger a good day before he says it to you.  Do an unasked favor.  Say something uplifting, even about the weather.  Leave each personal interaction on a high note. 

The funny thing is, you will start to feel better too. I lost my Lehman stock value and maybe my LEH retirement account too.  It became a meaningful spiritual experience­and it made me laugh.  I shared that laugh on my blog, and got a big thank-you response.  It was a lot of fun! 
When life gets hard, we worry it will be hard forever.  But life is always a two-sided coin.  Share the “up” side.  Make provisions for the bad side and then stop thinking about it.    

Submitted by:

Daria Boissonnas
One Butterfly LLC
Live Your Bliss!
www.goDaria.com  

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