NOW

by Daniel · 2 comments

Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.  — Benjamin Franklin

The Happy Recovery Band

In the past I was always hoping and waiting for things to turn and then I would be happy! I must admit that at times when the stress is high I begin to think that way again. But I have learned to snap myself out of it and clear the negative self talk. This practice took time to respond to but with practice and seeing the outcome it gets easier!

What I do is a simple exercise, I take my hand and place it in front of my eyes and shake it back and forth and say “Clear”. If I am in a crowd of people I simply say to myself, “Clear”. This sounds like a strange activity but it works. It gets me out of my own stinking thinking and back focusing on what I can do at this moment.

Today I teach others this exercise and as an alternative I give out the wrist bands that became famous by Lance Armstrong’s “Live Strong” campaign, I suggest when your mind wanders into the negative you snap the band on your wrist to snap your self out of it!

The truth of the matter is that we all have negative thoughts. We all allow ourselves to wander into the “when I get through this I will be happy” syndrome! However, truth be told, we only have the “NOW” and we can choose to be happy “NOW” so we need to snap ourselves out of the negativity “NOW”…

Life is good!

Go, Go, Go…

Dan 🙂

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william e hay March 14, 2012 at 8:12 am

Good mornignDan,
I’m alive, I’m awake, and I feel great! Yeh baby!! Great blog as usual, just yesterday I was studying the informantion about rehabs.org etc, and my compiter was running slow, my printer got jammed, and that became my whole life. Thruoghtout my life frustration brings on anger, which leads to a depressed feeling of, my life is hopeless. As I sat with this wonderful feeling, I said to myself, man I have to make the switch! So I just began saying some positve afformation and dug deep to find some humuor . I found myself taking a deep breath being aware of this pattern, and before you knew it, I came back to reality. Self awareness is the key to change but at time we must use the tool to snap out of it! My wife came home to a man smiling for I was living in the positive once again. I once heard a very wise suggestion to those who are getting sober, if you don’t have a sence of humuor, you’d better go out and by one. Wise words indeed. By the way my band finaaly busted, hint hint LOL. God bless for their is no better way than waking to read your daily blog. Love ya, william

Daniel March 16, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Thank you William, I will send you a new one! Love ya!
Go, Go, Go…
D 🙂

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