Gurus, gurus everywhere. The ones outside inform and entertain, thrill and disappoint. The One inside liberates.
– David Holmes
Consider all the things you do on a daily basis. Among those actions,
there are numerous self-defeating ones, things you do over and over
again just out of habit. Perhaps you eat a bowl of fattening ice cream
when you get bored or stressed. Maybe you make cruel remarks to others
just to get attention. Little self-defeating habits such as these may
not seem like much, yet it is precisely their apparent insignificance
which makes them so destructive. Because before long, without your even
thinking about them, they add up.
So give yourself a priceless gift today. Identify one of those little
self-defeating actions, and find a self-empowering action with which to
permanently replace it. Replace the bowl of ice cream with a brisk walk
around the block. Or replace the cruel comment with a sincere
Get your habits working for you rather than against you. Look closely
at the negative, self-defeating ones. Why have you tolerated them this
long? Because they fill a void and because you rarely think about them.
So stop and think about them and the negativity they impose upon your
life. Then kick them out and fill that void with more positive,
empowering habits. You’ll find it’s one of the very best gifts you can
ever give yourself.
– Ralph Marston
If we could realize that the work is to keep doing the work, we would be much more fierce and much more peaceful.
– Clarissa Pinkola Estés, “Women Who Run With the Wolves”