The Eternal Optimist

The Optimist Creed

Promise Yourself

To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.

To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.

To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.

To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.

To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best.

To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.

To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.

To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.

To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

By: Optimist International

I feel like this says it all! Does this inspire you too?

Remevolution – The Evolution of Remembering Me

What Is Intuition to Me?

Intuition is like this:

I know something, but I don’t know how I know it. But I know that I know it. And I can’t explain how it is that I know it. Nor can I tell you if it’s a voice that tells me or that it’s a feeling that comes over me. But I will say that when I write/speak the knowing because I know deep down that I have a message for someone, I get goosebumps up and down my body as a confirmation of truth. Or at least that’s how I perceive it.

I find that when I speak what I know without couching the message to taste more palatable to someone else, it delivers its message with uncanny accuracy. But sometimes I admit, I do speak the message in subtler form in order for the other person to be able to process what it is that I am delivering. And I know when I am to do that or better said, when it’s ok to do it.

Perhaps this makes no sense to you or perhaps you understand completely. I know I am not alone in this situation and I would love to hear from those of you who have had similar experiences. Whether you’ve been the conduit or the receiver, please share below.

Remevolution – The Evolution of Remembering Me

Intuition Unleashed

Do you remember when you were little and things seemed simpler? Do you remember having any talents that were special? I mean, we are all special, but what I’m referring to is intuition. We all have the ability to be intuitive, but it’s like any other muscle, it helps when we practice and allow our knowings to come to the surface.

At around age 7 or 8 I distinctly remember knowing things. Eerily and with uncanny knowledge of when the phone was going to ring and many times who was calling, happened often. (This was back before caller ID and even before answering machines were so popular.) At first I wouldn’t tell anyone when I got that feeling the phone was going to ring and it surprised me every time when I knew before it would ring. It would make me giggle with delight when I could ‘guess’ who was calling.

It happened so much that I began to say it aloud to my family when I received the knowing that the phone would ring and subsequently who was calling. At first my knowing was met with surprise by my family. “Good guess!” they would say, but as the knowings increased, they became wary of me and my intuition to the point where they would jokingly make fun of me. So I stopped and tried to block it out.

I was successful for decades with only random blips of intuition coming through because I was embarrassed since it wasn’t ‘acceptable’ in my family’s eyes. Years went by and I was busy with life until it abruptly changed direction on me in a series of events that made me have to rely solely on myself in times of trouble. And that’s when that knowing, the intuition came back to me. As if it had been waiting in the wings for me to finally feel it again and acknowledge its presence which had been there all along.

It began again without warning and at first, I was hesitant to believe that I knew something, but as time has gone by, the knowings have increased. Recently I have had prolonged knowings that channeled through me as information to be given to friends and happily I can recount that the messages were well-received and quite accurate.

Remevolution is about The Evolution Of Remembering Me…and I’m doing just that these days.

Are you feeling similarly?

I’d love to read about your experiences, so feel free to share below if you feel inclined.

A Writing Exercise For The Weekend

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”

– Maya Angelou

I’ve found writing to be an intricate part of healing and Remevolution. Taking the bits and pieces from my past and putting them to paper has allowed me the space to find closure, whether that meant forgiveness, understanding or even enlightenment.

My suggestion over the weekend is for you to put pen to paper and write what comes to the surface. Free write if that pleases you or take one of the prompts below and expand on it. You may even find it surprising what flows through you.

I really wish people knew this about me…

My idea day would be spent…

I can never forget this moment (or these moments) in my life because…

(what happened, how did it make you feel, how do you feel now about the moments?)

I love to…

I dislike…

Dear (insert name here), I really want to tell you…

I want to be released from…

I want more of (insert your choice) in my life…

This is how I see my life…

This is how I thought my life would be now…

You may type or handwrite your responses. Either way works because nobody is grading this, nor looking at it, but you. It is simply healing time for you to explore your thoughts, your feelings, yourself.

The Evolution of Remembering Me (You!) has begun. Exploration can be the key to opening what inspires you. Take some time for yourself over the weekend and allow your inner knowledge to unfold.

Find Your David

“The sculpture is already complete within the marble block, before I start my work. It is already there, I just have to chisel away the superfluous material.” – Michaelangelo Buonarroti

It has been written that Michelangelo’s feat of chiseling David, a 17 foot statue from a single whole piece of marble was no small matter. His ability to chip away all the extraneous to expose the divine excellence within is much like Remevolution.

For the Evolution of Remembering Me (You!) is a careful sculpting to remove all that weighs down your divinity and allows you to be revealed in all of your transcendental beauty. It is an evolution of remembering who you are, what you like, what brings you joy and healing. It is tapping into your soul structure and extracting those pieces of you which may remain hidden. It is bringing YOU to life again – physically, mentally, emotionally – and reuniting who you once were with who you are now. A melding of your innate being with your experiences in a way that transforms your presence with healing self-love.

In researching David, I read that Michelangelo began David after the marble was abandoned by a previous sculptor named Donatello who deemed it flawed. I like that fact because I think…

All we need is one person to see the beauty within us in order to expose it to the light and that person is you!

We are a sum of all that we have endured in this precious life and that sum makes us who we are. When we shine the light within, we are truly ourselves.

The human experience is fraught with tough moments, but also full of precious ones. Remembering who we are – perfect, whole and complete – is the key to Remevolution.

Buddha

We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think.

When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves. – Buddha

When it comes to Remevolution, the mind is a powerful tool to help you. The Evolution of Remembering Me (and you!) necessitates going deeply into our beliefs, our thoughts and seeing clearly. It helps when we can share our thoughts with others who are able to observe with empathy and even detachment to parse the truth from the story we’ve chosen to weave as our own.

Facts are what center on truth, but they can get muddled by our own views of life. We can make excuses for how or why situations occurred in our lives. We can find that it’s hard to face choices we’ve made so we eschew the facts to fit into what feels comfortable. Therefore we need to harness the truth so that we can be centered with integrity, compassion and be motivated to clear our thoughts in order to remember who we are innately. In addition, we need a healthy dose of self-love in order to accomplish it.

It is an evolution, one that is done with patience. We may find that we have instantaneous moments of revelation that burst forth in a radiance of clarity and those are precious moments to honor. Those a-ha moments are a springboard for evolution, but the work to remember who we are, to explore what we truly want from this life and to engage in seeking the depths of our innate self is usually like an archeological dig. One artifact at a time emerges to fit into the story of who we are, how we’ve arrived to the present situation and how we imagine the possibilities of the future.

One must find the observer mode in order to purify the thoughts that no longer serve you. I have found that writing is a way for me to see more clearly how my thoughts and beliefs and the events in my life have formed the present self. Free writing allows emotions, beliefs and our true feelings to emerge. Once you are able to express this, when you read it back, it is as if you are a listener (observer) and may find points where you question your thinking. You may see more clearly what you want to continue and what you don’t. You may notice what is here for you and find one of those precious a-ha moments that emphasizes joy in your life.

It is time to remember who you are and to harness your thoughts so that you may roll out the red carpet in 2020 and step into all that you are – without shame nor excuses, without sadness nor regret, without people pleasing nor taking it to the other extreme.

It’s about you being comfortable being the YOU that you are destined to be in all of your glory.

Have A Joyful Saturday

Spirituality is the sacred center out of which all life comes, including Mondays and Tuesdays and rainy Saturday afternoons in all their mundane and glorious detail. – Christina Baldwin

It’s a rainy Saturday here and it’s just the way I love it! I find the peace inviting to soulful awareness when it’s a day I can stay home and allow the day to unfold. If I have too much scheduled for a Saturday, then Sundays are my appointed day for renewal.

I don’t know about you, but I need that downtime after a busy week. I need a chance to just be, to ground myself and to center my breath and being. I make part of the weekend dedicated to me when I can. Whether I have get up early before anyone else in the family or stay up later, I carve out me time.

My normal workweek routine doesn’t change and I rely on what has been working for me for a long time. But on the weekends, I expand it, even if I still need to get up early in order to have my alone time, it’s worth it. Yet, I try to sleep in one morning if I can during the weekend because I feel that it’s like a mini vacation to sleep a little later once a week (or twice if I can manage it!)

I give thanks, whether by writing in a gratitude journal or simply saying it daily. I recommend the journal so that you can look back and appreciate the goodness when you need a little pick me up on a dark day. Sometimes I do it in the morning routine if I was too sleepy to do it before bedtime.

Before I leave the bed (if I’m not running late), I quiet my mind and allow whatever is to come to me come. Sometimes I awake with a song in my head as a message for the day. Sometimes there’s only peace and quiet until the Parent voice in my head tells me to get up and get moving which isn’t a good way to start the day. I usually quiet that voice by stretching and getting up.

With my morning coffee, I say a quiet prayer for the day ahead. A prayer to God, the Universe, my higher self, my angels with the request to pave the way ahead for me for my highest good.

I pull a card from one of my decks as well every morning and use that message as the one for the day. Sometimes if I need more detail, I will pull a second card as well. I keep track of them by saving or emailing myself the message for the day.

If I’ve heard lyrics or a song in my head that morning, I will google it and listen quietly sipping my coffee. Usually there’s a small message in it for me. Most of the time I know the song or at least the lyrics, but sometimes I only have the phrase running through my head and have to investigate.

I try to stand outside every morning even for only a few minutes just to look at the sky, feel the air around me, and notice nature. It’s surprising how many people don’t notice the sky everyday. But I understand why because I went blindly through my days for a long time, too rushed to take the brief moment to acknowledge the sun, the raindrops, the smell of the air change during rain or snow, the snowflakes, and the night sky full of stars and the moon in her every phase. But nature is important and noticing the little nuances expands our communion with our world.

What does your morning or evening routine include? If you don’t have a set one, how would you like to begin or end your day? Feel free to be flexible with your routine, but remember to try every day and don’t beat yourself up if you skip or miss a day.