To say that I am impressionable would be to put it mildly. I am prone to take on the circumstances and the weight of people, places and things around me. Here's an example: I watched the movie "Castaway," and for the next seven nights, dreamt that I was drowning.
I'm like a giant sponge. I absorb whatever I allow myself to be exposed to. Of course, I can't always control my surroundings to avoid anything negative, but I've had a giant wake-up call in the past week. I've allowed myself to become overly saturated with the cares of the world and the prophets of doom (and gloom). It's time to reboot my spirit.
Here are the five things I will be doing on a daily basis over the coming 30 days:
1. Turning off the TV. I rarely sit and watch TV. But I am one to have it on in the background, all the time. I'm drawn to news and talk shows and you know what that means — the troubles of the world playing over and over. I am taking a 30-day break from politics and news.
2. Leaving Wall Street. I am not going to check any stock market figures, follow any economic forecasts or look at my own investments. It's easy for me to become obsessive about those figures. When I load up on too much economic prophecy, I become weighed down with "what could happen."
3. Spending time with God. Rarely am I in solitude. I am a multitasker and do many things at the same time. For 30 days, I am going to make time for being alone. I will pray, write in my journal and just listen.
4. Going to bed at a set time. I hate to even go into this one, because it is so unwise. I tend to see nighttime as the extra hours I need in my daytime. I often work through the night, falling into bed at 3 a.m. just to have my alarm go off at 6 a.m. I know this is terrible for my mental acuity, my health and my family. I am committed to going to bed at 11:30 p.m. every night, no exceptions.
5. Guarding my mind. Even with the four above items in play, I have a relentlessly churning mind. But guess what? That is something I have in my control. I can choose what I will think about. So this month, I am making a concerted effort to make sure the thoughts on which I dwell are positive, empowering and enabling of good things in my life.
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