Thursday, January 29, 2009

Don't Tell Me You Can't

Another post from the Oprah list, I could go out to dinner on this for a months. :)

*what you believe has more power than what you dream or wish or hope for. you become what you believe.

This is like one of those quotes I look at and think to myself, "Well, of course." I think you need to believe in yourself for anything you do. You can wish all day long that you can run a marathon or stand on your hands and drop your feet to your head. You could wish it and dream it from now until next Summer, until you can believe you can do it, you don't have a chance in the world. Right? I tighten up (you know this Asude) every time someone says in a yoga class, "I can't do that." It literally makes me cringe. "Please don't say can't in my class." I say in the most demure of tones. ;) "Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but if it's something you WANT to do, if you believe you can, you will." I think when you can see yourself doing it, you'll figure out a way to get there.

So what do you believe in? Do you believe you're going to wake up tomorrow and it's going to be a great day? Or do your thoughts lean more towards, "The economy sucks, it's winter in the North, I have to go to the dentist and I think I should change my name to Eeyore." Cause, that's kind of a bummer. Try to go with the first one. Cause that second one is just setting you up for failure, just like, "I can't." I think Can't means doom, failure and unhappiness. Unless of course you were to say, "I can't believe how lucky I am!" The silver lining of "Can't."

So I will admit, I wish on stars, lucky numbers, I've played the lottery, gambled and crossed my fingers for when my kids teacher assignments come in August. At the same time, I believe that no matter what I will have a wonderful life. I believe that even if a cloud covers those stars another one will show up. I believe that if my lucky numbers don't get picked it's because someone who needed it more than me won, I know that if the gambling doesn't pay off this time, it's always a good story (right Jen?- think going for your first mortgage and your bank statement having 20 withdrawls of twenty dollars each from Ceasers Palace in Atlantic City every 5 minutes from 2 am on.- YES!) and when those teachers assignment comes it better be who they want or I'm calling the school! That's how I roll. Not really, but don't even get me started on Chase's 2nd grade teacher. Stop! Reel in. Point.

Dreams and wishes are lovely things. We all need them. Except for those bad ones where you realize you have to take a final in a class you never showed up to before. That one's kind of beat. But nice dreams, birthday wishes are sweet and a form of positive energy. Put it out there and then know it to be true.
Believe in Yourself. If you don't, no one else will.

11 comments:

Sue Jacquette said...

I love you. Really, this post made me smile, chuckle, giggle, and shake my head. This might be my favorite post ever. I mean that.

Kathy S. said...

Like I said before, a wonderful box of chocolates!

Christy said...

Totally....what Sue said.

Christy said...

Love the blog's new look by the way...you and Sue are stylin'!

Simple Answer said...

I wish everyone believed this. And funny thing, I always call a negative person "Eeyore."

The Family Julz said...

Can't tell you how much I love the makeover. And what a GREAT post to start my Friday! Flexible Amy, you're awesome! :)

Amy who can said...

GIRL!! You're speaking to me this morning! These are the EXACT words I needed to hear today. You really knocked it out of the park with the new layout too. LOVE IT! xoxo

Lula! said...

I agree with this...from my standpoint, it's God. He's Whom I believe in. I have to, or else I'd be slitting my wrists on a daily basis. I do not mean that flippantly. Seriously. It's just where I find my identity...so I have to believe...

I still love you way more than Oprah, though. Oh my stars, you are far more fabulous, Amy!

Mark said...

I'm with you, Amy. It's that old "power of positive thinking" thing that has been said so many different ways for years. It sounds like a cliche, but there's a reason it keeps coming back generation after generation: it works. I'm not saying that everything you believe will come true, but the chances are far better if you believe than if you don't. As you indicated, the most important belief is that whatever happens, life will be good. I think the key is to not get discouraged if reality doesn't always reflect your desire. Wouldn't life be boring if it did? You'd never be challenged, which means you'd never grow, which means you'd never know what you are capable of doing or being. You'd simply be comfortable at best, but probably not happy, fulfilled, or enriched. I would differ from you on one point, that if you don't believe in yourself, no one will. I believe that we owe it to others to believe in them when they don't believe in themselves. Our belief sometimes helps others begin to believe in themselves. It doesn't always work, but when it does, it's incredibly rewarding. I get a big thrill out of helping someone else turn their life around. That said, I won't waste time on people who cling to negativity as their life force. I don't want to be brought down with them. If my positivity doesn't rub off on them, I'm not waiting around for their negativity to rub off on me. Of course, we all get down at times, and when I do, I turn to one of my positive-minded friends for a tune-up and then get on with life. Brief anecdote: Donald came back from the bathroom last night at the restaurant, saw me on the phone and said, "You're talking to Amy, right?" I asked him how he knew, and he replied, "I can always tell because you are always laughing and smiling." I said, "Yes, she always does that to me."

Sue Jacquette said...

Mark, you're so smart.

Amy, I love your ohm.

Kathy, have another chocolate.

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