“Good girl, Dawn!”
“You’re a very good girl!”
I heard myself say it to — myself — again, today.
I heard myself say it to my horse, last night.
And I realize how far I’ve come . . .
A few years back I caught myself, saying stuff in my mind, even out loud, to berate and belittle myself, that I would never say to someone else.
It was hurtful. Non-productive.
It was a habit, and it was bad . . .
And I had to stop.
And I had to have a little talk with myself.
And I made up my mind, that if I wouldn’t say it to someone else, it wasn’t exactly helpful to say to me!!!
And I did a little self-accounting. And I put a little Angel on my shoulder.
And I asked my Angel to please point out and make me aware whenever I would be mean to me. To remind me . . .
Yes, I can check myself and notice when I’m off track. I can listen to my self-criticism and add the needed correction to my course.
But I’m not allowed to berate myself. Nor anyone else . . . (Oops! Still working on this one, too!!!)
Just Like Training a Horse :))
It’s like training one of my horses. If they go off behavior, off course, I can give them an immediate check to get their attention back. A pull of a rein, a shake of a rope, a tap or a smack.
But once I’ve got their attention, I have to re-direct them back to what I want.
“That’s a good girl! Come on now, let’s go . . . ”
Same thing with me.
If I go on a tirade, I can give myself a tap, a smack, to stop the tirade . . . and then I must re-direct myself back to the task at hand.
I must STOP. I must ask . . .
“What do I need to be doing right now???”
And I must — do that!!!
Just like with my horses, I work poorly with hounding and criticism.
I work best with encouraging words and vocal tones. Cookies and pats and praises. Giggles and sorbet and chocolate.
WordPress Blogging Community :))
And the supportive WordPress blogging community greatly encourages with soothing, upbeat comments.
(So many of you took the time to reach out to me in my moment of funk last week, and that meant so much to me :)) :)) :)) To be heard. Understood.
. . . Still, many bloggers out there seem to be stuck. Depressed. Down. Struggling . . .
I’m hoping that by sharing my process, my Ups, my Downs, and how I work my Life Strategies — we can all band together, for Goodness sake.
Grow. Learn. Share inspirations.
Offer, and receive, support.
Be there for one another . . .
Find a way to climb up, out of the funk.
Into the fullness Life has to offer each one of us :))
I’m wishing us all the best!!!
In Self-talk. Self-thoughts.
And in our thoughts and talk, to and about, those around us.
Let’s ride our Lives like we do (or would) our horses.
Put an Angel on our shoulders to remind us when we get off track.
Give ourselves a little smack — and then re-direct — up to what we really want our Lives to be about :))
As my Malibu friend, Pastor Scott O’Neal, always says: “Go give ’em Heaven!!!”
Encourage one another.
Share those soothing comments.
Let our Light shine into the darkness that another might be having right now.
With all that’s been going on lately, we all can use a little Heaven!
(And listen to a little upbeat music:))
Like what you’ve read here? Visit Dawn’s sister blog: Soul Horse Ride
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