Have you grabbed any goodness lately?
As a writer, sometimes you get “blocked”. And no, I am not referencing that type of blockage (thank goodness). However, you do at times feel stuck and uninspired. For me, if I am feeling particularly unmoved and unsure of what to write about, I will go for a drive and try to find inspiration around me, from the world outside. And yes, those loud and unruly, yet awfully cute kiddies drive around with me. Thankfully, this typically works. My “writer’s block” usually only lasts a day or two at most, and sometimes just a few hours.
For today’s post, I have pulled my inspiration from a sign I saw inside of a local Starbucks:
This is not the first time I have been inspired by Starbucks, they did it for me once before when I saw a sign. You could say that I use their inspiring atmosphere as my excuse for going there, even though I don’t think that the hubby believes me.
So, let’s get to it…what was so inspiring about a sign for snacks telling me to “grab some goodness”? Well, I think the answer lies in the fact that Starbucks may be subtly hinting at the need for self-improvement amongst its customers. And, if that is not a goal of theirs, well then my crazy, over-analytical (and sometimes quirky) mind, read a little too much into it. Yes of course, that is probably what happened here; still, I am going to ride that over-thinking-it train and request that the rest of you hop on board.
You see, almost daily most of us find something, heck anything, to complain about. We find reasons to be frustrated and exasperated at every chance we get. This is a horrible habit and it needs to stop. How do we stop? Well, by grabbing some goodness, like Starbucks suggests.
Grab some goodness when you wake up.
Whether it’s your coffee that warms you up and fills your tummy, or a peek at first-morning sunshine, or those morning snuggles from your little one — grab that goodness and hold on to it.
Grab some goodness from the smiles around you.
Whether they are from your children, spouse, co-workers, a stranger on the bus, or a fellow parent at drop-off — grab that goodness and hold on to it.
Grab some goodness from the kind behavior you observe.
Pay attention to interactions and events happening around you. See something altruistic happening — grab that goodness and hold on to it.
Grab some goodness from the music you listen to.
Find and play songs that motivate you, inspire you, and make you want to sing and dance. And, when you are really feeling the beat — grab that goodness and hold on to it.
Grab some goodness from the news.
Okay. This one may be tough, but of course there is always some positive news happening somewhere in the world. Seek this out, find it and share it, and then — grab that goodness and hold on to it.
Grab some goodness from the movies.
Yes, they are fictionally-based (most of them) but, let them be something that motivates you to believe and maintain that amazing things do happen; that the world is full of amazing people doing amazing things. So, eat that popcorn and drink your Coke — grab that goodness and hold on to it.
And if you are someone who finds it slightly more challenging to “grab that everyday goodness”, then consider keeping this book handy.
With an across-the-board 5-Star rating from Amazon customers, Think Happy, by Karen Salmansohn, is a collection of 50 inspirational inner ‘pep talks’ that you can use to boost your confidence, attitude, and mood. They are more than simple affirmations, and have been described as “feisty, fun, and memorable”.
I could go on and on telling you more ways to “grab some goodness,” but I think you get my point. This world is what we make of it, and me…
I want the world to be inspiring…
so, I am looking at it as if it is.
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