Want to Be Great? Act Great: My 90 Days of Shift, Days 18-30
Here I am… Day 30 of my third round of the 90 Days of Shift. 1/3 of it complete. This is good. If you have yet to commit to the 90 Days yourself let me just tell you that it’s no walk in the park. It’s called 90 Days of Shift for a reason… because shift happens and shit comes up. But that’s why you do it. You take the journey because where you currently are at is no longer serving you, you are ready to make things happen and you are ready for change. But even though we want change and we go down that path doesn’t mean that there is not going to be some old part of us that wants to resist. Even if it’s just the simple resisting of writing in your journal.
That’s where I was this last week and a half. I didn’t do half of my journaling assignments and had to go back the next day and finish… (fyi, you don’t actually have to do anything, but I committed to myself that I was going to do everything this round). I kept getting further and further behind and getting more and more angry with myself for being a slacker. Yea… I know, funny huh… given my last post about this stuff was focused around self-love.
In conduction with the 90 Days requirements I’ve also been reading Meditations From the Mat by Rolf Gates and applying it to my process. In a chapter I read last night he says…
“We believe in compassion, live compassion, and compassion grows in our lives. We believe in Love, live Lovingly, and Love grows in our lives. We stand in our light, live our light, and the light grows within us. We need only make a beginning and that beginning will foster us the power to move forward.”
Basically I read that as – how we are being in any moment is how our lives will show up – so if I’m being frustrated myself, angry at life’s circumstances, and sad that things aren’t going the way I want, then my life will continuously show up to be frustrating, angry and sad. I do not want to be a frustrated, angry, sad person. I do not want to create suffering in my life.
What I realized was that how I was being with my journaling efforts was showing up in other areas of my life. I was angry with people who are close to me, down on myself about being angry and frustrated that I wasn’t doing anything about it.
With the 90 Days of Shift journaling assignments it isn’t about completing them fully (it definitely helps the process) but it’s how you approach it that matters. If you hate journaling then that may have a different effect on you that someones you loves to journal. It’s about the process… it’s about living compassionately, lovingly, and full of light… if we do so then our lives will be full of those things. That’s the kind of life I want to live. And I am thankful for my grumpiness because it shed light onto everything I just talked about.
So as you go through your day, stop and ask yourself, how am I being right now? Because how you are being is how your life will show up… remember that. As the great fourteenth-centry poet Hafez says…
“What is the key to untie the knot of your mind’s suffering? Act great. My dear, always act great.”
In other words… if you want to fell great, then act great or… fake it to your feel it. Whatever restates with you more. It’s kind of like working out a muscle, the more you use it the stronger it gets. The more you act great, the more you will be great.