I am a bundle of joy, and people love to see me enter the room.
~ Louise Hay
We begin this week with a visit from the Babylonian goddess Ishtar, who advises us to look at our own motivations before we agree to take on one more project. She says, “If you are saying ‘yes’ out of guilt or a sense of obligation, STOP! This is not truly being of service and will only lead to anger and resentment later on. If you are not able to give freely, with an open and loving heart, you are not really giving.” She says that if you have difficulty turning people down when they come to you for assistance, whether it’s someone asking you to head up the PTA or Girl Schout troup this school year, a friend asking you to help them move - again, or your boss assigning you extra work projects, it is time to examine the boundaries in your life. She says, “If you do not have the time, energy AND desire to take on an extra project, then the healthy thing to do is to say ‘no.’ It may be very difficult to do at first, but for your own health and sanity, it is a step you must take.” She goes on, explaining to me that when we take on projects that we really don’t want to do, we are literally injecting poison into our relationship with the person who asked us for assistance in the first place. She says, “Even if you aren’t consciously aware of it, when you give unwillingly, your bitterness over having been robbed of your time and energy will bleed into your relationship. This may manifest as harsh words, short tempers, not doing as good a job as you could have done or exploding emotionally when you have reached your limit.” She explains that saying ‘no’ may be difficult, but in the long run it will probably save you AND your relationships.
You are BRAVER
than you believe
than you seem
than you think
& twice as
as you’d ever
~ ’ Lets Inspire ’ - Affirmations And Quotes
We begin the week with a message of “Self-Forgiveness,” reminding us that it is human to fall short of our goals and to make mistakes. The important thing is to view ourselves, flaws and all, with love and compassion. When you find yourself running down that list of all your shortcomings, comparing yourself to others, or beating yourself up for not being perfect, ask yourself, “Would I talk to my best friend like this? Would I allow someone else to talk to my best friend like this?” If the answer is “no” (and it should be!), you have to remind yourself that YOU are your own best friend. Don’t allow your best friend to be treated this way! Negative self-talk is as good as a negative affirmation to the Universe, telling it that you are unworthy and uninterested in joy, prosperity, energy and all the things you want and need in your life! The mermaids say, “When you find yourself saying negative things about yourself, immediately stop and say ‘Cancel that!’ then replace the negative statement with a positive affirmation. This will counter the negative energy and boost your self-esteem.”