Want to change the world? Make your bed.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Start your day in a definite way.

I was intrigued bythe headline above and was hooked after reading the first paragraph.

Writer Jenee Osterheldt had this to sa:

“I made my bed this morning. And that’s rare. Unfortunately. As I straightened out the blankets, tucked the sheets just so and fluffed my pillows, I shook off last nights’ sleep and my constant resistance to being a morning person. This tiny task had a big benefit: It woke me up to the day, to the possibilities ahead”

Jenee went on to say she was inspired by a speech given to a graduating class at the University of Texas by US Navy Seal Admiral William H McRaven, who said, “If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride and will encourage you to do another and another. By the end of the day that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter.”

He continues “If you can’t do the little things right, you’ll never do the big things right. And If by chance, you have a miserable day, you will come home to a bed that is made - that you made - and a made bed gives you encouragement that tomorrow will be better”

It resonated strongly with me because, like the writer Jenee, I had gotten out of the habit. Now I’m practising it again and it’s energising. Just like doing some exercise, it gives me a physical and mental boost. No matter what else happens in the day, I’ve achieved something positive. And one good thing leads to another.

What was it our parents said? – “Tidy your room” The great thing is – make your bed and you’re already half way there.

If you want to change the world, start where you spend almost one third of your life – your bed. Make it happen.

Have a great week.

Sunlight is the best medicine.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Sunshine the best medicine

Spring has well and truly sprung. You don’t have to go far to hear, feel and even smell it in the air. Trees are blossoming, birds are singing, the grass is greening. You might have noticed the days getting longer or the washing drying quicker. Is it just me, or does everything feel like it’s looking up? Is it just Spring in the air? There might be more to that than we think.

Did you know that some people suffer from depression only during the winter months and recover fully when the season ends? It’s called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). People with SAD start to improve in the spring. Studies show that light hitting the back of the eye (retina) stimulates the brain to reduce melatonin, increase serotonin and reset the circadian rhythm. No wonder we’re getting a spring in our step!

Vitamin D is essential for strong bones, muscles and overall health. We all know about the link between too much UV exposure and skin cancer, but did you know, sunshine is the best natural source of vitamin D? In fact, UV radiation from the sun is necessary for the production of vitamin D in the skin. It’s also free. Couple that with the benefits of going for a walk and you’ve got a great energy boost. Be sun smart of course, even at this time of year, go outside of peak UV times – morning or late afternoon.

This week, take the time to welcome Spring. Go for a walk around the block, or to your favourite spot. Aside from all of the health benefits, you never know what you might see - and hear (REMEMBER ;- Unplug before you go). Stop and “smell the roses” and admire the pride someone takes in their yard – even if it’s not your thing! 

Have a great week


Look for the silver lining

Friday, June 29, 2012

People of a certain age will remember the famous quote: “Life wasn’t meant to be easy”.

If you’re like me you’ll sometimes sit and wish it wasn’t so. Yet when we ponder it a little more deeply we realise that it has to be this way. Without black and  white, the other colours would have no meaning. Without hard times, the good times can’t even, by definition, exist.

I find a great way to manage day to day is, whenever something goes wrong, to stop and ask myself “Where is the positive in this?”

Every situation has  a positive and negative; every cloud a silver lining. The glass is both half full and half empty; every coin has two sides. Virtues like compassion and courage can’t even exist without danger, pain and fear. That’s how the world works.

The challenge is  to find the 'good' and focus on it.

Even the very worst-seeming things have positive potential. The trick is to develop a mindset where, whenever we are met with a challenge, we take the time and effort to look for the opportunity, the opening door, the silver lining.  

I’ll give an example. Quite recently I crashed and wrote off my Dads’ car. Apart from the good fortune that no one was hurt, I was absolutely mortified (not to mention all sorts of other things) at what I had done. It was a good car that he loved and was going to last him the rest of his driving days. And, understandably, he WAS upset.  But within 24 hours both Dad and I were both really happy with how things were turning out.

Doing all the things you have to do after an accident—organising the towing, doing the paperwork, looking for a replacement vehicle—became quality time we hadn't had for years. Among other things we ran into a number of old friends neither of us had seen in ages.

Starting this week, I want to challenge us all to look at every 'seeming negative' differently for the next week. Every time something registers in your conscious as a pain or a hassle look for the silver lining.    

A few examples can be if you're stuck in a queue, take the opportunity to smile at the people around you, or use the time to think of something nice, like what's for dinner (one of my favourite daydreams). If something breaks at home than you get to practise your handy man skills or get that replacement you've just been waiting for an excuse for..

I know it can sound corny or simplistic, but it really does work. Try it for a week and see, it can take real effort at first, but... go on, just one week.

 All the Best,


Communicate for Healthy Relationships

Friday, June 15, 2012

This series of weekly blogs are inspired by the lyrics of the song Every Single Day. Click here to have a listen and grab your free download.

I've been flat out this week so today's blog has been written by my niece, Simone. All the best - Kim. 

When I was younger I spent a fair chunk of time being upset with my friends because I felt they didn’t do as much for me as I did them. How often are you upset with the important people in your life because you feel neglected or taken for granted, rejected or forgotten?

I think we all have days where it seems like no-one cares, where it feels like if they did then they would obviously call, or invite you out for coffee, or drop by and visit. The important thing to realise is that everyone has their own stuff to deal with and that takes up the majority of their thoughts, if you want something specific from them you can’t expect them to just know. You need to COMMUNICATE your desires to them. Just because you remembered to send them a birthday card does not entitle you to receive one in return. Perhaps they’ve been having a bad day, or week, at work and sending a card is the last thing on their minds. This doesn’t mean they don’t love and appreciate your friendship. It means that sometimes, everyone has to think of themselves first, otherwise where do they get the energy for others?

Communicating with the important people in our lives means not expecting them to ‘just know’ what you’re upset about, or what you want for your birthday. It means that sometimes you can’t expect them to remember it’s ‘their’ turn to call or visit. If you want to talk to them, then you call. If you want to see them, you visit. Make your needs known for a healthy relationship.

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