48 Heart-Centered Hours

September 12, 2016

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I’d like to propose a challenge. No, wait. That sounds daunting. Let me try again. I’d like to invite you to join me for two days of pure positivity. Forty-eight little hours of looking for and at only the good stuff. Of ignoring what isn’t beautiful. I’m not asking you to give up misery forever. Forty-eight hours and one minute from now, you are welcome to seek out all the stuff that makes you angry, sad, frustrated, and worried, but for two days, let’s sweep all that under the rug and then dance atop it. What do you say, are you in?

It’s best to begin your 48 heart-centered hours smack dab in the middle of your noisy, messy, over-scheduled, under-rested, the cat just vomited on the sofa, complicated life. Does that sound like now? Good. It wouldn’t have nearly the impact were you to don your rose colored glasses while lounging on the beach.

There aren’t any rules, but we might want to go over the basics. This isn’t a directive to change anything in your life except your view. There’s no need to distance yourself from the people, places, and situations you currently hold responsible for spiking your blood pressure and feeding your belief that the world is going to hell in a handbasket. Rather, it’s an exercise in standing steady in the midst of life and actively noticing what you might sometimes miss while you’re busy grumbling about the noise, mess, and injustice. Kindness, innocence, beauty, wisdom, laughter, truth, and love—they’re all there. Look closely. Focus. Notice.

Got those glasses ready? Okay, on the count of three, let’s pop them on. One. Two. Three!

Take a good look around and remember, wear ‘em for the full 48 hours. Let’s report back in a couple of days.

 

Warmly,

Beth

 

 

 

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29 Comments

  1. Reply

    Julie

    8:23 PM Monday September 12, 2016 – I am so in! Love this Beth!

    1. Reply

      Beth

      Wonderful! Please come back and share your observations in a couple of days!

  2. Reply

    Ralph

    this is right up my alley! generally speaking, this is the way I live every day–pollyanna ain’t got nuthin’ on me

    1. Reply

      Beth

      I see the good stuff too, Ralph. I think that’s exactly why I’m a happy person. I do grumble some too, though–but not for the next two days. 🙂

  3. Reply

    Malcolm Campbell

    I hope this doesn’t mean I can’t think about the bad guys in my story in progress. 🙂 However, I won’t grumbled about them.

    1. Reply

      Beth

      Perfect. And you might note that the one has the most beautiful blue eyes and that other guy sings like an angel. 😀

  4. Reply

    Deborah

    You have no clue how pertinent this is at this moment. I had been trying to figure out how to handle a situation with “one of our little guys”, and the minute I read this I knew I need to step back these next 48hrs and re-evaluate the what and how of the situation. Open my heart and think smart. You are one wise woman!

    1. Reply

      Beth

      I hope looking for the good in it shows you the way to proceed with love, Deb. Come back in a few days for an update?

  5. Reply

    Jay Lawson

    You’re asking me to take a step back from my learning about the education system. 😉

    Alright, 48 hours. I’ll try.

    1. Reply

      Beth

      You don’t necessarily have to stop what you’ve been doing, Jay. Just open yourself up to noticing the best of it. The people who give so much and the communities and friendships formed by even deeply flawed systems. There’s lots of goodness in there.

  6. Reply

    Kat

    I love how you always look at the positive side of everything. I try but have been struggling lately. Maybe I needed this. ❤

    1. Reply

      Beth

      My desire to look at the good stuff is entirely selfish, Kat. My life is happier when I do that, so why would I do anything else? I hope you find your happy face.

  7. Reply

    Vanessa

    I’m in… great timing…. You are an angel. Thanks!

    1. Reply

      Beth

      Yay! Please come back in a few days to update how it went!

  8. Reply

    Amy McMunn

    I just saw this—have I missed out on 48 hours of group positivity? If so, well, I’ll just go solo!

    1. Reply

      Beth

      You’re right on time, Amy. And really, I hope everyone who reads this will do it, no matter when they pop in. 🙂

  9. Reply

    Ileene Pickett

    Im in….

    1. Reply

      Beth

      Wonderful! Please come back in a few days to share your observations!

  10. Reply

    Julie

    Been awesome, going to do my best to live this way all the time. Thank you for posting this and help to push some of us in the right direction. Stress free is best for me!

    1. Reply

      Beth

      Oh Jul, I’m so glad! And thank you for coming back to update! ♥

  11. Reply

    Beth

    Update: My 48 hours are just about up. I don’t usually have to try to see beauty and goodness, so I didn’t really expect much of anything new over the two days of conscious connection. It’s not that my life is free from challenges, but my default mode is to draw close to what feels right and good, which of course fades the rest nicely into the distant background. Lesser moments are but fleeting blips on my radar.

    That being said, last night I found myself feeling unheard and annoyed. Instead of a blip, I felt mired in muck, so I looked for the good. I searched for a better angle—one that would redirect me from my slump back to recognizing and basking in the blessings I normally keep at the forefront. It didn’t come easy. Nope, I thought, nothing.

    I didn’t and don’t want to deny my feelings. I’m not a fan of “fake it ‘til you make it.” So despite my commitment to looking only at the good, I wallowed a bit. Reconsidered a fistful of major life decisions I’ve made. Felt a little angry. Let it build and felt angrier. Finally, I took a hot shower and went to bed. Tomorrow is another day.

    After a fitful night, I got up with the alarm. Still tired and now with a headache. I took another shower and then gave myself 20 minutes of quiet. The good stuff I couldn’t find last night started to come back into view. It’s bigger than the rest. I see again what I couldn’t see last night. I’m back on track.

    How did YOUR 48 hours go?

  12. Reply

    Jay Lawson

    Horribly. I feel like I’m swimming against a current, and I’m unable to make any real progress at the moment. Honestly, I completely forgot about the challenge when I awoke the next morning until now. What I need is some augmented glasses which, when I put them on, have positive thoughts overlaying people and my own thoughts.

    1. Reply

      Beth

      “…positive thoughts overlaying people and my own thoughts.” Boom! It’s the “my own thoughts” part that counts.

      Sometimes it really does take focused effort and a willingness to flat-out refuse to engage ourselves (mentally and emotionally, even if not outwardly) in the crud. I’m usually really good at it–a natural–but as you can see in my update above, I’m not immune to letting myself feed the wrong mindset.

      Thanks for coming back to check in, Jay.

      1. Reply

        Jay Lawson

        I apologize for not commenting on your update. I really don’t have the mental energy. But I’m glad you’re back on track. Like you said, tomorrow is another day. I’ll try again.

        <3 you, my friend.

  13. Reply

    Tammy Minnis

    Well crap. I guess I need this right now. I’m in starting tomorrow at 8:30 am central time.

    1. Reply

      Beth

      I’ll do it with you!

  14. Reply

    Tammy Minnis

    Just for the honest record. I don’t think I remembered to do this. I need a do over.

    1. Reply

      Beth

      Let’s do it!

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