This show surrounded the small town of Hooterville and the happenings of The Shady Rest Hotel, operated by Kate Bradley, who had three daughters to support. Oh yes, and who could forget Uncle Joe Carson, "who was movin' kinda slow," the brain behind every great idea.
Actually, it was Uncle Joe who came to mind this morning. If you are unfamiliar with him, Uncle Joe did a lot of thinking on the front porch -- with his eyes closed. Back then it was a great piece of comedy, however, knowing what I know now, the concept was brilliant.
When the mind gets quiet, it rids itself of all the noise and clamor, all of the unwanted and useless thoughts. But what also happens room is made for new thoughts and fresh ideas to come in. Uncle Joe was actually meditating! Now, if you've seen the show (you can find clips on YouTube if you haven't), you know that Uncle Joe came up with some pretty hair-brained schemes. Nonetheless, however, the ideas always seemed to give way to credence.
As I write this post, it is the week prior to the new year. In my online travels I've read many items on the social mediums where the author is relaying guilt about not doing anything for their business. (I've also had recent conversations with colleagues concerning this, as well.)
The revelation of my morning quiet gave way to answers to many questions I myself had. For instance, what I needed for promoting my transition course to the employment office and my church later today, and what I was going to say when walking in those two doors.
The last few days have been very productive for me, unlike the last few weeks when I felt tired and stressed and everything in between, especially for not having the enthusiasm wrapped around the business as I should have.
Two things about the above paragraph I tell those who follow or hire me: 1) Remove the word "should" from your vocabulary; it only holds you back, keeping you from taking steps forward; and 2) Know that wherever you are, no matter how you are feeling, you are OK. Give yourself permission to be in that place where you currently are. You will receive no greater gift. Trust me on this one.
The following is an exercise for you.
When your day begins to get a bit wonky and you feel out of sorts, take a few moments for yourself. Sit in your favorite chair or lie down. Close your eyes. Take three deep and cleansing breaths, more if you need to. Let your mind empty. Watch as those thoughts leave the space. Stay in the emptiness as long as you can and then relax. Welcome any new thoughts and ideas. Feel your body go limp, the stress has left. You are now able to open your eyes, get up and move on with your next steps, no matter what they look like.
Let me know how the above exercise worked for you or if you've done this relaxation technique before, share your results. I'd love to hear about your experience.
“Thinking: The talking of the soul with itself.”
Peggy Lee Hanson, personal transition guide and mentor, is expert at compassionately helping those suffering loss of any proportion, especially through unemployment. Using proven strategies and support, she teaches how to move quickly and easily through current or impending life-changing moments so that you can have the life you are meant -- and deserve -- to live.
PeggyLee is a Speaker, Best-selling author on Amazon.com, Certified Dream Coach® & Group Leader®, Trained True Purpose Coach®, and CEO and Founder of MyDreamArchitect.com, a subsidiary of Personal Transition Guidance, LLC. Also, Peggy Lee is co-facilitator and co-owner of the Coaches Circle Mastermind groups and is a regular columnist for the online community of DreamUniversity.com. She is a member of the International Coach Federation and Toastmasters International.
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