Difficult Day

Let’s get real. Do you ever have difficult days? I may be “The Affirmation Guy,” but I sure do. I’m not full of sunshine 24/7, as my wife can attest. I have things that don’t go as I planned. I say things and think things that aren’t productive. I struggle with the hard work and setbacks that happen when we chase our dreams. I just refuse to let the negativity win.

I’m blessed and cursed with Addison’s Disease, sporadic psoriasis, and a few after-effects from Lyme’s Disease and Anaplasmosis. There are days where it feels like they’re tag-teaming me with no legal man in the proverbial ring. They sap me of my energy and hammer with me with pain that seems to come from every joint in my body.

When I was 25 the Addison’s nearly, and probably should have killed me. I mean I was literally laying in what might have been my deathbed. The physician said he’d. Ever seen anyone with electrolytes as low as mine who was still alive.

The past 24 hours have been one of those days, as we celebrated our grandson’s first birthday back in Kansas and are traveling back to Boston tonight. The pain, fatigue, and discomfort came for a visit.

I’m not telling you this to elicit sympathy. I’m telling you this encourage you not to give up. We all have challenges. Yours may be greater or less than mine, but we all have things that can hold us back if we allow it.

I’m proud of the what I’ve been able accomplish in life despite these challenges. Some days I lose to the discomfort and fatigue. Most days I fight through. I keep on keeping on. I refuse to give in. I choose to make my dent.

Whatever you’re dealing with, know this. You can and you are making your dent. That’s what you’re here to do. The clouds that come with that are not there to block the sunshine. They’re there to help you appreciate it more.

Be well and let’s make Monday an amazing day!

Ray

Friday Night Reflection

April and I are on planes again this weekend. Right now we’re on our way from St. Louis to Kansas City. Our eventual destination this weekend is Derby, KS where we’ll celebrate the first birthday of our first grandson.

Friday night has always been reflection time for me. It’s a chance to look back over the week and ponder the progress you’ve made or just the mystical journey itself.

What do you have to celebrate this Friday night? If you look closely enough and really reflect, I think you’ll be surprised how much you have to celebrate.

Good things are on the way, my friends, and the year is still young.

Here’s an affirmation for you to reflect upon.

The more I reflect on what I have to celebrate the more I have to celebrate.

Have a splendid evening and I’ll talk to you again soon.

Ray

Sleep Well…

Sleep well knowing…

  • You did your best today.
  • You’ll do better tomorrow.
  • You’re making progress on your goals.
  • You’re thinking bigger than ever before.
  • Your purpose is clear.
  • There are NO mistakes.
  • Everything is working for your good.
  • Whatever you need is coming your way.

 

 

Friday Evening Reflection – Fake Teddy Roosevelt and Getting Older

teddy-roosevelt-becomes-presidentApril and I are home this week sandwiched between two trips. Those are always the moments when I need to stay grounded to get things done. I’ve done pretty well this week.

I’ve noticed a pattern lately. I keep learning interesting things and having the same thought, “I wish I’d known that 20 years ago.” I love being 54. There’s more freedom than there’s been since my 20s, but there are times, I don’t know about you, when I wish I could back the clock up a decade or two and have more time to get all the things done I still want to get done on this Earth.

So, here’s my advice to me this evening and I hope it may resonate with you as well. It’s a quote wrongly attributed to Teddy Roosevelt, though it came from his autobiography. The actual source is Squire Billy Widener.

It’s been one of my favorites through the years and spot on to answer this angst I have about wanting have that extra time.

Do what you can, with what you’ve got, where you are.

As much as we’d love to relive those years, our direction is forward not back. All of our goals and aspirations are there for us whether we’re 24 or 54 or 94. Breathing is the only requirement to have another chance. Breath is hope. Hope is possibility. Possibility is everything!

Have a great evening, my friends. Thanks for reading and for your support!

Ray

P.S. If you’re a golfer or know one, please check out my newly posted Golf Affirmations video over on YouTube. Be sure to use headphones. I’d love your feedback.

Evening Reflection – Accomplishment

As your head hits the pillow this evening, give yourself some credit for all you accomplished today. Accept and release what you didn’t get done. There’s always tomorrow. Feel your goodness. Feel your greatness.

Feel the joy and the peace that comes from knowing you did your best. Rest now for tomorrow is another bold step on your journey.