How to Shine On

Remember this guy? This is what I looked like this weekend, The Hulk. I completely lost my mind on Saturday and turned into an evil person.  Why?  Because I was getting close to finishing a major part of my book proposal and a part of me was getting nervous that I might actually, gasp, succeed.

Sound familiar?  It happens to all of us, especially when we’re getting close to finally getting something we really want.  And then those negative voices inside our heads (or gremlins) start going crazy.  And suddenly we find we’re stuck in fear and worry and all the rest of those yucky feelings. And man is that an awful place to be.

So how do we get out of that place? Good question.  Part of it, I’m convinced, comes from recognizing when we’re operating out of fear, for sure.  Another part is just accepting all these different, competing parts going on inside of us.  Some of which probably served a purpose and helped protect us at some point in the past, and that’s why they’re going so crazy again now–because those same voices want to be heard.  Even if we no longer need their oh-so-enjoyable advice.

I’m going to write a longer post about this next week (when I have the time to do it more justice), but for now, I’m going to share a simple tool that helped me morph back into a regular non-green kind of person: music.  I know you’ve already heard me write about how much I love Michael Franti a zillion times, but I just have to say it again: the guy rocks. I’ve been listening to his album All Rebel Rockers this past week, and it never fails to inspire me.

If you’re having a Hulk-kind-of-a-day, try listening to these two songs: “Say Hey (I Love You)” and “I Got Love For You.”  I promise they’ll help lift you up and help you start to get back on track.  No matter what kind of journey you’re on.

Shine on, friends, shine on.

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2 Responses to How to Shine On

  1. Laurel Kallenbach March 22, 2012 at 1:41 pm #

    Music does indeed soothe the savage beast! (Or is it savage breast? Either works for me, I guess.) Thanks for the tip!

    • tpajevic March 22, 2012 at 2:37 pm #

      Talk about some cheap therapy, huh? I’ve been obsessed with Michael Franti this past year–his music almost always helps me feel better. Thanks for writing, Laurel!

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