“We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.”
This is one of my favorite quotes by Carlos Castaneda. I’ve had it sitting on my desk for a while — not sure how I was going to use it.
A member of my family was recently diagnosed with cancer. Her surgery went well and she doesn’t require any additional treatment, which is fantastic news. I have to believe her attitude has something to do with her outcome. Why is it some people get stuck, dwelling in misery, while others rise above and get strong?
Mind/Body Wellness expert Dr. Sue Morter would say we either believe the world is a good place or not, and that view determines our experience. What do you believe? I choose to believe people are basically good. That things generally work out for the best, even though they sometimes suck in the process.
Even in the darkest times, there is always light and a lesson at the other end if you are strong enough to work for it. Life is work, relationships are work, and children (without any question) are work. But are you working toward misery or toward strength and joy?
Embrace Your Heart and work to find your strength.
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Eliz Greene is the Busy Woman’s Guide to a Health. Drawing on her experience surviving a massive heart attack while seven-months pregnant with twins, struggling to lose the 80 pounds gained during her pregnancy, and her background as an adaptive movement specialist, Eliz developed simple strategies and tips to help other busy women be more active, eat better and manage your stress.
As the Director of the Embrace Your Heart Wellness Initiative, Eliz travels the country energizing and inspiring audiences in keynotes and workshops on women’s heart health. She writes one of the top 100 health and wellness blogs. Find more at www.EmbraceYourHeart.com
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