I’m getting to know the #South.
I know her curves in #spring
with her #orchestra of #color.
She introduces #white to begin
with bouquets of popcorn on the Bradford trees
They echo in rows
down streets and alleys
in mid March.
Daffodils chime in providing a consistent tune, humming sweetly
Bright yellow describing her mood
Spring sings softly at first
The band ups the tempo
#Dogwood blooms blanket
Tucked into canopies like bundles of babies, skin so soft and velvety
Soon the #azaleas will burst thorough
In bright patterns of pink,
reds, and pastel hues
their tiny antenna will peek through buoyant, crisp buds
April will sing tenure. Loud
Songs will shift, taking turns
Synchronizing patterns we barely notice
Until we sneeze and see yellow dust everywhere
#Spring training has begun
And just like that — the tiger lilies bloom — ushering in July’s heat and passion.
I am trying to embrace my “optimal productive mode.” I heard that term tonight in Steve and Chris’s UnStuckable podcast. Great website and certainly a great motivational tool and blueprint to start taking the steps in your life to get unstuck and move towards your dharma dreams. Check UnStuckable out. You won’t regret it and it’s all free.
This post by Deepok Chopra influenced my thoughts this week as well. I am trying to change some negative thinking patterns I have. That damn inner critic of mine really needs to be assassinated. Crazy how we (I am speaking for all of the negative misfit chorus girls that inhabit my mind) listen to those awful misinformed and drastically uneducated voices. Sadly, I give the microphone to the worst voice — the voice of my inner critic. Perhaps it is easier to listen to that voice and give in so I don’t have to go beyond that voice. I am a work in progress and I am really starting to see how healthy habits can have a profound effect on quieting the negative voices.
The positive voice, my opera singing beauty, can really sing — when I let her. That voice challenges me, makes me stretch. Makes me happy. Makes me uncomfortable for all the right reasons. She makes me grow. And I’m putting my money on her.
The inner critic does not challenge me, only limits me. (Do I should like Yoda because I really feel like I channeled him there?)
Anyway, my optimal productive mode is the now. I am a now-blaster. If I don’t do things now, then I usually put them off and they get lost in the archive of then. I work on now. That’s just me and it’s how I perform better, so I am going to embrace it.
My inner critic tells me I overshare or I share too much on social media. My inner critic tells me that I need too much attention. My inner critic tells me that nobody cares and my friends on Facebook want me to stop and to give them a break. The chorus goes on and they leg kick my self-esteem. How can I get them to shut the f up? I’ll tell you — by playing different music — by listening to thought leaders and positive people. Steve and Chris talked about hanging out with like minded people in their podcast. It works. Misery loves company and positives like people.
Back to the ping pong game in my head — my “leading indicator” voice (the positive voice) tells me that overhearing is one of my optimal productive modes. Oversharing is my verb of action. Now is my adverb. So I embrace it and usher in the heat and the passion of my dreams, my goals, and all the beauty that is me. The misfit chorus can exit stage left.
Tiger Lilly Parade of Prose
“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill
“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” – Anais Nin
“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” – Thomas Edison
“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” –Buddha
“Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.” – Francesca Reigler
“If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.” – Henry Ford
“The difference in winning and losing is most often…not quitting.” – Walt Disney
What flower or thing do you equate with July? What tree? What favorite food? Care to share? Post a comment. Feel to ramble on your rose prose.