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by ruwth
Rated: 18+ · Book · Contest Entry · #2145363
I will be adding stories, poems & reflections as the year marches on. Take a gander today!
#976144 added March 17, 2020 at 9:57am
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~ Three Things That Worked ~

As I have walked the path of life, I have stumbled upon a few things that have made my life a better place to be. Some may sound silly. Others are more serious. All of these strategies work for me and might just work for you, too.

Let's start with a silly one: smile. It sounds simple enough, eh? "Smile, it releases endorphins." is a saying my kids have heard me say hundreds of times. Why? Simply because it works. The act of putting my facial muscles in the shape of a smile releases feel-good chemicals into my system and helps me to feel good!

Another action that has consistently helped me to feel better is: to be quiet—inside my head. The Bible tells us to take every thought into captivity. I have learned I can better control my thoughts when I take time to regularly be quiet. Some might call it meditating. I just see it as exercising the ability to choose what I think about.

Focusing on my own thoughts, my own words and my own actions versus what other people are saying and doing has been one of the most freeing things I have done in my life. I get to choose to act rather than react. It helps me to function within the principles of the Serenity Prayer—recognizing the difference between what I can change and what I can't.

Serenity comes to me every time I choose to practice these three things. Peace that passes understanding is mine because the three stategies actually serve to put a real smile on my face. It is more than an exercise. It is a way of life.





Written for "Write An Essay About....
Prompt: Write an essay about YOU.

Three Things:

1. Smile
2. Be quiet inside my head.
3. Focus on my own thoughts, feelings and actions.



~ ~ ~ JESUS is LORD! ~ ~ ~




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