Wrestling with “The Inner Me”

Happy Friday to all and to all a Happy Friday. If you found yourself in any area of life having been “too hard on yourself”, forgive you and give you another chance at being the best YOU that YOU can be. The following is a poem of sorts that I wrote some years back and today I felt compelled to add a few more lines to it. I suspect as I go on living this life and fighting these mind over matter battles, that this poem will continue to gain meaning and growth. There are so many things that I encounter and in each, fixed mindsets, fortified paradigms, stinking thinking, all come to wage their separate battles….. BUT I am determined and where persistence and determination resides = I shall THRIVE… ENJOY “Wrestling with The Inner Me”………

Sorting through the years of what went right and what went wrong, I was left wondering why it took so long. Well here comes the reality; before I could ever adorn my predestined crown, deliver this city or it’s failing town – I had to admit that “I am my own worst enemy”. Wrestling everyday, with what lies are told in the depth of “The Inner Me”.

Time and time again, overcome by my own fears. Portraying on the outside, what contradicts the layers of “The Inner Me”. For who can admit that they held court on themselves, and dared to come up with a guilty plea? But there it was, right there for all to see. The greatest bout of the century and both competitors were me.

Two steps forward; three steps back, a shuffle to the left and glide to the right, determined to win this fight. I regained my composure – barely able to see. Then it was inevitable; in my minds eye, of whom I might add, is now free. I heard a little voice say “‘wait that’s me”. It is me; it was me; it forever will be all because I am, my own worst enemy. ~written by janie

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Just Another Manic Monday….

On this Monday, I would like to give a tribute to Music….music that speaks to the relevancy of our days and helps to confirm the very thoughts of an unsettled mind. That music is “Manic Monday”….and rightfully so. If this title rings a bell with you, you’re correct in believing so. Manic Monday was recorded by “The Bangles, in 1986. The song was actually written by Prince Rogers Nelson (better known as Prince) and sent to the band to record. “Manic Monday,” describes the hustle and bustle of a 9-to-5 office job that comes to interrupt the well celebrated weekend (activities). The Lyrics of the song begins like this;

Six o’clock already
I was just in the middle of a dream
I was kissin’ Valentino
By a crystal blue Italian stream
But I can’t be late
‘Cause then I guess I just won’t get paid
These are the days
When you wish your bed was already made

It’s just another manic Monday
I wish it was Sunday
‘Cause that’s my fun day
My I don’t have to run day
It’s just another manic Monday

Now, what I would love to know is what office job, Prince may have had in mind or better yet what was his inspiration for this song? After all, by then he was an established musician/artist, with millions of fans. Well, we may never know why it is he saw fit to pen the words to this classic much less title it “Manic Monday’, but as it is let’s pause in a moment of silence, for Prince Rogers Nelson, (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016).

The word manic is “characterized by a sustained period of abnormally elevated or irritable mood, intense energy, racing thoughts, and other extreme and exaggerated behaviors“. A manic period could look like all of the above, wrapped up in the multitasking of several projects that lack serious thought and or planning. Such projects ultimately lead to a list of uncompleted tasks, busy-ness all hours of the day, and little regard for rest.

If this resembles you or someone you may know, it is definitely time for a MONDAY intervention. The following are suggestions for calming the manic Monday mind (or any day of the week): 1. Watch Your Thoughts– the very thing that you’re thinking about is often times the cause of further anxiety. We tend to exaggerate in thoughts the outcome of things to come and things that can not be changed. 2. Creating A Relaxing Space (physically/mentally) helps to create calmness in your mind. Meditation or Yoga techniques may help in this instance. 3. Finally seek Medical Care– If the manic behaviors results of a mental health condition. It is very important to seek consultation from a doctor, especially if the behavior continues over an extended period of time. My prayer is that this Monday and all week long – you are overcome with such peace and productivity, that even you are amazed. Enjoy Life, Live Proud, Live Free……. #janenotdoe

The Habits of Highly Effective People….

Former US President Dwight Eisenhower coined the concept known as The Eisenhower Principle. This Principle organized urgent tasks and important tasks based on their priority. The difference between the two are as follows;

  • Important tasks: are activities that lead to achieving your goals and have the greatest impact on your life.
  • Urgent tasks: are activities demand immediate attention, but are often associated with someone else’s agenda/goals rather than our own.

In 1994 Stephen Covey once again introduced the Eisenhower concept in his popular book; The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People (a favorite on my book shelf). Would you agree that those who manage their time well are also those who are highly effective? I encourage you to take the time now (mid~week), to once again re-focus and refine your tasks or to do’s for the remainder of the week. Remember to prioritize what will have the greatest impact on your life’s purpose versus what is someone else’s personal agenda. By staying true to your own course, the desires of your heart and overall visions will soon be manifested.

We find ourselves mid~week and upon the eve of the next Presidential Inauguration, a historical one no doubt. With three more days in the week – I hope that this post and our ” Managing Mondays All Week Longpost has given some insightful inspiration regarding everyday habits and how highly effective they can be…… #staysafe #Janenotdoe

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