What if?

    What if?What if instead of …

    *pushing the boundaries to no avail, you found contentment within them?

    *jumping to conclusions, you took a step back to change your perspective?

    *rising to the bait, you mentally counted until the bait got bored and slithered away?

    *worrying and fussing over what isn’t, you reveled and enjoyed what is?

    *cranking up the volume to tune out, you turned it off to tune in?

    Laugh More*being mean to yourself while nice to others, you were nice to yourself as well?

    *focusing on all the reasons your idea wouldn’t work, you explored its possibilities?

    *haranguing yourself over the past and panicking about the future, you lived in the present?

    *taking inventory of all you don’t have, you gave thanks for all you do have?

    *hanging onto antiquated beliefs, you let them go?

    And finally, What if you laughed more and cried less?

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    Tracy L - October 9, 2013 - 3:27 am

    Wise but gentle reminders that we have a choice in the way we think/react to everything in our lives. Loved this Tonya, and I have to tell you, your art is such an important part of your story. Keep doing what you’re doing!

    erin - October 9, 2013 - 7:54 am

    very Buddhist and deeply spiritual gems of wisdom. This state of being you describe is where the miracles happen, no?
    I, too, delight in your doodles~
    With gratitude~

    Tana Bevan - October 9, 2013 - 1:47 pm

    Thank you for your kind words and encouragement Tracy. You’ve definitely inspire me to continue, both with the writing and the doodling. Appreciate you stopping by. Have yourself a WONDERFUL day. *smiles*

    Tana Bevan - October 9, 2013 - 1:50 pm

    Erin — I love the picturesque thought of “being in a state of being where miracles happen.” It sounds so lovely. So welcoming. A state of wonder and contentment. Thank you for sharing that lovely idea. It is an idea worth exploring (as I intend to).

    Sheila Bergquist - October 9, 2013 - 10:32 pm

    Great points, Tana. I especially need to follow the ” haranguing yourself over the past and panicking about the future, you lived in the present?” one!

    Tana Bevan - October 10, 2013 - 9:51 am

    It’s a wonder more people (yours truly included) don’t wind up with psychic whiplash from bouncing back and forth between the past and future. If (like me) on those rare occasions when they are in the present, life is so much smoother, they (like me) find it a good place to be … the Here and Now. That said, I wish you continuum of Here and Now. Thank you for stopping by and commenting Sheila.

    catherine gacad - October 10, 2013 - 12:14 pm

    i definitely need to laugh more, that’s for sure!

    Tana Bevan - October 10, 2013 - 12:35 pm

    Laughter is a good one, I agree. It’s a great feeling after you’ve had a good belly laugh.
    Hahaha *she primes the laughter pump*

    kath unsworth - October 10, 2013 - 6:22 pm

    Yes all of these things are important I need to talk less and write more lol.

    Tana Bevan - October 10, 2013 - 9:41 pm

    I hear you! No matter how you try to mix it up, sugar coat it, or rationalize why it’s so important to clean the grout, if you really want to write you need to sit and “just” write. May the Muse be with you! *smiles encouragingly as she realizes she too needs to sit down to “just” write*