One of the hardest things to do when you’re planning a wedding can be to let the wedding busy-ness go for a moment, and find time do something to uplift yourself and others. So here’s my challenge to you today. First, read the amazing post below from one of my favorite people…
Be the kind of person you want to be around.
Protect the names of others in the same way you would hope that they would protect your own.
Choose only to participate in conversation that uplifts, edifies and makes the world a better place.
Consciously turn down the volume on negative influences in your life. STOP WILLINGLY GIVING THEM POWER OVER YOU.
Focus on ways you can contribute to the wold in lasting and meaningful ways.
Concentrate on your unique gifts and talents and how you can use them to make real waves for good.
Forgive with your whole heart, even as you would seek forgiveness for your own mistakes. You need never be poisoned by the feelings of hate and revenge that come from an unforgiving heart and mind.
Love. Love yourself. Love others. Completely and without ulterior motive, fear or judgment.
Above design by Jane Riley.
Then, take a wedding planning pause, at least for a little while, and go do the following:
- Spend some time in a peaceful place. Take just 10 minutes to pray, meditate, read something inspiring, soak up the sun, all of the above…whatever you want to do to be in a place of peace and calm.
- Say something nice to someone. If you’ve ever gotten a random compliment from an unexpected source, you know how much this makes your day. Give that gift to someone today.
- Do something nice for someone. Side benefit: brightening someone else’s day makes your day too!
- Say something nice to yourself. We often spend too much time on negative self-talk. Today, say something nice to the person you spend the most time with: you!
- Do something nice for yourself. If you’re like many people, you’re happy to find time to do something for someone else, but feel guilty taking time to do something just for you. Don’t. You are SO WORTH IT!!! Take even a few minutes to do something that just makes you smile. Out of ideas? Some of my guaranteed smile-inducers including skipping, blowing bubbles (gum or bubble solution, your choice), and singing any of the following songs: Zippity Do Da; Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious; Heigh-Ho; or You Are My Sunshine. You can’t do it with a straight face, I promise!
You’ll be able to get back to the wedding to-do list with a lighter heart and more energy. Now, go out and have some fun!
P.S. This post is dedicated to Jaccie and Callie, two of my favorite modest brides who are getting married next month. In the midst of the final rush of planning, ladies, find time to enjoy the last few weeks of your journey to the altar! I can’t wait to celebrate with you both!!