5 Tools to B U

Forgive me; I’m feeling frisky this morning and couldn’t resist the title.

I think I’m just so damned relieved that the “decade since 9/11” thing is over. I absolutely mean no disrespect–and anyone who knows me knows that’s true–but can we please move on?

I think we’re all ready.

I woke this morning thinking that there are many things I strive to be, do and have. I also realized at a cellular level that I put a ton of energy into contradicting those things.

Poo on me.

There I go, having to be responsible for my life again. Just when I think I have managed to shirk those duties, there is is, eyeball-to-eyeball staring me in the face.

My life.

I am mindful on this Mindful Monday that while I believe there’s a possibility I’ll get to live another life in some way or form when this one is done, I don’t know that for sure. Besides, who’s to say my next life won’t be as a turtle or a nun. It’s doubtful I’ll simply get to carry on with this present incarnation. Don’t know that for sure either, I’m just saying that is probably the case.

I’d better focus on this life.

So, I’ve made a decision prompted by my friend Mastin Kipp who writes The Daily Love (I say he’s my friend although we’ve never met–yet).

Mastin posted this quote on today’s TDL:

“Be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. Talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet. Make all your friends feel there is something special in them. Look at the sunny side of everything. Think only of the best, work only for the best, and expect only the best. Be as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own. Forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future. Give everyone a smile. Spend so much time improving yourself that you have no time left to criticize others. Be too big for worry and too noble for anger.”

Christian D. Larsen, the guy who said these astounding words, was a New Thought leader and teacher. Although I consider myself a student of New Thought (Don’t you love that phrase? It implies that certain ways of thinking have become new and improved), I’ve never heard of Mr. Larsen.

But this morning, this New Thought dead guy has helped make my thinking become new and improved.

You’re probably wondering when I’m going to get to the 5 Tools to B U.

Christian Larsen’s words are Tool #2.

Tool #1 to B U is The Daily Love. Like I said, I haven’t met Mastin Kipp yet but he’s a 28-year-old love machine and I can’t wait. His daily dose of tell-it-like-it-is rarely fails to help me look at how I want SO MUCH to be me.

Tool #3 is something else I read today–one of those links within a link within a link. See if you can follow this:

My friend Mary Jaksch (another person I’ve never met, but we have at least communicated electronically and she knows my name) is a blogger extraordinaire, an intuitive entrepreneur and an all-around tremendous woman of substance. Gosh, I hope she reads this post! Even if she doesn’t, Mary’s work, including the new,  A-List Blog Marketing, co-written with Barrie Davenport of Live Bold and Bloom and endorsed by Leo Babauta of Zen Habits, are all Honorary Tools today–and I mean “tools” in the best of ways!

Anyway, in today’s A-List Blog Marketing post, Mary refers to Sonia Simone who, in her Complete Flakes Guide to Getting Things Done, writes:

“If you need to turn yourself around in a major way, this is how you can do it.
Step 1. Get nice and clear about what you want.
Step 2. Get completely, impeccably, bullshit-free clear about where you are now, with respect to that.
Please note that there is not a follow-up step called “beat yourself to a bloody stump about not being where you want to be.”

So, that’s Tool #3 to B U.

Tool #4 is Melody Beattie’s The Language of Letting Go. Melody’s work has been a part of my life for decades. I know that in order for me to be me, I need to let you B U. Enough said about that.

And finally, Tool #5 to B U is this nifty little Apple tool called WriteRoom. Leo (one of my Honorary Tools) turned me on to this distraction-free word processing software that is completely RAD (that’s a Mastin phrase!). I’m actually composing this post in WriteRoom on my iPad (with the equally RAD Tablet Keyboard for iPad). This tool makes today’s list because it’s fun, it’s hip and it’s simple–all three things I want to be today.

And since this entire post is about how to be me today (and how you can B U), there you have it.

Five tools instead of five quotes on Mindful Monday.

Let me know your tools to B U. I have many more, by the way, and I may just share later.

Make it a Magically Mag Mindful Monday!

B Well & Present,
Beth

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