Are You Good at Saying YES to Change?
No, when it comes to saying yes to change, unless the change is easy and works directly in my favor, I’m not very good.
Especially when it comes to changing character traits and life-long modes of operations. Oh, especially not then.
I’m better than I used to be, but still a long way from where I want to be.
Lucky for me–and for you–that occasionally an inspirational guidebook falls from the plethora of self-help, make-yourself-better, find-your-nirvana shelf.
Alex Blackwell’s Saying YES to Change, 10 Timeless Life Lessons for Creating Positive Change, is that guidebook.
Two reasons why I’m recommending Alex’s gem
One, Saying YES to Change is a guide of lessons, not a how-to description of what the reader should do to become a better person. Alex shares his experience, strength and hope (as we say in the rooms of 12-step recovery) with honesty and integrity.
Two, Alex’s book is an extension of his blog, The Bridgemaker, Simple Paths to Positive Change, where he consistently writes directly from his heart. Alex has lived each of the lessons he enumerates. His crowning achievement–and his unspoken prayer for his readers–is a firm foundation of faith and an unshakeable belief in the power of love.
Snippets from Saying YES to Change
I’ve had the pleasure of working with Alex several times. The Bridgemaker has hosted a couple of my articles and he has helped promote this blog. We share some of the same philosophies and approaches to living; his words move me and it’s my hope that you’ll find his writing as inspirational as I do.
If this sounds like an endorsement, it is. You’ll read a few excerpts in just a moment. After you do, please head over to The Bridgemaker where you’ll find Alex’s 10 reasons to buy the book and information on its available formats (I’m proud to own my very own autographed copy!)
And now, yummy tidbits to whet your appetite for Saying YES to Change:
Here’s something I’ve learned the hard way: If your heart is to connect with the hearts of others, you have to be the one to make the connection. It is up to you to create and live the life you want.
Often, the moment when personal change begins is like thunder. We are startled by what we keep down deep inside of us. We become surprised by its noise when it finally demands our attention. We are shocked by its force and energy. But the noise is a signal: it’s time to deal with what lives hidden in our unconscious. It’s time for change.
When we allow ourselves to be human and give our spirit the grace and mercy it deserves, we are in a better position to reframe self-limiting thoughts and keep them from defining who we are.
Our prisons of pain are built one brick at a time. Each brick represents an upsetting moment, a damaging word, or a self-limiting belief. These prisons keep us from a life that is waiting; these prisons keep us from freedom.
Our lives can be anything we choose to make them. We can struggle with the complexity or we can delight in the simplicity. We can be overwhelmed by the ugliness or we can celebrate the beauty. I choose to look for the beauty.
“Live life to the fullest” might sound like cliché advice, but it’s the most important thing you can do to find happiness. When my life comes to an end, I don’t want to leave anything on the field. On my last day, I want to be carried off with my chin strap still tightly fastened. I want to leave the field lifting my eyes to where my spirit is heading next, not looking back in regret. I want to leave the field without any terms or conditions placed on my soul.