Saturday, May 28, 2011

A Delicious Recipe to Add Zest to Your Life

My best friend makes amazing chocolate chip cookies. Instead of adding the recommended quantity  of chocolate chips, she adds tons of chips so that every bite is overflowing with the taste of chocolate. Sweet! I much prefer these cookies to store bought ones where there’s just a lot of cookie and hardly any chips....why skimp on the chips when those are the best part of the cookie?

The other day I got to thinking about how sometimes in life, there is a lot of the cookie but only a few morsels of sweetness...the chocolate chips seem to be few and far between.  Maybe the weather has been cold and rainy for a long time or work has been particularly stressful. Maybe a relationship has hit hard times and the love that used to be there seems to have melted away.  Maybe there’s a time of injury or illness.

When life lacks the sweetness we crave, we have a choice. We can either complain, believe we are powerless and engage in the victim type of “poor me” thinking, OR we can choose to respond with positive thoughts.  Do we want more pleasant circumstances, more joy, and more abundance? Then we need to shift our thinking and add these “chocolate chips” to our life even when we don’t feel like it – especially when we don’t feel like it. We need to watch our thoughts and make sure they aren’t going down the path of annoyance, frustration, depression and irritation.

As I’ve mentioned in past posts, author Louise L. Hay has some wonderful affirmations (think of them like chocolate chips) which we can add to our thinking to enhance the flavour of our lives. I bought her book, I Can Do It, at the I Can Do It Conference I attended in Toronto a few weeks ago. The book comes with a CD as well and it is filled with beautiful, inspirational messages. When said repeatedly throughout the day and with the feeling of believing, these affirmations can transform your outlook on life and draw to you the very circumstances you desire.

Here are some of my favourites:

My life gets more fabulous every day. I look forward to what each new hour brings.

Today, no person, place, or thing can irritate or annoy me. I choose to be at peace.

I am neither too little nor too much, and I do not have to prove myself to anyone.

I willingly release any need for struggle or suffering. I deserve all that is good.

I love myself exactly as I am. I no longer wait to be perfect in order to love myself.

I cannot change another person. I let others be who they are, and I simply love who I am.

Think of affirmations as love that you’re giving yourself as you heal your heart from the wounds you’ve accumulated on your journey through life. Make the choice to add sweetness to your thoughts. Doing so will change the way you look at and experience life. It’s a guaranteed recipe for success. Try it. You have all the necessary ingredients (and no baking is required!).