Creating the Habit of Searching


THE HABIT OF SEARCHING

Is it still possible for us to wonder? Do we have permission to question? Do we reserve the right to agree/disagree/remain neutral/make decisions?

As a Health/Life Coach, it's exciting to toss down the gauntlet and challenge us all regarding our habits—those unconscious thoughts and actions that flow through us as we go about our day.

Yes. We have deadlines, spam calls, left-turn signals, interruptions, unforeseen shocks. We also have sudden horrible losses, at times.....things way out of our control.

Sometimes we have joys and jokes, lightness and laughter, fun and surprises, too.

All of these things may come and go in the course of our day.


Let me offer something that may fit into our day as well. Searching


Here is something to look up and ponder: Jeremiah 29: 11 says, “For I know the plans that I have for you.......plans for welfare and not for calamity—to give you a future and a hope.

But let's continue! In Jeremiah 29: 13-14, it goes on to say, ...and you will SEEK Me and FIND me, when you seek with all your heart.....”

The idea of seeking, asking, and finding brings forward a deliberate habit of expressing Gratitudes—each day. I suggest that we look for three gratitudes/blessings each morning. Don't repeat your choice. Force new gratitudes each day, even if we don't feel like it. Go beyond thirty days. (I suggest beyond forty days and forty nights for a deliberate change.) Search for His blessings: Examples may be deeper, sincere things like family, a puppy, Uncle Joe, health, freedom, this community, etc.; Or lighter things otherwise taken for granted—hot water, heating/AC, a good car battery, enough ketchup, mustard, and relish for the weekend, etc.

Create a spark! Let's allow our imagination to flow to all the Blessings you can find and list three of them. As opposed to something Pollyanna-ish, or goody-goody, feel emboldened to create the habit.


Jeremiah 29: 11 says, “For I know the plans that I have for you.......plans for welfare and not for calamity—to give you a future and a hope.


But let's continue!

Soon, you will begin to find the goodness and wonder all around you. It will become a part of your day. Small hinges open large gates.

I know. (I've done this for over six years, and even after a loss recently I could feel the love and embrace all around me. It can be that way for all of us, even when we don't understand 'why'.)

So. Let us search for Blessings, gratitudes, appreciations, gladness,...whatever it may be called.

And until next time, may we remember that there is always, always, always, something to be grateful for.




William A. Brown

Certified Life/Health Coach