My newest book, Glad No Matter What: Transforming Loss and Change into Gift and Opportunity, was just released from New World Library (I love them!).
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While on the book tour in Arizona last week, I appeared on a morning TV show to talk about my new book. Soon after, my inner critics all showed up to tell me how I wasn’t “good enough” and other mean things. After the show, I stopped at a grocery store and noticed a police officer getting out of his car.
I approached and asked if he had time to hear an unusual request. He smiled and replied, “Depends on what it is!”
I explained that I was starting my book tour and had appeared on TV and was besieged by inner critics afterward. I asked if he could arrest them, take them to jail, and keep them there until after my book tour. He laughed and said, “Sure, I can. I know about inner critics!”
He opened the squad car door, and I escorted the critics in. He then asked what the book was about. I told him it was about being glad no matter what, and that there are processes in it for utilizing our awakened wise selves, which is what I’d just done by asking him to help with my inner critics.
He said he’d be getting the book, and wished me well. I watched the squad car drive off and felt such relief that the inner critics had a place to be while I connect with people and facilitate transformation and change.
To further inspire transformation and change, I invite you to join me in playing one (or more!) of the games below.
1. Go on a Miracle Walk
A “Miracle walk” is where you go out of your house or wherever you are, put your hands out, palms up, and say, “Miracles, find me now.” And then walk until you see or find one — or more! Be aware that miracles may be disguised or in unlikely places. Use love to recognize them. A variation is to say, “Miraculous people, find me now.”
2. Transform What Hurts into What Helps
Name one thing in your life that’s challenging or difficult, and one thing about that challenge or difficulty that you’re glad about. Something like this:
“I sometimes feel overwhelmed with all there is to do in my life and business, and am glad that I am healthy and able to do things.”
This game reminds us of the “marvelous, messy middle” of feelings. I call it “Practical Gladness,” and it will further develop your transformational abilities.
3. Be GLAD No Matter What — Give Lovingly And Daringly
This does NOT mean feeling glad when you don’t — how annoying. It means finding the glad parts in as many of your feelings as you can and then finding ways to help the world with your GLAD heart. Blog about your GLAD offerings or post them on social media sites. They might be large or tiny, common or uncommon. One of my GLAD heart gifts was singing “Amazing Grace” in the DMV office until everyone joined in!
SARK (Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy) is a bestselling author and artist. Her books have sold over two million copies. She is the founder and creative fountain of Planet SARK, a thriving business that creates fabulous products and services to support empowered living. She lives gladly in San Francisco.
Content used with permission from www.sarkjournal.com.