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Debbie, Get Up.

I’ve been a bit of a Debbie-Downer lately.  Bahumbug, eh?  All of the inspiration and hope and enthusiasm that I normally exude has turned into frustration and impatience.  “What’s wrong with me?”  I’ll ask myself that question, try to figure out what set me off, and then I’ll be more down because I become self-absorbed.  Ha, the vicious cycle!

Anyway, yesterday the haze began to lift because I was reminded of what I already knew was the solution.

First, I stumbled onto Adam Kreek’s website, where I read, “The secret to happy living is giving.”  Duh, Rosie.  It was so beautiful to read of all a fellow Canadian athlete is doing to leave a legacy, to change the world.  Ok.  Exhale.  Just give your life away, Rosie.

Second, I had an appointment.  And, luckily, the focus was the other person.  The focus was my pastor, Dave Manafo, who I had the privilege to coach in the development of his inherent strengths, which he discovered by taking the StrengthsFinder. (He’s way more qualified to be coaching me, but he extended grace for the sake of my growth…)  We talked about him, learned about him, and I, personally, delighted in how awesome I think he is.  The truth is, if we hadn’t already booked the appointment, I wouldn’t have been able to step into that moment that turned the focus off me.  Saved by the bell!

So, Debbie’s getting up.

In all my 27 years, I’ve noticed one thing to be true in terms of getting out of a bad mood: make the conscious decision to do something for someone else.  Seriously, I dare you.  And watch how life ends up being not half as bad as you told yourself it was.


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