Nothing By Chance Blog

In with the old, out with the new…..

The more I work with adults the more I learn that each and every one of us, at some point in our lives, has been the exact person that we are currently striving to be. Think about how life’s lessons have taught us to respond to the world—much differently than you responded as a child, no?

As a three year old you had NO fears; life was exciting, you knew exactly what you wanted and you went for it. You didn’t worry about what people thought of you or how fat/thin/short/tall you were. You were happy with you and with life.

Part of that happiness came from the ability to have a crystal-clear focus on what was going to make you happy right at that moment. It might have been something as simple as peanut butter crackers or it may have been comfort from grandma’s hug; regardless of the object of your focus, you honed in on exactly what you wanted and (probably) didn’t stop until you got it. There was no fear of rejection—even though you’d been rejected or told ‘no’ before you simply let it roll off your back and kept going; there were no feelings of inadequacy—have you ever known a three year old to question whether or not they deserve their mother’s undivided attention?

As we grow up, and our focus starts to splinter off into various directions (family, school, friends, faith, the pursuit of love, work, etc), we necessarily lose that laser-like focus and allow ourselves to start counting the parts of our life rather than the whole of life. Think about that—if your work life is going gangbusters and you’re as successful as you’d ever dreamed, but your home life has crumbled from lack of attention, how happy is your life? Can you feel true happiness as an adult if the various parts of your life are not in harmony?

In addition to focus, children tend to be happy because they simply can’t fathom another reality; they haven’t yet learned how to be disappointed, unhappy, surly or embarrassed. Their reality is truly their reality—not the reality of what others may or may not think. Only as we grow up (i.e., observe and internalize the reactions of others, take on ‘grown-up’ responsibilities of reporting to a boss/spouse/counselor, etc) do we begin to see our lives as something other than happy. But does the core really ever go away? If, as adults, we could strip away the layers of ‘should’, ‘I can’t’, ‘I’m afraid’, ‘I’m embarrassed’; could we get back to that core of when just being ourselves was enough to be happy? Surely it doesn’t go away; it simply disappears under this pile of ‘stuff’ that we affectionately refer to as life.

Big question time: how, exactly, do we strip that away yet continue to function as adults? After all, we can’t quit our jobs, stop paying our mortgages, or just play on the slide ALL day, can we? While ‘outside reality’ may play a huge role in our everyday lives, there are actions we can take to connect with our core child.

• Breathe. Not just the in and out that keeps us going, but the deep, nourishing breaths that calm and rejuvenate. Proper deep breathing also reduces stress, clears the mind and allows us to focus.

• Meditate. Studies have shown that practicing meditation not only has great effects on happiness and positive feelings, but also helps relax us, releases pent up stress, and makes us feel more at peace.

• Journal. Recording your thoughts and feelings can be reassuring and can help you refocus on what you really do think and feel. Even though the words may never be read by anyone other than you, the mere act of writing it all down on paper is a cathartic experience that clears the head and opens the heart to allow more of whatever you need at that particular place and time to enter. Try stream of consciousness writing—not worrying about proper spelling, grammar or punctuation, just write whatever comes into your mind at the moment and continue those thoughts for about twenty minutes. You might start off talking about the delicious dinner you had or that you are annoyed with your son’s Algebra grade, but before you know it you’ll be writing about things that are meaningful and important to YOU.

• Have fun. Whatever form that takes for you—an afternoon trip to the park for a quick push on the swings, ice cream for dinner or a video game marathon on a Saturday morning. Enjoying an activity for the pure pleasure of it—with no investment in the outcome—allows you to really feel and enjoy the moment.

If you’ve noticed, each and every one of these suggestions has one thing in common; they are simply ways for you to concentrate on yourself. Taking the time to figure out what makes you happy and then acting on those thoughts and feelings takes the courage to forget—if even for a moment—what everyone else wants and take care of you.

  1. Glee
    Glee02-17-2013

    I came to cycling from a ctpveoitime running background. I met Ilija when I bought a used saddle from him and he gave me a card with his contacts for coaching. In the same year I was in need of some direction with my racing and called on Ilija.That was several years ago and today we continue to work together. Ilija knows how to push you to reach your max in ways that I never experienced as a ctpveoitime runner. All with compassion and an understanding that cycling is a passion and past time to be mixed with life’s daily duties.Thanks coach.

  2. Jospeh Shallow
    Jospeh Shallow09-19-2012

    Amazing icons, give me more options…
    Thanks

  3. Jesus Pizzaro
    Jesus Pizzaro09-19-2012

    I’m impressed, I need to say. Really

    • Vicky
      Vicky11-15-2012

      Hey, kiellr job on that one you guys!

      • Rafaela
        Rafaela02-18-2013

        A psychiatrist is a phicsyian who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders. I have a bachelor’s degree in the social services field. For several years, I have worked with children who have been diagnosed with mental disorders. It is upsetting to see children victimize at an early age and even more disturbing to see them as predators as early as 5 years of age, however knowing that I am doing my part to assist them in becoming functioning youths and adults is rewarding. The empathy, confidentiality and maturity of a medical assistant are definitely needed in this area. I enjoy establishing a rapport with these clients and helping them to find adequate coping skills to deal with their disorders, therefore I would like to work for a psychiatrist.I would not like to work for an emergency phicsyian for several reasons. I will explain a few. Patients who come to the emergency center typically have serious injuries or trauma. I would not like to have my mind constantly focused on who is coming thru the door and how sever the prognosis is. Knowing myself, I know that would be my focus and I would not be very productive. Also, in the emergency room the staff has to be prepared for anything, I would prefer an area that focuses on a particular specialty. Most importantly, I do not wish to see excessive amounts of blood loss on a regular basis. Actually, not even a minimal amount of blood loss on a regular basis. Giving my opinion and thoughts about this specialty, I would not be an effective employee.

    • Melody
      Melody02-18-2013

      Erwin,Great to hear from you and see that you decided to do P90X. The first week is tough so corgtans.Both my wife and I use the P90X Recovery Drink. We love it and I highly recommend it especially when you are starting out and dealing with soreness. The program is a real shock to the body and you need to properly recharge in order to grow those muscles and turn into a lean/mean fat burning Erwin machine. Try it for 30 days and return it empty if you don’t think it works. I will pay for your postage and Beachbody will give you your money back.If you want to save some money you can use Non-fat or low-fat chocolate milk. This has the about the same 4-1 carb/protein ratio that numerous studies have found effective in aiding muscle recovery. My brother has used this in his first round of P90X and lost close to 30 pounds. It won’t have some of the antioxidants and other ingredients that help with soreness.Let me know if you have any more questions. If you haven’t signed up at Teambeachbody.com and want my help here’s my free coaching link -Scott

  4. Rebecca
    Rebecca08-30-2012

    HHIS I should have tohguht of that!

    • Higino
      Higino11-15-2012

      You’ve imrspeesd us all with that posting!

      • Irina
        Irina02-18-2013

        For me, choosing a meicdal specialty is easy. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to work as a Dermatologist Tech prior to moving to Alaska. What an amazing field! No two cases are the same and more than one type of procedure can be performed in a day. Working for a dermatologist provides the benefits of both a private office setting and hours along with the experience of surgeries and unique treatments. Cyst removals and cancer treatments became the most interesting procedures to me and I can not wait to get back into the field!There are not many positions or specialties I would turn down when it comes to the meicdal field. If I had to pick one, however, it would have to be gynecology. Why would this be the field I turn down? I am honestly not sure. I must be lacking the gene the would cause me to be interested in the subject! For whatever reason I would choose to work anywhere else before choosing gynecology. Specialty clinics are like sushi I guess. How do you know you don’t like it if you’ve never tried it?!