By Melanie Valderrama
The Law of Rhythm states that when you feel down, be grateful, knowing that, by law, there is an upswing coming. Plan on endless progression upward.
I remember sharing this law with a friend recently and how her eyes lit up when she realized that life is a cycle of ups and downs. She was currently in a down cycle and having a hard time seeing that there would be an upswing. The knowledge that an upswing was coming, by law, did wonders for her and she looked fabulous the next time I saw her.
I have seen this happen in my own life. I used to have downs for longer periods of time than my ups. I might feel up for one day and then down in the dumps for a solid week or two. That’s no fun. I knew to break out of it, I needed to make a commitment to myself. I started learning something uplifting every day. I also surrounded myself with like-minded people-I started a phone call with some friends to help uplift each other and found an uplifting forum and started posting and getting to know others. I also started to read better books and watch less TV. I started a “power hour” every morning where I read, study and review the necessary actions I need to take to become the person I want to be.
Before long, my cycles reversed. I now feel fairly good most of the time and can’t take an entire day to feel awful-that’s way too long. I still allow myself to feel bad for a little while, since it helps me notice when I’m also feeling good. I used to feel like I did everything wrong and would criticize myself daily. Now I’ve lightened up on myself and realize that I’m doing the best I know how. I trust my instincts more and love to uplift others. I want those I come in contact with to accept the good within themselves, too. I express gratitude in many different ways. I’ll write a list, write a more detailed description of one particular circumstance, situation or person I’m grateful for in my journal and express to people personally how grateful I am for what they do for me. My old highs are my new lows and I plan to continue the cycle…oh, forever!
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