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Kindness Challenge Week 3 – Self Acceptance

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Week 3 Theme | Self-Acceptance

By embracing who you are, you’re able to make choices that are in alignment with yourself and are the key to living an authentic and fulfilling life. It might be by learning to be comfortable in your own skin, stop making choices to please others, or allowing yourself to freely express who you are. Including self-acceptance in the kindness you show yourself is fundamental. We are only able to give and receive love and kindness in the degree to which we extend it to ourselves. Therefore, this final step of self-kindness is incredibly important as we move on with the challenge.


Let go of who you think you’re supposed to be and embrace who you are.

This perfectly sums up the theme for Week 3’s Kindness Challenge which is about self acceptance. The Kindness Challenge is being run by Niki from Richness of a Simple Life. The challenge is being run in order to help people explore the kindness they show to themselves and others in their daily lives.

Week 1’s Challenge is here:

https://sfarnell.wordpress.com/2017/05/14/kindness-challenge-week-1-self-love/

Week 2’s Challenge is here:

https://sfarnell.wordpress.com/2017/05/25/kindness-challenge-week-2-self-compassion/


Self Acceptance Exercise

I find in life we’re exposed to a great many experiences, some good and some not so good. The not so good experiences are often the ones we remember the most as these have a negative impact on us and for some reason we struggle to let go of them, at least that’s what I find. The exercise on self acceptance is to take a look at those things that we find an uphill struggle, where we’re trying to be accepted in ways which are not natural to being ourselves and find ways and methods that can change this

So for me I put a lot of effort and passion into the things that I do, I’m a creative person, an engineer and thinker. I try and take pride in what I do and taking short cuts or not doing things well or with care is not in my nature. Having this slap dash approach has often been pushed onto me over the years, I need to find the best way to push back and be myself. Working in a way that isn’t me will give bad results.

I’ve also had things that have happened in my life or even not happened and coming to terms with this is not something that I’ve focused on, so I’ve decided I’m going to keep a personal book where I write letters to all the people alive or dead that need to know the things I need to tell them. Doing this I hope will help me to see the thing in my life that I feel aren’t good and help me to deal with them.

The last thing is the part I focus on least, my physical self. I’m not ashamed of how I am physically, but at the same time looking after myself better will not be a bad thing. I’m not seeking to become fit and hunky guy, but maybe being able to talk a brisk walk or to walk up the stairs without being out of breath would be nice. While I know this pulls me slightly away from acceptance, I think acceptance is good, but also accepting that I need to change.

So that’s me for this week, the fourth week should be at the end of this week, let see what that brings!

Simon  🙂

 

Keep Progressing to Stop Regressing

Elon musk made the point that when technology stop progressing, it regresses. The same is true in our lives and careers and anything we do in it. It’s for this reason we need to think about shaking things up when they become comfortable.

This could apply to your job, writing almost anything that we do. If we don’t then we may well start to regress:

via Elon Musk Just Gave Some Brilliant Career Advice. Here It Is in 1 Sentence | Inc.com

Simon 🙂

No ownership claimed on article – Credit Justin Bariso

Kindness Challenge Intentions

Niki of Richness of a Simple Life is running the kindness challenge and early on convinced me that this is something that I should do. This basically means that as a challenge I need to challenge myself to be kind in the way set for that week and then write a blog post about it. I didn’t really know what I was letting myself in for until a few days ago when I saw this post:

https://therichnessofasimplelife.wordpress.com/2017/04/30/before-post-2/

and saw the topics:

  • Week 1 | Self-love
  • Week 2 | Self-compassion
  • Week 3 | Self-acceptance
  • Week 4 | Kindness role model
  • Week 5 | Choosing kindness
  • Week 6 | Kindness without expectation
  • Week 7 | Grateful for kindness

 

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So – the big question… what ARE my intentions?

The thing is I’m not sure now – I had envisioned this mainly being about kindness to those around me as well myself so the self love and acceptance is a slight curveball. I guess I’ll just roll with it and see what happens.

But finding a bit of inner peace would be a good thing right now as I don’t have much of that – I also think that it’s easier to be kinder to others if you can be kind to yourself right?

I guess this is going to be a learning curve.

Simon 🙂

Manic Monday – The Week Ahead

I’m knocking the the Murphy’s Law on the head for Mondays. It was getting harder to find stuff to Murphy and besides that everything I wrote about was happening so being that I’m getting a bit sick of that I’m going to try and look ahead on Mondays to more positive stuff.

This week is the start of a busy time with work. There is so much going on and trying to fit family and work in is a struggle anyway. But as usual I’ll attack it like a boss and keep things going as best as I can. I’m not sure what or where the end goal is with this but I’m sure I’ll find it eventually.

My magazine is soooo late! It’s due out in March and we’re now in mid April. I need it out so I can start trying some new techniques for getting more visibility and interest in the site and magazine. I’m hoping I can apply this kind of technique for Planet Simon too, but we’ll see!

It’s pretty warm here right now, it feels more like June than April which is nice but it makes me feel as if we’re heading for wet weather. This is no bad thing though as I love the rain.

What kind of week are you my bloggies hoping for?

Simon 🙂

Two Wolves – A Cherokee Teaching

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An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.

“It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”


 

This was something I got from the TV a few days ago and I was inspired to share it!

Simon 🙂

Vanquish – The silver lining in my cloud

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I’ve spent the last few days not feeling great at all, the stress off everything has been getting to me. For the last couple of days I struggled into work not really 100%. The Spotify decides to not play ball grrr… so I go searching, click on the Two Steps from Hell logo and bugger me sideways! They’ve only just released a new album – Vanquish.

I’ve been searching, looking and keeping an eye out all year to find out what they’ve been up to and now it’s here! Finally and the name sounds amazing. It gets better when I listen to each of the tracks, inspired music to pick me up Fall of the Fountain world, Pegasus, Vanquish and New world Order are the first four tracks, totally inspirational listening with magical vocals where needed – I already feel better.

I’ve even been kind enough to post the link to the album for you Spotify listeners:

Vanquish – Two Steps from Hell

I’ve been waiting all year for this and they deliver when I need it most – thanks for screwing up Spotify or I might not have found it – every cloud has a silver lining. I realise that now!

Great work Thomas and Nick!

Simon 🙂