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The Choice Is ALWAYS Yours To Make

Updated: Apr 8, 2022

"Refuse to Eat Emotional Poison"

- Don Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements

The above philosophy continues to be a work in progress for me, but it's a philosophy that I have fully embraced and try very hard to practice and keep at the forefront of my conscious awareness.

Emotional poison is served to us on a regular basis ... throughout the day ... every day ... but it is truly our choice as to whether we decide to consume it or push it away (and ignore it).

I invite you to become more aware of this poison that affects our emotions, creates anxiety, causes fearful thinking, and misdirects our attention away from the good things, the positive things, the things that bring us joy, happiness, and fulfillment.

Choice 1:

Beginning today, push aside and "refuse to eat" all of the poison that is constantly directed your way:

  • Negative social media noise

  • Negative media that serves no purpose other than to create headlines that draw us in and stoke fear

  • Toxic people who attempt to bring us down to their level of thinking

  • Opinions, however well-intended, that dilute our happiness and our sense of well-being

  • Exaggerated possibilities intended to cause unwarranted worry

Choice 2:

Replace the poison with things that make you feel good and enhance your happiness, your emotional state, and your sense of well-being:

  • LOOK for the good in everything (if you look hard enough, there is always a nugget of good)

  • Talk about the positive things that you see, sense, and feel

  • Read inspirational material

  • Listen to music that makes you feel good and brings back nostalgic and positive memories

  • Watch feel-good movies, videos, and TV that uplifts your spirit

  • Surround yourself with people who make you feel good

  • Meditate ... breathe ... embrace "alone" time with yourself

  • Express gratitude, say thank you (often), and tell others how much you appreciate them

  • Write thank-you notes

  • Exercise, move your body, go for walks (with loved ones), get outside, enjoy nature

  • Ask a new friend out on a "friend date" and have a meaningful and uplifting conversation

What choices are YOU making?

P.S. - I am by no means suggesting that we stick our head in the sand and totally ignore the things that are going on around us and in the world … only that we be selective of our sources, not wallow in the negative, and not go down the rabbit hole of endless threads of news and information that doesn’t matter, or is out of our control and influence.

Andy Robinson, Executive Coach

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