Do you remember that story about theLittle Engine that Could? In this story, a little steam engine was trying to pull a load over a steep hill all the while chanting "I think I can I think I can I think I can" until she succeeded.
That is a great example of anAFFIRMATION . You know aboutaffirmations . Those little ditties that you chant to yourself to get yourself through tough times. Like "I can do this I can do this I can do this" while you are trying to get that needle in your leg.
They came in very helpful today while I was swimming. I tried to swim just a little longer and just a little harder today, only to discover that my body had turned into jello after about 35 minutes. A low-grade panic set in. I had left my cane in the locker room and The Husband was 60 minutes away sequestered in the Delaware State Archives doing research. I found myself singing one of Karen's songs "I am Healed, Whole, and Healthy" over and over until I pulled myself out of the pool. Sitting on the side of the pool on a bench I continued to replay lines from this song in my head. "I am healed, whole, and healthy... Angels are watching over me... I've got love surrounding me... All is well... All is well... I am well."
Now this is a story about AFFIRMATIONS , not about me having a micro-panic attack in a bathing suit. I was surrounded by angels at the YMCA pool, including a neighbor and a friend so I knew I wasn't stuck. This story is about AFFIRMATIONS . Having some sentence or phrase to tell yourself, to comfort yourself, to help yourself when you need to.
What are your affirmations - How do you encourage yourself?