Mike Pastore, one of the Time to Play Foundation’s amazing Board members and I had been speaking to a man this past week. He wanted nothing to do with making his life change or thinking he can make it change.
He had a horrible childhood and he had a horrible life so far. I actually believe that he had did not have to experience some of his life experiences, but that circumstances actually happened because of his mindset. Now, at over 60 years old, with all of the negativity and hard life experiences that he has had so far, he has no desire to shift his thinking to change.
I understand things take time and a shift of thinking takes time. But, I also understand that the average life expectancy is 78 years old. I believe it is up to us when we decide we have had enough, and that it is up to us when we decide we want something different. It’s the founding idea behind the PREinvent YOUR Life® program of the Foundation, and my absolute mission, vision and passion – to encourage others to have the best life they can for the longest period of time possible.
Think it’s not possible for you to change the circumstances in your life?
Think you were dealt “a bad hand” and things are as they are and that you can’t change the future?
At this point, I believe every second of every day is a “do over” if you want it to be. We each have the ability to start fresh, and I believe that our thinking and our choices make it possible to start to do so.
It is an underlying belief of the Time to Play Foundation that positive thinking goes a long way. I believe that you can make lemonade out of lemons.
I say this all the time now, “I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now”. That statement became evident a few years ago when I finally wrote the book – but, at 50 years old, I do wish I knew then what I know now when I was much younger.
Even though I know I can’t change things in my past, I now know how every day could have been filled with much more sunshine if I realized how much I am the one in control of my emotions, my reactions, and my destiny.
So, ask yourself: The “stuff” that happened in your past – can you change it?
The answer is no.
Ask yourself – are you happy with how your life is going right now?
If you are, keep on going the way you are. If not, take a moment to evaluate what’s happening and what you can do to make one small change to make the next second, or next hour, or the next day different.
Can positive thoughts everyday make a difference in the outcome of a person’s life?
There is much research to prove that it can and how much it affects everything in a person’s life. The quote by Ghandi shows this knowledge is not new. It’s just not something many of us have been taught early on. But, even though we can’t change our past, we can still PREinvent™ our next day and our next day.
Please join and share our public group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/timetoplaynews. Wake up every day to a positive thought and some positive energy. We’re not trying to sugar coat things here – people have tough days. I do, too! But, I believe now that it is all in the way we handle things and our outlook, in general, that can create our experience.
We encourage everyone to share positive thoughts and motivation and stories in our Facebook group so we can empower each other. That is the underlying founding principle of the Time to Play Foundation – People Helping People and Collaboration = Success.
I believe everyone has something to offer that can help someone else.
After all, it is time to enjoy life. It is Time to Play. Every day.
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Doreen Guma, MA, FACHE, CPC, CLC has worked in the healthcare field since 1987. She is a board certified healthcare executive, a certified professional life coach, the founder of the Time to Play Foundation, a 501c3 not for profit corporation inspiring everyone to enjoy life and author of If I Knew Then What I Know Now, Our Quest for Quality of Life. The concept behind time to Play and the Time to Play Foundation was absolutely created out of LOVE. Please see http://www.timetoplay.com/ for more information.
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