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Have you ever worried about how something is going to feel? You have a dental appointment for a root canal and you are already anticipating the pain and discomfort that is to come. I used to say that I had a low pain tolerance, but in truth, I had a low anticipation tolerance as rarely did something hurt as much as I THOUGHT it would. I am far better at it, however a simple blood test would have me worrying about the soon to be painful test only to find out it didn’t hurt at all! Although better, I still can see where I anticipate something not going right (hurting) prior to the actual event. I tend to be slightly klutzy and if I bump into something, I will often say OUCH without knowing the outcome. Sometimes I’ve hit something hard such as  stubbed a toe, and it truly did hurt. Yet, often I find that I was anticipating the pain and said OUCH to be ready. Moments later, I smile and either realize it didn’t hurt at all or the actual pain was far less than the anticipated pain. Is there anything in your life that you allow fear to lead the way and you find yourself anticipating less than the most desirable outcome? Yep, me too. 🙂

How amazing would our outcomes be if we anticipated love rather than fear? Sure sometimes the truth might not reach the levels of our anticipation, yet they will certainly be better than if we focused on fear

For the next week, I invite you to anticipate more love, laughter, and happiness in your life by:

Starting your morning in gratitude. Spend a few minutes while still in bed thinking of all the big and little things you have to be grateful for.

Limiting the time you spend on fearful thoughts. I’m not asking you to ignore or bury them, rather to limit the time as positive solutions live in love not fear.

Ending your day in what you were grateful for that day and seeing the day ahead being filled with more opportunities to love you, others, and the world more.

Mostly, my wish for you is a week filled with seeing the beauty in you, others, and the world. Focus on what you brings you happiness, reframe fear into a better feeling thought, and step into a space of anticipating and believing that YOU deserve to live a life filled with deeper love, laughter, and happiness.

Until next time, if you focus on love, I anticipate a week filled with love ahead for you.


“Doubt is a pain to lonely to know that faith is his twin brother.”
~ Khalil Gibran

“Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.”
~ Khalil Gibran

“There is something terribly morbid in the modern sympathy with pain. One should sympathise with the colour, the beauty, the joy of life. The less said about life’s sores the better.”
~ Oscar Wilde

“To truly laugh, you must be able to take your pain, and play with it!”
~ Charlie Chaplin

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