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Lighten Up! | 52 Acts of Grace | Week 10

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Ever sat at your desk, looked down at your socks and realized, they don’t match? Or mid-way through the day had someone tell you that your sweater is on inside out?

If you’re like me, you probably wanted to race home and change, or did immediately turn your sweater right side out.

Stop it!

Don’t mess with the happy consequences of lightening up unintentionally.

Do it with intention. Do it to shake up your psyche! Unsettle your status quo. Upset the apple cart of your habitual behaviours.

Do it as if it’s fun!

I know. I know. I struggle with this one. Wear mis-matched socks? Two different earrings? My sweater on backwards? Intentionally?

What will people think?

Right. Who cares what people think?

But they’ll…

Stop.

So, what if I just think about it but don’t do it?

It’s not the same thing.

Our critter-minds crave the familiar, the same old same old. Critter-mind wants us to believe the familiar is safe. The different is too risky, scary, insecure.

Tell the critter-mind to take a nap.

Shaking it up a bit makes space for big shifts to happen that we don’t even know are possible.

Think of it as a gift for your heart. An act of grace to stir its beat and jazz it all up.

I don’t know who said this but I like what they said, “Doing things differently leads to something exceptional.”

Anthony Robbins is credited with having said, “If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.”

My youngest daughter once responded when asked why she always wears mis-matched socks, “Why do you wear matching socks?”

If you always wear matching socks, you’ll never know what it feels like to consciously unmatch them, to go about your day with your feet unbridled by the convention of matching socks.

Go ahead. Try it. Just for today, do something that makes you feel uncomfortable because it takes you out of your habitual behaviours. It’s not about breaking ‘the law’, it’s about breaking the innate laws of society that dictate you must do things the way you’ve always done them because that’s the way they’ve always been done — and don’t worry about people whispering about you if you get out of the rut of convention — they will but that’s their issue, not yours!

Lighten up and shake up your senses. Set your heart free to beat to its own rhythm.

Let me know what happens!

Me… I’m wearing mismatched earrings today and if anyone happens to notice, my response will be… Thank You!

I’ll let you know if I hear things differently.

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Author: Louise Gallagher

I believe we each have the capacity to be the change we want to see in the world, to make a world of difference. I believe we are creative beings on the journey of our lifetimes. It's up to each of us to Live It Up and SHINE!

4 thoughts on “Lighten Up! | 52 Acts of Grace | Week 10

  1. perhaps you’ve not heard … mismatched socks has become a huge industry

    here’s an example: http://www.absolutesocks.com/mismatched/

    mix it up …

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  2. I wore mismatched earrings one day recently and no one commented. When I pointed it out later, it was something that hadn’t even been noticed. This was a good lesson that many of the little things I think are important don’t make a bit of difference to anyone else!

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    • I remember reading your blogpost on that Tandy — your grand-daughter had the eagle eye and everyone else was oblivious.

      I did wear mis-matched earrings yesterday. I was fascinated by how deep my resistance was to doing it. It was a palpable feeling as I went to put them in. And then,…. no one noticed! 🙂

      You’re right — great lesson.

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