Dear Ones: We are each connected by threads unseen, energies vibrating through the universe. One of these threads is silver. The writing you read here is titled, "Silver Threads." It is a simply written message containing alternatives to everyday life choices. Are you ready for 'new' choices? Happy reading, marsha

Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” Emerson

Starring in the Om-Times Magazine Silver Threads article (December 2009) you were introduced to the Action Script Actor - the ‘giver’ - always offering little pieces, little drips of themselves until the well has run dry. Silver Threads (January 2010) brought Drama - crisis and disaster at its best; where the lead performer tends to look at life in terms of the negative.

And now Silver Threads presents Tragedy, the darkest of the dark side; the ‘Darth Vader’ of scripts. Imagine awakening each day to doom and gloom; feeling defeated before your feet hit the floor. That is what the tragedy script is composed of. Within this screenplay is the belief that ‘things’ will never get better. It matters not what those things may be. Everything within the tragedy vision is cloudy and dire. Despair is the binder of this script.

As you think about which script you may be using (an ‘actor’ can read from many scripts) ask yourself if you are chronically irritable, perhaps even despondent. Are you tired all the time, suffering exhaustion, yet when night comes sleep evades you? Are the words worthless, lazy, lacking, inadequate, fruitless, or, hopeless just some of the most widely used descriptors in your internal dialogue? If the answer to this question is an affirmative in any way, shape or form – you are holding and using a tragedy script. You have the blues. And that is only a good thing when you are a saxophone!

If you truly feel that you may be depressed, seek help! Talk to your primary care provider, investigate your options. Connect with an energy worker. There are many avenues of help available. Humanity Healing may be one source to consult. Then again, if you believe that you see things in the negative because that is just your ‘nature,’ the first thing you need to do is sit down and compose a grateful list.

This is not by any means a time consuming, taxing exercise, even if you are a doom and gloom type. It begins with simply sitting; then, with paper (preferably a journal of some sort) and pen, record one nice thing that happened to you or near you that day. Put down the pen and take a deep cleansing breath. Take pen in hand once again and write one aspect of you that is likeable (if necessary, as seen through another’s eyes.) That is it, you are finished the exercise.

Tomorrow begin again and write down at least one nice thing about your day and one lovely quality about you. There are two qualifications for this exercise. One is that on the 'following' day whatever you write must be different than that which you wrote the day before (and on each day moving forward.) The second is that you continue the exercise until it becomes a habit. When all is said and done, you will have a beautiful journal with great thoughts and poetic memories which you can review at your leisure. As you read that which you have written, you will come to see there are many pleasant happenings that are a part of your daily life, and learn to focus on the unique gifts and talents that are entirely yours. You will find that humor, laughter and joy do reside in your world. Your true Self, will know freedom and shine for all to see.

Did you notice the word ‘poetic’ was mentioned in the previous paragraph when describing your written memories? As a tragedy person, you might feel the need to roll your eyes or snicker at such a description of your talents. Please know that anything you write from your heart will have a rhythm and flow that will vibrate with your own unique grace and that is poetic!

Next, ask your Self the truth question. Are your dark thoughts true? Use the ‘Are you 100% sure’ question. Be as honest as possible and examine your thought carefully; in that moment there is another way of seeing things and you already know what that is deep inside. You own the wisdom. So, check for veracity! Scripts can and do have typo’s. Another good idea is to question whether the tragedy script is serving your best interest. As the esteemed Dr. Phil McGraw asks, “How’s that working for you?” Great question! If the script you have chosen, based on the ever-playing tape in your mind is not providing the balance, happiness and harmony that every individual deserves, then your screenplay is not working. The good news is – You Can Change It!

You are the Actor, Director and Producer! You can change anything. Life is all about choices. If your plan A is not working, go to plan B or C or all the way through the alphabet if need be. Go until you are satisfied with the results of your choices. Come to think of it, you are also in charge of writing the script. You have the power. Such power can be a ‘heady’ thing. The truth of the matter is that you were born with extraordinary power. Have you ever listened to a hungry baby who is also in need of a diaper change? Their emphatic cry can make a grown man weep! Somewhere along the way that power was surrendered. Now is the time to take it back!

Rather than continue to capitulate your power, change direction and give up your tragedy script instead. If you are into being green, think of it as recycling. Make something good out of this dark and dreary script. Make a pledge, that one day at a time you will do the ‘grateful’ exercise mentioned earlier; find a way to remind yourself of all the good in your life. Wear a special bracelet or pin that you can touch when you begin to feel a negative vibration shimmying its way through your thoughts carry a stone, crystal or other small object that will strike a chord: or ring a bell. I am sure you can come up with something that will do the job; after all, you are talented, smart and ready to take life to the next level.

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