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How building a new table can help you feel better

By Marcus Santer

Fortunately you’ve a very small sphere of influence.

Let me explain why this is a good thing.

You see, I used to think I could control everything and everyone… If only I worked a little harder… Expressed myself a little clearer… Learned a little more…

Then I could bend the universe and everything in it to my will.

I can laugh about it now.

But it used to cause me no end of trouble and frustration when life didn’t go my way and people didn’t do what I wanted them to do.

Maybe you can relate?

Maybe not.

For me it was the first three lines of the Serenity Prayer that woke me up:

Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change
Courage to change the things I can
And wisdom to know the difference.

Contemplating these lines and discussing them with others I finally came to realise that I cannot change:

  1. People
  2. Places
  3. Things

Which doesn’t leave you with very much.

In fact it leaves you with the only thing you have any really influence over…

You.

Which is a real blessing.

Today’s post came around because I woke up feeling pretty crappy.

In spite of having world class sleep hygiene thanks to The Sleep Solution I still had a bad nights sleep and woke up feeling bad about the day ahead.

As I sat sipping my first cup of Japanese green tea, I decided it was time to change this feeling.

Here’s how I did it:

And then I remembered tables!

Yes, I said tables.

Now you’re rightly wondering what the heck tables have to do with any of this, and it’s a fair question.

Let me explain…

Imagine a table.

Sat on top of it is how you’re feeling. In my case: pretty crappy about the day ahead.

My thoughts are the legs that support and keep that feeling in place.

Thoughts like:

  1. I had a really bad night and now I’m tired and not firing on all cylinders
  2. It’s raining and I’m going to get wet on Louis walk
  3. I was late getting up and I’m going to spend the whole day playing catch up
  4. What on earth am I going to write about today in the Z+D?

And so on.

But because I can change my thinking I can build a better table to support a more helpful feeling.

Here are the legs I put in place:

  1. I’m self employed doing work I love
  2. I have no hospital appointments to attend with Ollie this week
  3. I’ve got a great film to watch later
  4. I’m making good progress with the ZEN+ Homes Study Course
  5. I’ve got waterproof clothing and boots to keep me dry on Louis walk
  6. I can write about this experience in today’s Z+D

And so on.

Pretty soon I was feeling good about this day.

Truth is, I’ve found my life is the result of my most common thoughts and I’ve also discovered I have sovereignty over them.

One way to rule them wisely is by building the right tables.

Hey, if you want an in-depth look at this subject I recommend you read pages 94 to 97 of my book: Smiling From The Heart.

Available here.

You’ll also find another 28 tools to help you live a happier, healthier and longer life in spite of what life may throw at you.

Bye for now

Marcus

P.S. Supporting a more empowering and beneficial feeling works better the more legs you put under it.

The more the merrier.

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