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Learn to Be the Good Reminder You Need

There's an interesting phrase that pops up all the time. It's something that people say (I've said it
Learn to Be the Good Reminder You Need
There’s an interesting phrase that pops up all the time.
It’s something that people say (I’ve said it, too) when they find something that fits their situation and that immediately makes them feel better.
It’s this phrase: “This is just the reminder I needed.”
It’s a simple phrase with a simple meaning.
But if what if you didn’t have to randomly stumble upon something to feel better?
What if you could help yourself feel better right now?
I think it’s possible.

When You Need Good Reminders...
The phrase, “This is just the reminder I needed” is something that has been on my mind a lot lately.
I’m not totally sure why that’s the case. I think primarily in words, and I get stuck on phrases from time to time. That might have something to do with it.
A person states the phrase when they happen to find something that makes them feel better. That’s the most common use of it. It’s like trudging through a forest on a dark day and seeing a bright flower a few feet ahead. It makes you stop to consider the beauty of the world. It’s a break in the monotony.
For some people, this happens all the time. For others, not so much.
But is it purely good luck that a person stumbles upon good reminders? Or is there something else going on?
A friendly reminder.
A friendly reminder.
Teach Yourself to Be Your Own Good Reminder
I think it’s possible to teach yourself to be your own good reminder.
It’s something I’ve been trying to do more of.
This is how it works.
Life becomes a blur when we think everything is going to be the same as it always was. We get stuck in patterns. We go to the same job every day. We follow the same routines. We generally see the same people and have similar conversations, over and over and over.
When this happens, it’s only natural for everything to blend together.
But there could be a better way to go about it. I think there is.
What I try to do is stay as present as possible. This is at the heart of mindfulness, which can be improved with meditation. When I am present, I notice the big picture, but I also notice the finer details.
I’m focused on the conversation, but I might also notice the tiny scar on my conversation partner’s hand. It creates a mental note. I wonder, where did that come from? I wonder if there is a story behind it.
That attention to detail, which comes from being completely present, creates curiosity. And curiosity adds energy to my life. When I’m curious, I’m not assuming the world is going to be how it always is. I see opportunities everywhere.
It’s a simple trick that requires lots of practice.
But the more I can do it, the more I can be my own good reminder. Because the way I see the world presents more opportunities, which presents more good reminders.
Change how you see the world, and your world changes itself.

I hope this was a good reminder for you to tap into the power you already have. The power of your mind.

As always, I’m here to help,
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