Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Energy Medicine: The Aftermath

I came upon a 7 day challenge from Empower You regarding positive living. This is actually a long overdue post that I had been to busy to sit down and write about.

The idea was to change some typical routines in one's daily activity to have a more positive output. I thought it would be easy to do so, given that I was bored with my routine.

Unfortunately, that wasn't the case.

I missed 2 days out of the 7 due to some issues I had no control over. It was a full moon on the week that I took up this challenge, and despite my doubts, I have noticed how the full moon can affect people's moods.

Being irritable when a problem comes along is never a good thing.

Let's not focus on that for now. Let me get to the challenges:

1. Be thankful for what you have.
This seemed fairly simple at first, but it was extremely difficult to be thankful for anything when you're pushed in a corner. Negative thoughts came to mind easier at the start of the day when the first thing you get is a nice helping of blame from your own parents and siblings. Admittedly though, the day goes by a little easier when you remember the good things, even the little ones.

2. Laugh for 5 minutes at the start of the day.
This just felt silly. I mean, as I expected, my mom thought I'd completely lost it, but at the same time, she said she was happy to see me smiling again. I honestly wouldn't do this on a daily basis, unless I can pretend I'm talking to someone on my mobile phone every morning, but it was fun.

3. Don't read the news.
My work deals with being up to date with current events... thankfully, not with your typical news. I've never been interested in politics so I was able to do this on a daily basis with no problems.

4. Look for good news!
Same with 3, I get to look for nice news and none of the violent variety. However, it's difficult to be happy for other people when you feel like the world is against you...

5. Find positive things to say at work or at home.
I completely went "are you kidding me?!" when I was in my 2 day slump. Honestly, I'm not the talkative type. You can hardly hear me say anything since I had met a nun who told me "speak only when it improves the silence". However, I forced myself to have lunch with colleagues to just... talk. And well, let's just say, laughing with others is better than laughing alone.

6. Watch some comedy shows.
The first thing that came to mind was that I should catch up on my Onegai My Melody episodes. It made me happy and feel nostalgic about the fun times I had role-playing and writing fan fictions in the past... This exercise did make me feel more creative, and it was a nice way to get away from trying to solve the issues that I could not control.

7. Give thanks and look forward to the next one.
On the second day of my slump, I broke down. I was angry with God for many frustrations I had in my heart. I could not understand what His plan was and at this point, I still can't. However, I realize too that nothing will change if you don't continue walking the road called life.

Overall, I don't think I got to accomplish the 7 Day Challenge as best as I could have. Perhaps the timing was off, because even though I saw how it positively affects my life, there were days when I realized that being and staying positive cannot be done when you're alone in the attempt.

I remember Yumi Omura from Chobits describing herself and I have to agree with her... "I'm human, and everything I say is affected by my moods. I lie, and I probably hurt a lot of people, but that's because I'm not perfect."

Is it ok for me to be angry and negative in some days in my life? There's no way for me to control everything in the world as it continues to change, but one thing I found to be true in this exercise..? Is that life's too short, and laughter? Well, it might actually be the best medicine after all.

onegai my melody hiiragi keiichi


  1. Good Post with your honest feelings and experience. I did warn you on my Seven day challenge - it was going to be a real challenge for some especially if you don't have a few people who could support you during the "lows" of the 7 days. Yet without the support, you did well! Bravo! Some have continued for the next 7 days and found it easier!
    P Nicholas

  2. It might be difficult to continue with strict guidelines, but I think I can at least manage to watch comedy shows and find some good news. :) Prayers would be nice too.