Recovering from a Breakdown (6)
By: Beth McHugh 2006
In Recovering from a Breakdown (5), we looked at using positive sayings to keep us on track in our recovery from breakdown. Today, we’ll look at how to use these valuable tools to greatest advantage.
Public libraries and bookshops abound with books full of quotations, witty sayings, and life-inspiring affirmations — there is certainly no shortage of comments on the human condition that you can use to assist you during difficult times and help keep you centered and grounded.
Tips for using inspirational sayings:
- Choose sayings that resonate very strongly with your current life situation. If there are several issues going on in your life at any one time, you may need sayings to deal with more than one issue.
- Don’t plaster your house with a hundred sayings; this will only dispel their effect. Instead, choose 3 or 4 at the most to put up in prominent places in your home at any one time.
- Put these sayings where you will see then, but also where you feel comfortable with them. On the one hand, it’s good to have one on a bedroom wall where you will see it on waking, but you may feel uncomfortable putting one on the fridge where nosy neighbors may see your signs and ask questions you’d rather not deal with.
- Change your sayings every couple of weeks. Familiarity not only breeds contempt, but it makes us less able to take in the message. It’s easy to find several sayings on the one theme that you can alternate regularly.
- Print off both large and small sayings depending on where you intend using them. Large ones are great for bedroom walls; small ones are good in wallets. If you are artistically inclined, you can make your own copies using pretty writing and even small pictures. Spending time creating these will help you to better take the message of the saying on board.
- You may also want to keep a large selection of sayings for all occasions.
Small autograph books are great for this purpose — you can write
dozens of inspirational sayings into such a book and the convenient
size means you can slip it into a bag or pocket and carry a permanent
portable life coach with you wherever you go. You can then simply
flick through your collection till you find one that suits the situation
in which you find yourself.