When there isn’t a song in your heart…

Some days there won’t be a song in your heart. Sing anyway Emory Austin

Good morning! Oh the truth in Emory’s statement…. how I wish it wasn’t so! But it is true – we have natural “highs” and “lows” and some days there isn’t a song in our heart. So what we do on those days? How do we embrace life and be positive on the days when the “spark” just isn’t there? We do just as Emory suggests – we “sing anyway.” And we sing loud enough to wake up that spark.

One of the things cognitive therapy reveals is that when we consistently “act as if” we “become.” Sometimes we have to force a behavior in order to do it consistently enough to internalize it. On our “down days” it is more important than ever to en-gage in behaviors that fight the negativity in our minds and the sadness in our souls.

You don’t have to accept a mediocre day. You don’t have to accept a mediocre life. In fact, I en-courage you to accept nothing but the best. Sure, you will have days that start out “low.” Fight back. Sing. In any given moment you have the power to change your day. You have undoubtedly heard the quote “Fake it until you make it.” On those “low” days, shout out your affirmations. Write them over and over. Even if they don’t feel sincere, keep say-ing them. Our words have power, and they have the power to transform the mediocre into the mag-nificent.

Your Turn:
Draw the rooms of your life like an architect would draw a floor plan. In each “room” write down what potential you have and how you might grow.

Your Affirmation:
I have the power to transform the mediocre into the magnificent.


When there isn’t a song in your heart… — 2 Comments

  1. How true this is. I woke up early, too early because I had only slept 5 hour and yet I was done at least for now. I found myself drawn to my journal which has been neglected for some weeks now and I chose a colored sharpie to begin my entry. No coincidence that the sharpie was a dull green, kind of murky and muddy as I felt. The words spilled out on the paper of lost hope and disconnected dream. Disgusted at myself that how could I feel this way when I offer so much support and hope to others. What kind of false example am I leading. Anyways I went on for pages and somehow felt relief to get it out of me. Then my no coincidence I read a chapter out of Cheryl Richardson’s book about looking in the mirror and loving yourself. Oh yes, been there done that, and it feel hard, awkward, and who knows if it even works. Cheryl says so and she admitted to it being hard. Should I give it a try. I went to a small mirror and looked at my face, tried not to give it a whole lot of judgement and said “I love you Helen” It kind of left me blank but I am going to keep trying. Can I do it for a whole month. I don’t know, but I can do it for a day, and then another day. We’ll see. And then I came to this page, “When there isn’t a song in your hear” Seems like allot of the same messages. OK OK I get it!

  2. Can’t tell you how grateful I am for the tools you’ve given me to do just that…”fight back” We all do have days that start out low….Thats why its so important to fill our lives with inspiration and encouragement. provides plenty of ammunition for those off days

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