Arlyn Smith

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Be the best you

Someone I respect said something yesterday that  makes sense to me; that is the concept that perfection is (totally) elusive, yet we can still change ourselves for the better. If you keep doing the same thing over and over again,you don’t learn…don’t change positively…well nothing will change. Things will stay stagnant and you’ll deal with the same results. If you’re content with them..great! If you’re not, maybe you should think of “stepping up your game”. Putting a little oomph in your actions (good oomph) can have a large impact.

Mental:Sometimes even changing a simple thought makes a difference. For example, I have a small apartment; I would like to live somewhere bigger. Hell though, I have somewhere to live (and it’s climate controlled!) Often times we take things for granted (physically,mentally,financially,etc.) Try looking at the glass as half full instead of half empty, at what you have rather than what you don’t. It can have a huge impact on you life perception.

Physical: Remember some stories  from your childhood, like the Little Engine telling himself he could do it? Sometimes when we get older and gunked up with societal “stuff”, we tend to forget the simplicity of such ideas. It is easy to succumb to the idea that we don’t have time or we’re tired (although sometimes legitimate!) But excuses should not occur regularly. Sometimes you have to put your physical wellbeing first. I  am fortunate I have the time to write this. As important as this is to me, you better BELIEVE that my wellbeing comes first.I.E. If I did not exercise, I couldn’t walk. If I didn’t practice PT and work on motor  skills, I couldn’t type. If I didn’t take eat a balanced and healthy diet,my body would not work well. Ad infinitum. Therefore, if I am to be a healthy functioning person,  I must put my basic needs first. This sounds selfish, but is really not; it’s like on an airplane. You put the oxygen mask on yourself before the child; what good is it if you’re not well? You can’t be helpful to someone else.

Social: When you’re in public and social situations,try smiling a little more. I wondered why people were not so receptive to me in the past. DUH, it was because I had a scowl on my face and physically said “Do not interact with me!” As I started being more pleasant to others, a funny thing happened. Others returned the pleasantries;simple yet awesome.


5 responses to “Be the best you”

  1. Brought two things in my mind – 1. Change is the only thing that’s ‘constant’ and adapting to that constancy is what counts in the long run. 2. A smile, like positivity, is contagious!
    Wonderful post Arlyn 🙂

  2. Thanks,that is my experience!

  3. This is truly well written and of course thought provoking. 🙂

  4. Thank you. I try to make people think!

  5. 🙂 And you’re doing a great job on that.

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About Me

An English diarist and naval administrator. I served as administrator of the Royal Navy and Member of Parliament. I had no maritime experience, but I rose to be the Chief Secretary to the Admiralty under both King Charles II and King James II through patronage, diligence, and my talent for administration.


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