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Sunday, March 02, 2008

In like a lion


I was reminded of the old saying today, "March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb." I can't predict if the second half of the saying will come true for this year, but I can tell you that March did come in like a lion, at least on the second of the month. Yesterday it was beautiful, Spring like, and today we are having a winter storm. I actually don't mind the drastic change in weather. To me it is simply nature's way of reminding us that life can change really fast and without notice.

Life is like the weather, however unlike the weather you actually have some say in the change. If you are not happy with the way things are in your life you can change it. You are not stuck in any circumstance or situation. That is the good news. The more challenging news is change isn't always something that comes easy to people and it can be downright scary to make changes in your life. Even when people are miserable they are at times reluctant to change. I know there have been times in my life when I have thought, "At least I know this misery. If I make a change it could be worse!" That kind of thinking will keep you stuck right where you are, as it did me for years. I stayed in a job I didn't care for because of my fear there was nothing better out there for me. I finally was forced to take the leap and was delighted to find that there was so much more available out in the big world than I had ever let myself imagine.

If you are stuck in a situation you are not happy with it is time for a change. The change can start with an internal change. First work on being happy from the inside out. Read Marci Shimoff's book Happy For No Reason. That will get you started.

The next thing is to stop complaining about the situation and start focusing on what you can do about it. Read Rev. Will Bowens book "A Complaint Free World."

You have the power to make the changes you want in your life. However going it alone might be too much. Hire a coach, get a mentor or trusted friend to help you with the leap to change. You owe it to yourself to create the best possible life you can have.

Here's to taking Action,


PS If you were wondering about the orgin of the saying, "In like a lion out like a lamb" here is what I found on the Internet. Doesn't seem to be too much history around it but it does date back centuries.

According to the blog dappled things:

"The first appearance of the weather proverb “in like a lion, out like a lamb” is in English literature, in 1624. At that time it was familiar enough to English audiences to appear as a bit of banter in a popular play.

The origins of the expression can be found in astronomy, though later it also became associated with weather."

Here are what The Weather Guys had to say about it:

"The phrase apparently has its origins with the constellations Leo, the Lion, and Aries, the ram or lamb. It has to do with the relative positions of these constellations in the sky at the beginning and end of the month."

Just thought you would want to know!


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