Beware of Negative Messaging & Thoughts

Each and every day we are bombarded with all sorts of messages floating around in the cosmos. They arrive through various messengers including the news, our politicians, e-mails, friends, colleagues and kids.

If we don't watch out, we can become wrapped into a wild web of fear, frustration, irritation, and drama. Before we know it, we think the world in which we live in is crumbling and falling apart. We then become committed to the idea that we are going to fail in one way or another...we are going to lose our jobs...there is going to be no opportunity...and more.

The other day I was asked by a friend what I thought of a trial that was going on. "Isn't it awful how that girl died?" my friend asked.  I stopped her then and there and said, "I don't know anything about it and I don't want to hear more." It isn't that I don't care or want to be callous, but I want to protect my mind and my reality.

For instance, today there are big puffy clouds floating around in a soft blue sky. I am listening to Swedish folk music, and as far as I know it everything is OK with the people I know and love. There is no doubt that there is suffering and horrible things going on down the street or across the seas, but what good is it going to do me to fill my mind with such stories? (unless I am going to commit myself to action surrounding an issue, of course!)

When we fill our minds with the ills of the world, it is quite easy to forget what needs to be done in our relatively drama free lives.


- We tend to lose our creativity

- We become doomsdayers

- We don't pour ourselves into work as we should

- Negativity rubs off on our children

- We feel miserable and purposeless

- We become addicted to negativity

- Our relationships can suffer

The list can go on and on...

We have two choices in the world that include: (1) Choosing to see the beauty in the world and fill our minds with inspiration, or (2) Filling our minds with constant negativity.

There are miracles occurring around us each day - the question is...are we going to choose to be in the frame of mind to see them?

Just to spice up your day...check out Coldplay's video Every Teardrop is a Waterfall:

Make it a bold day!

- Jen Engevik

Project Be Bold

Do Do Do What You Have to Do!

Ola Salo

Yesterday I was lucky enough to experience an amazing concert in Gothenburg, Sweden that included Coldplay and The Ark, a Swedish band. Both acts were amazing as Coldplay's Chris Martin and The Ark's Ola Salo revealed their passions for song and expression. As I watched from about 30 feet from the stage surrounded by wildly excited fans who practically jumped out of their shoes (including me for sure!) while inspired songs rang out under blue skies, I couldn't help but think about purpose and dreams.

We human beings crave the ability to share what lies deeply within our hearts. We have things we need to say, things we need to do...and yet...sadly we all too often don't make it happen. Our dreams lay buried within and the next thing we know we can barely breathe.

In one of my favorite songs of the night, Ola Salo shared that "it takes a fool to remain sane." This hits home because the minute we give up on our creative spirit and what makes us unique in an effort to become conventional in every sense of the word, our sanity begins to slip. Salo's words then shifted to what would happen if he were to bury his dreams: "I'll become like the others who become unhappy mothers and fathers of unhappy kids....because they have forgotten to play...or maybe they are afraid to feel seem seem insane..."

The world we know was built  by the "insane."  Those who said it could be done when everyone else assumed it was impossible. It is easy to forget that there are visionaries behind the things we cherish...from the pyramids to our favorite cities to the arts. It is easy to take innovation for granted as we live our safe and convenient lives. The bold are those who listen to what is within...and in the words of Salo "do do do what you want to do...don't think what you have to do do do let your heart decided what you have to do."

What do you want to do?  Have you found yourself buried and unable to breathe because you have forced yourself to forget? Salo says "take it to the stage...with a multicolored jacket...with your hair dyed red and blue...and then do do do what you have to do."

Wishing you a beautiful day!

- Jen Engevik

Project Be Bold

Viva La Vida by Coldplay - Official Alternate Video

See Chris Martin & Coldplay in the alternate official Viva La Vida video!

Chris Martin - Coldplay

- Post by Project BE Bold