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InnerSelf's Daily Inspiration

December 8-9-10, 2023

The focus for today (and the weekend) is:

I am learning to shift my focus to the present.

Today's inspiration was written by Jude Bijou:

We’re a society that likes to worry. It's one of the less incapacitating symptoms of fear. Worrying is so prevalent, it almost feels socially acceptable. 

We consider it a good trait if a mom worries about her kids, a teenager worries about good grades, or a father worries about his company shutting down. We've accepted worry as a common human condition and while we've all been there (and may be there right now), it doesn't mean we have to live there.

Don't confuse worry with interest in maintaining well-being or an attitude that contributes to problem solving. The only thing you're guaranteed to create with worry is more anxiety and self-imposed misery. Peace, the opposite of fear (and worry), is created when our attention resides in the present. The sooner you learn to shift the focus from the future to the present, the better off you'll be.


Today's inspiration was adapted from the article:
     My Prescription for Anxiety and Worry
     Written by Jude Bijou.
Read the complete article here.

This is Marie T. Russell, co-publisher of, wishing you a day, and weekend, of being in the present.

Comment from Marie:
 We can waste a lot of time, and energy, imagining worst-case scenarios. While it's good to plan for eventualities, it is not healthy to constantly ruminate on all the things that might or could go wrong. To create inner peace, we must learn to focus on the present and what needs to be done now. 

Our focus for today: I am learning to shift my focus to the present.

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RELATED BOOK: Attitude Reconstruction

Attitude Reconstruction: A Blueprint for Building a Better Life
by Jude Bijou, M.A., M.F.T.

book cover: Attitude Reconstruction: A Blueprint for Building a Better Life  by Jude Bijou, M.A., M.F.T.With practical tools and real-life examples, this book can help you stop settling for sadness, anger, and fear, and infuse your life with joy, love, and peace. Jude Bijou's comprehensive blueprint will teach you to: ? cope with family members' unsolicited advice, cure indecision with your intuition, deal with fear by expressing it physically, create closeness by truly talking and listening, improve your social life, increase staff morale in just five minutes a day, handle sarcasm by visualizing it flying by, carve out more time for yourself by clarifying your priorities, ask for a raise and get it, stop fighting via two easy steps, cure kids' tantrums constructively. You can integrate Attitude Reconstruction into your daily routine, regardless of your spiritual path, cultural background, age, or education.

For more info and/or to order this book, click here. Also available as a Kindle edition.

About the Author

photo of: Jude Bijou is a licensed marriage and family therapist (MFT)

Jude Bijou is a licensed marriage and family therapist (MFT), an educator in Santa Barbara, California and the author of Attitude Reconstruction: A Blueprint for Building a Better Life.

In 1982, Jude launched a private psychotherapy practice and started working with individuals, couples, and groups. She also began teaching communication courses through Santa Barbara City College Adult Education.

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