TAKE 2

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We have just completed Month 1 of a New Year.
Today is Day 2 of Month 2.

So how are we going to be Living in February?
Does our last month give us any indication?

How was January really – can we be honest?

Was it the same same stuff as December?

Are we still going around and around?

Has anything really changed for us?

Are we making same old mistakes?
Are we giving ourselves a hard time?

Are we dreading this Month 2 called February?
Are our New Year Resolutions completely forgotten?

Do we wish for our summer holiday right now?

Have we run out of money with our champagne lifestyle?
Has payday already wiped us out and we still have debt?

Have our crazy days simply just got worse?
Have we found we cannot help overdoing it?
Have we got our priority in life wrong again?

Are we able to consider another way?

Would we appreciate if we could cut some slack and get on with it?
Would we like to think we are changing but we know we are not?
Would we prefer to get real and be honest about what is going on?
Would we like to do something instead of doing nothing and expecting change to happen?

Are we ready to get off the fence and stop the hot talk and take action?

What if we could set the re-set button and have another go?

What if we made a choice to just focus on 2 aspects of life and gave it our very best with the word RESPONSIBILITY at the core?

What if we are here to learn lessons so it is OK to do a Take 2?

What if we could re-consider and re-launch our new way with a Take 2 choice?

What if Take 2 just simply means we can do it again but this time not make the mistakes that we made before?

What if Take 2 offers us the chance to not mess up this time and repeat the ugly patterns?

What if Take 2 means having another go but this time paying attention to the detail?

What if Take 2 means we stop and look back for one moment to have a look at what we just done and that includes how we just left the toilet?

What if Take 2 means having the opportunity to see things more clearly?

What if Take 2 lets us see what did work and what has not worked?

What if Take 2 puts us back on track so we can start evolving in life?

What if having a second chance is all we need to put the record straight?

What if we give it another go, which means doing a Take 2 and this time, we commit to paying attention and taking Responsibility?

What if Take 2 means we are not giving up on life and instead making a commitment to life?

What if we can end the nonsense of regret just by doing a Take 2?

What if Take 2 is our way of not judging but simply taking action to correct the ill we created in the first place?

What if Take 2 gives us permission to just get on with it and spend zero time worrying about what we just done or didn’t do?

What if Take 2 gives us the space to no longer hold on to the wrong we done as this is the correction?

What if Take 2 is going around the cycle again but this time making sure we complete it in a different way?

What if Take 2 works if we make the changes that are needed and that means we take full Responsibility for all our choices?

What if Take 2 is our new way of not beating ourselves up when we make mistakes, however big or small?

What if Take 2 allows us to trust that we can get it bang on this time?

What if Take 2 offers us a double new beginning to keep doing what is working and reconsider and let go of things that are clearly harming us?

What if Take 2 can be used with fun in the numbers of the month, so every date that has a 2 we pay particular attention to 2 things to action?

What if Take 2 is a reminder that we do not have to suffer or live in a way that harms us and others and our planet?

WHAT IF Take 2 is making sure we take RESPONSIBILITY this time around?

Could it be that Simple?

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Comments 19

  1. The author of this blog really understands people. That is so clear from the way it is written.

    How many of us start a new cycle well but don’t follow through on the commitments we make to ourselves?

    The simplicity of the ‘take 2’ message is hugely powerful.

    Don’t wallow, just pick 2 things and re-commit.

    You can do it now.

  2. Love it ‘Take 2’ – so simple and it truly honours the fact we are here to learn in this daily school of life – there is no perfection.

    I am going to learn to Take 2 – as in – give things another go each day, without the regret of the day before.

  3. Take 2 – what an effective and profound blog.
    Looking at life through Take 2 blog and questions posed would help heal a lot of the guilt and regret we hold onto.

    I know for myself so many times, I think I want a do over and we just move on storing it into our body harming us.

    Take 2 poses another way to take responsibility.

  4. Yes – the author of this blog as usual, has nailed it.
    I have had a few take 2s over the years and this has helped me to evolve even more.

    If we are ready to Commit to Life – a take 2 moment is great.
    It helps us to see the Truth and avoid the repeat pattern of the same mistake/s.

    A great blog!

  5. Why is this concept of Take Two around?

    Is it there to give ourselves a break?
    A chance to stop and assess what is really going on around us?

    A chance to do something different?
    Is that what Take 2 is all about?

    But when we truly stop it is easy to judge ourselves, or blame ourselves.
    So it is important to lovingly look at what is going on.

    When you judge yourself you break your own heart. This has helped me understand that judging, blaming, and comparison helps no one.

    So take as many 2’s as you need and trust that if you are really interested in true change there is support just waiting for you with open arms and an open heart.

  6. I am really liking this Take 2. Having made many mistakes in my life it would be very easy to live in regret and beat myself up but where does that get us?

    When I approach things with a Take 2 attitude, it’s like brushing myself off and saying, “OK you’ve fallen, but get back up again and give it another go.” It actually feels very supportive to treat myself in this way, that rather than go into a spiral of negative thoughts.

    One thing about doing a Take 2 is it removes the need for perfection. We are going to make mistakes, but it is about how we deal with them and how we move forward from there and that we learn the lesson. That is most important.

  7. We had a great Take 2 moment yesterday.

    Someone did something gross at a family dinner. I called it out, but could feel myself getting all judge-y. Then in popped Take 2.

    “What’s the lesson? Let’s do a Take 2.”

    The vibe shifted. We sat up straight. We started again, respectfully.

  8. I had a one to one recently with the author of this blog and I was given an understanding about absorbing other people’s stuff. Whilst I do not get caught up in drama; there was still an element of me getting caught out with some of the nonsense around me.

    What was so great about this was I realised the nonsense was subtle and I did not realise I was absorbing it.

    This understanding has enabled me to do a Take 2 and has expanded my awareness of what is going on around me.

    Thank you Simple Living Global.

  9. It is easy for me to forgive other people and give them another chance, but why is it so difficult to give myself a break?

    This is an old pattern in my life, and as I have grown older I have gotten easier on myself.
    Probably because I learned from my life experiences that, my mistakes really were not a big deal. Hardly anyone noticed.

    So was I giving myself a hard time because I was angry at myself for doing something that might cause someone to not like me? Yes, thats probably what it was all about.

    I realize now, that it really does not matter what other people think of me, what matters is what I think of myself.

    1. Here here Ken I know what you mean. I lost count how many times I beat myself up over things and just would not give myself a break.

      It has taken a good few years to really let go of stuff/people and not worry about what anyone thinks of me.

      Not letting go affected the way I was living. My shoulders were always rigid and my breathing was always fast. Throwing in my high anxiety it was not a great combination.

      Nowadays with the support from the author of this blog it is easier to let go and just be myself.

  10. ‘Take 2’ has become our family go-to.

    Being able to say ‘let’s do a take 2’ or ‘where is the take 2’ has opened up loads of tense situations for us.

    Poor choices made good. An antidote to self-hatred in a moment of self criticism. An opportunity to look again, to re-set.

    It has been particularly powerful with my young children – they love the opportunity it presents. It is like all the badness we call in or create in a particular moment is completely unnecessary and they can feel that when we say Take 2.

    Take 2 should be the name of a parenting book. It would be a best seller.

  11. Take 2 allows us to slow down and take a closer look at what happened.

    Our world is moving so fast, it is very easy to miss our life.

    Is that why we are needing to do more, because we have no recollection of the day that we just lived?

    So Take 2 and appreciate all the amazingness that you are, and the amazingness of everything around you.

  12. Thank you so much for this absolutely fantastic and life – enhancing blog.

    As I ponder this blog, I can feel a huge weight lift from my shoulders.

    Now, if I make a mistake, I don’t have to beat myself up any more. If I make a mistake, I don’t have to spend hours, days and sometimes years afterwards being full of negative thought, self-recrimination, anguish and regret. Mentally beating myself up used to be my default reaction when I made a mistake.

    Now, if I take a misstep, I can stop, pause, take a breath and take responsibility. I can then look for the lesson to be learned and then I can just Take 2. There is no beating myself up required when moving forward from a mistake.

  13. I really do love a Take 2 moment. It allows me to learn from my mistake/s rather than beat myself up. Which I did for decades.

    I brought so much complication into my life when I made mistakes . When the simple answer was to accept my mistakes, learn from them and move on.

    This blog is great to come back to and serves as a reminder to me that making the same mistakes over and over does not have to be on my radar anymore.

  14. I have been doing a Take 2 with a few things since the weekend. It really has made me see things differently. Most of all it has given me a renewed Focus on life.

    A Take 2 really does bring clarity and really does help me to Evolve.

  15. Take 2 for me is a new beginning. Not being hard on myself and do it in reaction. This has taken me a long time to realise this.

    I have noticed when I do a Take 2 it allows me to let go of any ideals and beliefs of what is going on at the time. Take 2 is starting over but with fresh eyes. It does not allow me to remain Stuck in a situation.

  16. If I had a pound for every opportunity where I could do a Take 2, I reckon I would be quite close to being a £millionaire.

    Like most people, I have made many mistakes in my life but having that ability to do a Take 2 can be very profound.

    If we come away from that first experience saying to ourselves I will never do that again, is Take 1 necessarily a bad thing.

    We are after all, human, and as such we make mistakes.

    It is how we respond to those mistakes and whether we are prepared to take full responsibility and accountability for them which can make all the difference.

  17. Thank you for this outrageously brilliant blog.

    What I love about the Simple Living Take 2 is that it removes the negative judgement from learning from our mistakes.

    With Take 2, if something hasn’t worked, we simply press the reset button by deciding to take responsibility for the situation, making a new choice and then having another go. No negative judgement, or indeed any negativity at all, is required.

  18. What you say here Raja makes sense. If I made a mistake it would sit with me and I would beat myself up for not getting it perfect.

    Well now I know there is no such thing as being and doing things Perfect. A Take 2 for me now actually brings me back to what I need to Focus on as opposed to beating myself because I got it wrong.

    I love to come back to this blog as it is a great reminder that a Take 2 is okay and can only support us to Evolve.

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