April 6, 2021 - Yesterday morning I was walking across the UVM campus feeling a bit stressed, thinking about things like COVID and other heavy thoughts. As I was walking, looking down at the sidewalk, I came across a chalked message that said, “We love you.” It instantly made me smile. I looked around and noticed there were dozens of upbeat messages in chalk. Things like, “Have a great day,” “Brighter Days Ahead,” “Enjoy the sunshine.” It was really awesome. I was amazed at the effect these messages had on my mental state. I just loved how little it took to turn around my mind.
SO, right now imagine that you are walking on a sidewalk..any sidewalk, anywhere. As you walk along messages appear on the sidewalk that happen to be the perfect messages for you today. Step my step, you see new messages that remind you of what you need to hear today, and of your positive, good self. Just like my “real life” experience with these chalk messages, doing it in your mind can truly change your head around. I hope you enjoy your walk…and, enjoy doing that with me in class today. :-)