Episode 030: Tune In and Tune Out

Are negative voices drowning you out? You can learn to tune out the voices in your head and tune in to what is good, true, and beautiful.

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On This Episode

Rhythm of Life – What My Colonoscopy Taught Me About Thanksgiving
Tune-up Tip – How Traditional Is Your Thanksgiving?
Random Riffs – Over the River and Through the Woods (and other fractured songs)
Feature Segment –Tune In and Tune Out

Rhythm of Life – What My Colonoscopy Taught Me About Thanksgiving

A few months ago, I had my first colonoscopy. The day before wasn’t fun. I was nauseous, weak, and worst of all was the effect hunger had on my mind.

I looked into the effect hunger has on the brain, especially in children in school. It’s a wonder hungry children can learn at all.

And it appears there is plenty of food in this country to feed everyone. According to this article, 40% of the food in the US goes uneaten – wasted. $165B each year.

The first thing I did when I got home? Made a donation to Feeding America.

This Thanksgiving be extra thankful for the abundance of food at your table. Don’t buy or cook more than you will eat. And consider donating to a food bank, soup kitchen, or Feeding America.

Tune-Up Tip – How Traditional Is Your Thanksgiving?

Many of us in the US celebrate with a “traditional” Thanksgiving dinner. Tradition varies between region of the country, and then even within regions, from family to family.

What did they have at the first Thanksgiving dinner? According to this article, it was actually not called Thanksgiving. It was a harvest celebration between Pilgrims and Waumpanoags in 1621.

The menu? What’s documented: Waterfowl, wild turkey, venison, corn. Turkey stuffed with chestnuts.

Probable additions based on research: seafood (listen to hear what), corn bread, beans, squash, nuts

I noted there was no mention of apples. Not sure if they were native to MA or not, so checked it out. Found these interesting articles about the history of apples.

Where did our idea of a traditional Thanksgiving come from? — Sarah Josepha Hale, editor of the popular women’s magazine Godey’s Lady’s Book. She was like the Martha Stewart of her time.

Other regional traditions:
Maps of the World
LA Times

Let’s take a lesson from the 1621 Harvest Festival in Plimoth, MA. Their food was

  • Real
  • Fresh
  • Local
  • And Social.

Random Riffs – Over the River and Through the Woods (and other fractured songs)

A tradition in our house was to sing “Over the river and through the woods” as we drove to my grandmother’s house for Thanksgiving and Christmas. We didn’t get all the words right. Listen to hear our fractured version of the song.

That got me thinking. What other songs do people tend to mess up? ClashMusic had a list of the most often messed up songs.

Another site had one I just had to share:

If you have any fractured song lyrics, especially if they are holiday song lyrics, share in the comments. We could all use a good laugh.

Feature Segment – Tune In and Tune Out

Do you ever tune into station WKRAP?? How often? Do you find your mind going there even when you don’t want to? Does listening to this station help you in any way? How much is even in your own voice? Would you love to tune it out and tune into something better? I know I did. I was so critical of myself that I couldn’t stand to be around me.

Others have said the same thing:

How can we turn off WKRAP and turn on the Beauty Channel?

Turn Off the Negative Noise

Shawn Achor tells us how our brains become wired for negativity in The Happiness Advantage. He says we have to reduce the noise.

There are three types of noise – words, thoughts and news.

Tune In to the Beauty Channel.  How?

Tune in – Hear it loud and clear. What are some ways to tune in?

  • Meditation
  • Pause
  • Silence

Interview – Dig below the surface. Ask probing questions.

Tune Out External Noise

  • Turn off the nightly news.
  • Avoid toxic people

Tune out internal noise.  The best way to tune out is to change to another station.

  • Speak words of truth
  • Express Gratitude
  • Turn negative thoughts into something constructive
  • Find Beauty in EVERYday

Because I believe so strongly that finding beauty in EVERYday helps tune out the negative voices and tune into what is good, right, pure, and excellent, here are two ways you can learn how to build and strengthen this practice:

Free 30-day Beauty in EVERYday Challenge
Find Beauty in EVERYday Course

Join me on the trail.

You can overcome negativity and fear and design your life. Just tune in, tune out, and tune in. Welcome to the Beauty Channel.

Additional Resources

David Burns – The Feeling Good Handbook
Shawn Achor article in The Globe and Mail
Article in LifeHack
Article about Affirmations

Catch the entire Life Design Mini-Series

Episode 021 – 6 Simple Techniques For Living in the Moment
Episode 022 – What Can You Bring to Every Day?
Episode 023 – Four Powerful Results From Effective Communication
Episode 024 – Designing Your Future – How Do You Start?
Episode 025 – Fear Hides When You Have a Killer Project Plan
Episode 026 – Get in the Game – the Entrepreneurial Option
Episode 027 – How to Be a Successful Intrapreneur
Episode 028 – A Super-Hero Dances With Fear
Episode 029 – 3 Powerful Strategies to Leave Procrastination Behind

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  • P Pollock

    This was not holiday song, but one most of us would remember. My youngest daughter was learning her ABC’s, and of course the Alphabet Song was her favorite tune. The only problem was, she would go through the entire song up to the last three letters and then get stuck. We would laugh and laugh. I still drive past a spot on one of the main roads (26 years later) and remember pulling the car over to the side because I was laughing too hard to drive! This is her version:
    A B C D E F G,H I J K L-M-N-O-P, Q R S T U V, W X Y N (instead of AND) O-P, Q R S T U V, W X Y N O P, Q R S T U V, W X Y N O P,……
    And she could go on in that strain FOREVER. It made no difference to her whatsoever that her alphabet had no “Z” and no end. Children are really so much fun!

    • This is great, Paula! I can picture it exactly. It sounds like one of those family stories that builds over time and becomes a great joke. Thanks so much for sharing this. Does you all still sing the song that way…just for old time’s sake?

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