Sisu is a Finnish way to success in life, in love, and in every other area of your life. Sisu is really a word that can’t be translated into English, but many people have tried to translate it and relate it to our lives. The Sisu way to success includes guts, perseverance, will power, determination, and courage.
When we break down this word, Sisu, it means inner or inside, which is probably where the relation of guts appears. The Finnish definition means inner strength. In her book, Sisu, The Finnish Art of Courage, Joanna Nylund explains that everyone has sisu. It’s deep within each of us just waiting to be reached.
Have any of these?
- Stoic determination
- Beyond Perseverance
These are action-oriented mindsets. Your example shows your Sisu.
Sisu is alive among the Finnish people but how do others cultivate this determination to gain a more health filled life and live the Sisu life? It takes patience and the small goals and steps to become an example of Sisu.
When you make the decision to cultivate these characteristics you’ll use Sisu as the basis of every part of your life and your life will change. You’ll be a participant in your health and your life.
- Are you leading an active, healthy life?
- Are you communicating with others in your life?
- Are you raising your kids to have these traits?
With Sisu, you can use it’s leverage in the accomplishment of every goal you may have and inspire others to do the same. The Sisu way to success can very well be the end all for what ails us and helps us turn our wellness journey into a triumph.
So it’s January and I’m again following the 50 Day Cleanse. I’m on day 16 of it. I’ve lost another 6 pounds. I’ve eliminated the calluses and dry skin from my feet and hands. I can smell and taste so much better. I’m no longer tied to taking digestive enzymes and probiotics to aid my digestion. My craving for sugar and even sweet fruits are all gone. Now I eat for the sake of nourishment instead of feeding a craving. I’m still making yummy foods and smoothies (Working on a raw food smoothie book right now). I also am finding out that my countenance or rather my control grows stronger by the day. If you’re following my progress on our Facebook group, then you know what I’m talking about. The plan gets easier when we work the plan. I am not so much concerned with making sure everyday I eat in a set window of time. I eat during a four or five-hour window, but it all depends on when I’m hungry enough for that window to begin. And I never eat after 6 pm. But what does it mean to be ready for what’s next?
Being ready for what comes next means different things to different people. To me it’s making peace to whatever may come my way. I have a favorite quote up on my office wall. It’s from a Swedish diplomat, economist, and author, Dag Hammarskjold.
For all that has been, thanks. For all that will be yes.
I love this quote because it resonates with what I’ve been thinking and praying about. Living in gratitude is more that just being thankful for all we’ve got and experiences we’ve had. It means being thankful for what comes next. Being ready for the next surprise, being open to the next adventure, accepting the next challenge, saying “YES” to something that would normally get a “NO!” These are ways of accepting what comes next. It could mean a job loss, it could mean learning through a new trial in life. To me this quote also means you’re not going to sit and let life pass you by. You’re going to get uncomfortable for a while. It’s in our uncomfortableness where we grow the most.
This 50 Day Cleanse has much to do with expanding our thinking, moving into a new mindset, and a new healthy lifestyle. Yes, it takes courage, control, change, overcoming, and vision. But through all this you will gain a better, healthier version of yourself.
Are you ready for what comes next?
My last blog post was on the 13th of January and here it is February 2nd. I felt I needed to take some time and work on one of my challenges for the month of January. This unexpected break has helped to work on the emotional struggles I’ve been going through these last 10 months. I’m not saying that these struggles won’t rear their ugly heads yet again in my life, but now I know how to deal with them when they do.
I’ve learned so much through this whole ordeal that I thought I would share a bit of it here with you. If I sound like a broken record, please forgive me, I learn by repetition.
- I can’t change the way people in my life behave but I can remove myself from situations where their anger and put-downs don’t harm my well-being.
- Perception changes when we change.
- We all change, no one stays the same. If we aren’t changing and growing, then we’re dying. There is no in between. Living a life in limbo is not living.
- Therapy helps us grow, sometimes we get the feeling like we don’t fit in anymore, that’s because we’re growing beyond the group.
- The more I tried to make peace with people who want nothing to do with peace, the more frustrated I became. You can’t make peace with people who don’t want peace. You also can’t make peace with people who only want peace on their own terms.
- Letting go is an ongoing process; it’s not a one time deal. It’s a daily action that takes diligence, courage, and faith (so much faith!)
- Separating yourself from the people causing discord in your life, is sometimes the only way to heal.
- It takes courage to stand up for yourself, the reward is a healed life.
- Going through this struggle has made me see some traits in myself that I needed to correct, so I don’t repeat the cycle.
- Going to God has been my best refuge and shelter. To hide away in God’s word has helped me to see that I’m not the only one who has ever gone through this kind of struggle.
- There is no problem that is ever too big for God to handle, as long as I don’t keep taking the problem back after I’ve given it to him.
- PATIENCE! Waiting on God and letting Him work everything out on His timetable takes a whole lot of PATIENCE!
Yes, this was an unexpected break but one that I desperately needed to recharge my batteries, and give me a change in perspective. No longer am I trapped in wrong thinking, but my mind is renewed through the words of God that have helped cleanse me from the ill feelings that precipitated the emotional struggle that was holding me back for so many months.
Thank you dear my readers and followers for your loyalty, your patience, your love, and your encouragement during my time away.