What to Do When the Ground Feels Shaky

Sullivan showMake no mistake, even happy, positive, optimistic motivational speakers feel a little uncertain and "waffley" sometimes. And if this ever happens to you, you might want to try this surefire remedy.

When the ground feels shaky and your life feels somewhat unstable, that's the time to surround your self with secure anchors. By secure anchors, I'm referring to anything that you can see, hear, smell, taste or touch that feels comforting and reminds you of a happy, blissful time in your life.  

My husband and I were watching a very disturbing news program on television recently. I will admit that my feeling of uneasiness grew as I continued to watch the devistation and tragedy unfold. Finally, remembering that my feelings come DIRECTLY out of what I am focused on, (hellooooo!) I remembered that I could, in fact, change the channel!  I flipped over to PBS and there, to my delight and amazement, was an old rerun of the Ed Sullivan Show! 

I remember as a young girl watching that show every Sunday night of my life.  And as I sang along tonight with Ricky Nelson, I felt 15 again. I felt silly and carefree and happy. 

Do you have a favorite sweatshirt that you've had forever? How about a cherished family photo? Do you have an old movie that you bought on video that you absolutely love? Like maybe "It's a Wonderful Life". Perhaps you have a favorite CD of the Beatles or Sting or ABBA. Whatever works for you.

Look around. Those secure anchors are there. Just waiting to be dusted off and enjoyed again. You can go back to those happy times. Maybe only for a visit – but you can go back. 


Motivational Speaker Linda Larsen, CSP has been described by meeting planners and audiences as "hysterically funny," and "riveting." Known for her ability to connect on an authentic and emotional level with audiences, her spontaneous sense of humor, and her engaging and powerful stories, Linda is passionate about sharing ideas to help people live their finest, best, and most productive lives. Her riveting and true story of being kidnapped and held hostage at gunpoint by an escaped convict, and the strategies she used to escape, will give people the tools THEY need to rise above any of life's toughest challenges, to communicate more effectively with THEIR difficult person, and to find creative solutions to THEIR problems. To book motivational speaker, Linda Larsen: 941-927-4700

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  1. It sounds weird when I say it out loud, but candles are one of my anchors. They make me happy. Each scent brings up different memories, and seeing them flicker, seems to cover up the dust and the mess with a beautiful glow. Cooking is an anchor for me. I don't do it often. But last night I made au gratin potatoes. Since we never eat white potatoes, this was a real treat. I stretched out that cooking moment for an hour – slowly dripping in cream and butter – adding more garlic – a little more salt – tasting it again – soaking up the smells in my crowded little kitchen that was decorated fifteen years ago and probably will never be again. Twinkling lights on a Charlie Brown Christmas tree. The smell of chocolate chip cookies coming out of the oven. And sitting down to write a new story. Those are my anchors. And thank you for reminding me that they are there. (And by the way….you are my anchor too, Ms. Linda. If you could just put a wick on your head and emit the smell of cinnamon…)

  2. Ah, a Linda Larsen Cinnamon candle that we could pack in our suitcase to bring with for anchor emergencies! My anchor is pulling out old photo albums. I can lose time viewing cherished photos and memories of my little girls that take my mind back to simple moments of delicious pleasure.

    • Colette I USED to take a candle with me when I traveled but have forgotten to do that in a long while! Thanks for that reminder! I did always take a photo of John with me an put it right on the nightstand in my hotel room so that he was the last face I saw before I went to sleep and the first one I saw when I woke up. That one worked GREAT! I had John with me at night – without any snoring! Yippee!

  3. For some reason, whenever I see a photo of a horse – a beautiful horse, with our without a rider, it takes me back to my youth spent with my best friend Roper.  He was there for me during all of my turmoils as a teen.  He was amazing, I loved that horse.  So, anytime I see a photo, I get such a warm memory of my Roper. Simpler times.  And, no, I won't send you a candle that smells like Roper!!!!

  4. Any Doris Day movie anchors me.  Or singing any song from Sound of Music or Mary Poppins.  My new wish is definitely a Cinnamon Scented Linda candle!!!

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