Not all houseguests are created equal. The guests whom I strive to emulate when the tables turn and I’m the one camping out on a friend’s pullout couch share these characteristics.
We have at least some degree of control over how we anticipate events as well as how we remember them.
When we are able to move from grief to gratitude when reflecting on the past, our experience of life will be more positive.
I am gainfully employed in work that is meaningful and engaging, but I still find the question “what’s your dream job?” useful in orienting my short-term priorities and long-term goals. It helps me add zest to my work through tapping into my passions and dreams and it helps me determine how to most meaningfully spend my free time.
In the name of humility, a lot of us have the temptation to downplay our achievements, hopes and plans. The impulse behind the “stay quiet” mentality — erring on the side of humble — is good, but there are also benefits of living life more openly and enthusiastically.
We all have various baselines throughout our everyday lives, including how much we exercise, how clean we keep our houses and the amount of social stimulation we need to feel happy. Knowing yours can help you on the path to self-knowledge, acceptance and growth.
Poetry has the potential to convey deep ideas and valuable lessons with just a few words beautifully strung together. Sharing poems with our children is a practice that can help them—and us—grow in faith and understanding of God.
Our initial brushes with homesickness don’t always reveal the true story of what we miss, and for a few different reasons, I think it’s important to spend some time getting clear about what we long for from times past.
The first step in solving problems is assessing the actual problem. Making this practice “step one” when encountering challenges will save time, mental energy and emotional stamina, better equipping me to solve the real issues at hand in any given situation.