Not doing something that causes pain, sadness or even just irritation to another is human decency. Actively going out of your way to make some else’s burden lighter, life sweeter, and heart fuller — likely at your own expense — that is true generosity of the golden variety.
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.
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.
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.
We can prime ourselves to notice the goodness in creation by keeping the goodness at the front of our minds, by telling ourselves that it exists and calling attention to it when it passes through our day.
Regardless of our stage in life, we are whole, valuable human beings, who are also incomplete and still growing. We can simultaneously notice and name our limitations while accepting ourselves at the stage we are in.