No matter what’s going on, I do have some choice in the matter of whether I fall into the grumpy or the friendly camp. I think it’s area worth exerting some reflective, positive control.
We tend to observe and understand the people whom we encounter through the limited perspective that we have in our given time and place, but if you find that your current perspective is making someone look bad, try considering how you’ll feel about them in ten years.
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.