For a phase, I deleted social media apps from my phone and replaced them with the Catholic lectionary app. Here are a few things I’ve noticed in making the change.
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.
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.
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.
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.