Today’s Challenge: If you have something important to say, don’t text it. Pick up the phone or find time to meet in person.
Today’s Challenge: Get social. Make plans with somebody this week and get out of the routine. Shake things up. Have a little fun! 🙂
Gosh, I’m going through so many crazy changes… Some I’m excited about, some make me sad, but it’s what this amazing life is all about. During these times of change I know how easy it is to isolate–I’ve done it. I usually use the excuse that I’m too busy with writing and work to make time with friends. But in truth, sometimes I just want to be alone. Being an introvert, time alone is how I recharge my batteries. But I can see that too much time alone can also drain energy and happiness. Finding that balance is key. So if it’s been awhile since you called a friend to have coffee or lunch, maybe it’s time to reach out. Your friend just might need a friend, too. 🙂
Today’s Challenge: Look through your old pictures and memories.
I recently went through hard times with somebody I love. I was also in the process of spring cleaning and organizing.
When I came across boxes of old pictures and memories, I slowed down enough to reminisce.
I cried. I laughed. I took pictures of pictures and text them to my sisters. ( I like that rhyme 🙂 )
I separated my memories into three separate boxes: family, friends, and my own personal accomplishments.
It was good for me. I was reminded of my accomplishments, good friends, and loving family. I thought about past loves, family and friends in heaven, and lost dreams.
Going through my past felt like a type of meditation; I blocked out everything but the treasured memories I held on to.
And I learned that no matter what problems I go through with people I love, I will never forget the good times we shared or the positive impact they had on my life.
Today’s Challenge: Talk less.
I’m guilty. Sometimes I talk too much and don’t listen enough. Sometimes I’m so caught up in my thoughts and everything I need to say, that I stop listening. Sometimes I’m so sure I have the answers to the problems and I’m quick to share my (in my mind) brilliance.
But, there are times when I’m quiet and I listen. I slow down and I hear what other people say to me. And it’s amazing to actually listen to the people we care about. To really listen. Something else happens, too. We start to listen to body language and the tone of the voice and the emotion… and suddenly we’re closer to people around us… we’re connecting.
Today’s Challenge: Page through one of your favorite books.
While doing some marketing research, I started looking at other author’s websites and Facebook pages. I normally only check out the hot, new authors to see what they are doing online, but out of curiosity, I looked up my old favorite, Richard Bach. I reread his bio and learned that he had released Illusions, part two. WHAT? Of course I had to download it right away. Then I went to my bookshelf and grabbed my taped-together copy of Illusions, Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah and started reading this book for the twentieth time. I wanted to read part one again before I started part two, Illusions, Adventures of a Reluctant Student.
I love how rereading a book, after many years, takes me back in time. 🙂