It’s easy to offer thanks for the blessings in our lives, but what about being thankful for the growth we experience through adversity? The unexpected twists, turns, and turmoil that flip our world upside down are not friends we greet with cheer. Yet, could those hardships actually present us with opportunities to be grateful? [Read more…] about Being Thankful for Growth through Adversity
Are you feeling the Monday blahs?
One recent Monday morning, I stopped by the store to pick up an ink cartridge. I greeted the young male cashier with, “Good morning. How are you today?”
“You know, it’s Monday. Wish it was Friday,” he ho-hummed and slid the box across the scanner.
My first thought was that this young man could benefit from a little customer service training. My second thought was that he could use a shift in perspective about the first day of the workweek.
Clearly, he was new to the workforce. Could even be his first job. So, I cut him some slack, wished him a good day, and headed to work. [Read more…] about If You’re Feeling the Monday Blahs, Consider This
There’s nothing more hopeful than the thought of making positive, impactful changes in our lives. But once we initiate change, we may find some of those closest to us are unsupportive.
The process of personal transformation is difficult enough without such an unexpected obstacle. Whether we experience a change in career, adjustment to a new health regimen, or other circumstance, we need the support of others.
Despite this complicated challenge, we can still move ahead. [Read more…] about You Want to Change But They Don’t Support You: What Now?
Her demeanor was calm but I could tell her puffy eyes were holding back a waterfall. One more tug on fragile circumstances and the dam might burst. An hour earlier, I felt alone in my struggles. But witnessing her predicament, I realized I was not alone and things could always be worse.
When we’re under stress, we can start to feel a little sorry for ourselves. Overloaded, consumed with our own problems, we think we’re the only ones in the world experiencing hardship. That is, until we see someone who’s dealing with far worse difficulties than ours. [Read more…] about Feeling Alone in Your Struggles?
There’s a haunting some experience when they look back on their lives. A phantom lurks in empty crevices of the mind where something’s missing. That hollow space is reserved for the memory of an experience that sadly never was. Regret, in its truest form, is the ghost of what could have been.
When people speak of their greatest regret, they rarely talk about something they did. Rather, they’re usually hung up on what they failed to do.
Those regrets of lost opportunities are painful. No matter what is said in an attempt to ease their sadness, there’s little consolation for the grief.
What can you and I do now to prevent the unnecessary haunting of regret in our own lives? [Read more…] about Three Key Elements to Prevent the Haunting of Regret