“The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.” – Barbara Kingsolver
You can’t measure life in tweets. We’re so dependent on an instant feedback loop now that if we aren’t getting likes, responses, comments and views, we can feel as though our lives are smaller than they should be. That they mean a little less. What if we can’t rate our happiness in Instagram engagement, we think. We may not be happy at all!
But life is bigger than that. Life had value in every second of every moment in every century before social media was invented. It has value now. In the work we do to care for ourselves and our families, in the moments we enjoy peace and passion. In the smells and sounds of the kitchen and the world outside our windows after it rains.
We can only a measure a life in the things that have real value. The engagement will come and go. The followers will come and go. But you and I? We’ll be right here.
All my love,
Start something new. That thing you’ve been planning. That story you want to write. That project you think about before you go to sleep at night, and wish you had the time for. Start it by taking one small step…the rest will follow.
Ask yourself what it means to be “healed” - it doesn’t mean to feel the way you felt before. It means to feel as though you can go on and keep moving. Healing doesn’t mean we leave our marks behind; sometimes it means letting the scar tissue form and carrying it with us.
Find something to reach for that isn’t your phone. It’s hard to break the habit of doom scrolling. But if you can carry something that will replace it in the margins between your tasks and activities - it could help. I carry a fidget cube, a tiny memo notebook and a copy of The Tiny MBA everywhere I go. They’re not a bad option B!
💻 Use: Mindnode
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📱 Read: 10 Simple Ways to Live a Less Stressful Life
“Stress is a major problem for many people — a hectic, stressful job, a chaotic home life, bills to worry about, and bad habits such as unhealthy eating, drinking and smoking can lead to a mountain of stress.
If your life is full of stress, like mine once was, there are some simple things you can do to get your life to a more manageable level.
Now, your life will probably never be stress-free — I don’t think that’s even desirable, even if it is possible, because stress is something that challenges us and helps us grow. At a reasonable level. But when stress gets too high, it causes us to be unhappy and unhealthy.”
🎧 Listen: Committed
“You think your relationship has had ups and downs? Host Jo Piazza interviews couples who went through real extraordinary circumstances and made it out the other end: One involves a man so sick he'd been read his last rights five times, another follows a couple who decided to quit their corporate jobs to live in an RV and drive cross-country together.”