High Hopes by Patrick Lindsay is a book that contains simple suggestions, supported by quotes of wisdom. It encourages us to slow down and make small changes. To live moment by moment. We have the power to change our lives.
I love this little book for myself and the people I work with.
“Live NowPatrick Lindsay
Refuse to let time dictate your day. Lose track of it. Immerse yourself in whatever you’re doing. Surrender yourself to the activity. Commit your full attention. Notice the difference.”
“The happiest of all lives is a busy solitude.”Voltaire (François-Marie Arouet) (1694-1778)
Learn more about the book, here.
Idea for if you work with teens
As I said earlier, I recommend this book to others. Years ago, I worked with teens at a residential facility as a milieu counselor. We had a big white board, and each day, I would pull something from High Hopes and write it on the board. The teens enjoyed that and would sometimes write it in their journal or decorate around it using dry erase markers.
If you work with teens, I have found that this gentle approach to engaging with teens is easy and can be inspiring. Some days, something I would write seemed to spark people who appeared to be really struggling, as I’d catch them looking at the board and writing in their journal. Occasionally, I observed a boost in positive emotions and peer interactions following.
You don’t have to use this book, there are plenty of good books to pull inspiration from and share with others. I do prefer this method over looking up quotes online. Quotes online seem to repeat themselves and you don’t always know the credibility or who said what. High Hopes is a small book, so it fit in my full bag that I’d take into work.
I hope that this article inspired you.
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