One way to lift your spirits (taken from the book High Hopes by Patrick Lindsay)
“‘Live Now’ 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.” ~ Patrick Lindsay
“The happiest of all lives is a busy solitude.” ~ Voltaire (François-Marie Arouet) (1694-1778)
Years ago, I worked with teens at an inpatient home as a milieu counselor. I did this for two years. We had a big white board and I would pull something appropriate 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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Have you ever wished that you had more time for something or someone? There isn’t time for everything and we don’t know how much time we have, so we must respect time and prioritize the things that matter most. Increase your happiness and gratitude by using your time wisely.
Work is a huge priority for most people, but what about family and friends? Set work aside and arrange a weekly date night with your spouse. Visit someone who you value having in your life, but haven’t seen in a while. Call someone you used to be close with. Enjoy a monthly outing with your family. Spend more time with the people you value because the benefits are great.
When we don’t value time and prioritize the most meaningful things, we could end up feeling regret or grief. The opportunity was missed and it can’t be re-done. A friend or family member could become ill and unable to spend time with you like you wanted. There could be a friend or family death and you wish that you spoke with them more. Don’t wait for opportunities, take action, because even though you can heal from regret and grief, you should take advantage of the present time.
Do you have something that you’ve always wanted to do before you die? We don’t know how much time we have, so it is best to take action now. Travel to National Parks that you’ve always wanted to visit. Write that book that you’ve been thinking about for years. Apply to be a contestant on your favorite game show. Go see the world’s largest waterfall. Learn, grow and follow your dreams. Maybe involve the people you care about in your goals.
Work will always be there, but time for the things and people who matter most will not. Don’t miss opportunities to do what you truly value in life, create the opportunity yourself. Spend your time wisely, it will increase happiness and gratitude, you (and others) will be glad that you did.
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