Brothers & Sisters,
As we lurch into these summer doldrums and for some of us the grips of boredom set in let us not dip our toes into the pools of complacency but instead we should seek to energize our spirits. Too many of us swim through each day with blinders on and not slowing down enough to take in the things around us. After what I would consider a problematic week I found myself this past Saturday contemplating a way to move the improvement needle for myself this coming week. I sat down and meditated on what made this week particularly harsh and the one thing that rose to the surface every time was that I was going so fast I didn't stop to appreciate the things around me.
I'd like you to join me this week when you wake up before you check your phone before you drink that cup of coffee complete the following things:
Take a step outside
Find something that is beautiful
Close your eyes
Take a deep breath and check your soul - make sure nothing from the prior day is lingering - if anything is lingering, let it go if you can, otherwise create a mental note to start working on solving it today.
Center your thoughts around the thing you chose
Exhale slowly - contemplating the beauty of that thing
Open your eyes
Get going on your day!
This entire process doesn't take long at all and is a few minutes worth spending each and every morning. It teaches you to slow down and understand that there is a whole world out there that is vast and waiting for you to appreciate. Your phone will be there when you return, so will your coffee, learn to give yourself a few minutes at the start of each day and it will bear so much fruit throughout the day for you and those around you.
My friends, lift someone up this week that might be in need of a post to lean on. Check in on your friends and family, make sure that they have what they need and are all doing great. Let them know you're thinking about them and that you love them. Have kids? Give them an extra hug or two. They might squirm, but you're building up hug equity, and it's totally ok.
Finally, make sure that before speaking this week think about the words that are about to pour out from your lips. Are they what you'd want to hear? Are you about to say something hurtful? Are you about to prop up your ego? Where does any of this get us? Remember, it costs nothing to be nice but everything to be mean.