Happy Soul Food Friday!
Did You Notice The Green Lights?
Whether it is the global pandemic, the war in Ukraine, or other challenges that seem to keep rearing their ugly heads, it sure seems tough to stay in a positive frame of mind.
I am telling you, if it’s not one thing, it’s another…
Now that traffic has picked up, have you noticed that if you are running late and trying to get to your destination on time, every red light can get in your head and make you stressed?
You feel your pulse racing, anxiety rising, frustration building…
Now replay the tape…
If you think back, how many of the green lights did you notice?
If you are like most of us, we have a form of attentional blindness to the green lights and seem to miss all of them, while we perseverate on all the red ones.
Humans brains seem to be wired to be velcro for the bad stuff and teflon for the good stuff.
Just recognizing this default setting, and choosing to attend to the green lights, both literally and figuratively can be a powerful tool in dealing with the day to day challenges we all face.
So here is a thought for the week:
Take some time everyday to focus on the green lights in your life.
When you find yourself thinking about all the things you don’t have, consider all the things you don’t have that you don’t want!
Focusing on the green lights is a form of practicing an attitude of gratitude.
It is hard to be hateful and grateful at the same time.
May you have a week filled with green lights both personally and professionally, and maybe share your evergreen attitude with others.
Joy shared is doubled. Misery shared is halved…
You’ve got this!
Celebrating International Women’s Day Week:
International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality.
“Imagine a gender equal world. A world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination. A world that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated. Together we can forge women’s equality. Collectively we can all #BreakTheBias.”
Strike the Pose!
IWD: IWD 2022 campaign theme: #BreakTheBias (internationalwomensday.com)
200 classical musicians join London orchestral flashmob in solidarity with Ukraine
Musicians took part in a flashmob in London’s Trafalgar Square, to show solidarity with Ukraine.
With no rehearsal time, the musicians gathered for an outdoor flashmob described as “spine-tingling” by spectators walking past the square.
200 classical musicians join for London orchestral flashmob in solidarity with… – Classic FM
We need to keep a “strong back and a soft front”
Yes pay attention to what is happening in Ukraine, but also pay attention to what is happening within you…
How can you ‘compassion it’ for Ukraine? (mailchi.mp)
5 Simple Acts Of Kindness Giving Ukrainians (And The World) Some Hope
The world is coming together to help Ukrainians – on the borders and at home.
5 Simple Acts Of Kindness Giving Ukrainians (And The World) Some Hope | HuffPost UK Life (huffingtonpost.co.uk)
CRITICAL FOUNDATIONS: The Thirty Questions Anyone Must Answer to Build a Meaningful Life:
By Scott Schimmel
What are the step-by-step ingredients someone needs to build a meaningful life?
The current school system is a sprint to gain the knowledge necessary to pass tests and be ready for the academic challenges in college. There’s little room for reflection, integration, or building relevant self-awareness.
Through years of research and work with tens of thousands of students, educators, transitioning veterans, and parents, we’ve developed a keen perspective- a meaningful life has to be intentionally constructed. It doesn’t work to give answers—you have to ask questions. You have to create the circumstances for people to discover their own answers to life’s most critical questions.
In this book, Scott walks through each one of the thirty critical questions—why they’re so essential and how to go about answering them. With vulnerable storytelling, these foundational concepts become accessible and relatable to someone of any age. The second half of the book delves into common sense skills to help guide young people to find their answers to these critical questions.
Thanks this week go to Sara S, Scott S, Trailblazing, Game Changing Women everywhere, and You for being Soul-filled!
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