Everything affects everything else.
Turning your life around starts with the smallest discipline.
It can start with eating an apple a day. It can start with planning the next day on paper. It can start with reading the first book. It can start with waking up half an hour earlier. It can start with going around the block for your health. It can start with, “Hey, I know our lives are not that great, and I wonder what we could do to change that.”
That small discipline you pick up today will inspire you to pick up the next and the next and soon, the disciplines that seemed so hard, in the beginning, are now part of your life.
Start with whom you already know. Ask them to bring their best friend with them.
Start with people near you. Ask your neighbour for eggs. Ask them for milk. Come back with something as a way of saying thanks. Start the conversation.
There are many easy ways to meet new people. And there is always room for one more great person in our lives.
If you struggle to explain something to someone else, there is the opportunity to make it even more clear to you.
There’s an opportunity for both, the listener to see something for the first time and the speaker to see it more clearly by struggling to express it.
Words are clumsy sometimes. Especially when you want to express what’s in your mind, let alone your heart or spirit. But the more you struggle to make it clear for someone else, the more clear it gets for you.
What if all your problems actually were gifts? What if that nasty co-worker is here to teach you something? What if being overwhelmed and getting too many requests inherits a valuable lesson?
What a fool I sometimes am to think I’m not supposed to have problems!
Not thinking we’re supposed to have problems, that’s the only problem we have with problems. Problems call us to a higher level – face and solve them now!
we should ask why. Why – from the perspective of meaning, order and purpose. We don’t ask why long enough, not deeply enough, and that’s why we suffer.
And as long as you cannot come up with a reason that gives you strength instead of one that makes you weak, it’s a test of faith. Faith, so tangible that it’s a part of the real – the courage to believe that the experiences will connect down the road, even if you cannot see that far ahead right now.