Regardless of religion, spiritual path, or none of the above, we all want to be happy. And learning how to be less reactive and more kind and compassionate leads us in the happiness direction. And even better than leading us towards that sunlit path, a study done in 2008 by researchers at Harvard University and the University of California, San Diego found that when a person becomes happy, a friend living close by has a 25 percent higher chance of becoming happier!
As you walk into 2018, rather than lining out and piling up all the changes you expect to mark in your life over the next 12 months, consider resolving yourself to constant reinvention and perpetual beginning. Every moment can mark the start of a new cycle and represent a fresh opportunity – your own first day of Spring – whenever you’re ready to step into whatever new world you’re inclined to create.
If you’ve ever endeavored to explore something unfamiliar, uncomfortable, or unknown, you too have likely experienced this profound shift in what you believe about your limitations and capabilities. As the New Year approaches, seek out your own boundary lines. Pick them up, walk underneath and past them, and celebrate the boundlessness of the dormant possibilities you’ll see come to life.
We’ve passed through another Thanksgiving. Another spectacular opportunity to stand still and say THANK YOU to people and places and the universe – and the many ways our lives have been touched, colored, impacted. I hope you took full advantage, and I’ll nudge you to keep that spirit alive long after the traditional activities of the day have been eaten up, or packed up, and put away until next year.
The wings could fly off at any moment. The unexpected could reign down when you least expect it. We don’t have control over most things, but we have control over enough to make a difference in our own lives and the lives of those we love.
From Kodiak Island to Charleston – you were with us all the way! CoolWorks was traveling all over the place this October and met and chatted with hundreds of seasonal employers excited to see your applications!
That first step that led me to a discovery and a love for exploration and travel had a domino effect. You take that first step, and the ripples of what you can do, and what you think of doing, expand around and out the more you go, see, taste, laugh and live to tell about it.
It’s no wonder so many of us choose not to choose at all. We stay where it’s comfortable and safe – and boring. That’s why I try to remind myself to make decisions based on conquering my fears instead of avoiding them. It’s a great little mantra; however, following it requires me to put on my big girl pants and be courageous.
I fiercely fight for the right to bear maps. Big maps, fun maps, thinking maps, crinkly maps. Finding a map “outside the screen” can be a challenge, but we scored nicely as I wheeled the rental car into the Hillsboro, OR Visitor’s Center. I’m delighted that my daughter has grown up knowing north from south, rolling with my cartophile quirks, and navigating like a champ.