Sunday Thinking

"Breathe through your thoughts. Hold on to your heart. One breath at a time. You are finding your way."

The weekly Sunday Thinking newsletter is quick-hit content that aims to provide a booster shot to your thought process as you end and start your week.

"When I decided that trauma wasn't going to be my resting place. When I decided that healing had my name on it, my life really changed. And I made a choice to change. We are possible. That our life is the proof that we've made it. Our life is the proof that we are worthy. That's it. As we are, where we are is enough. So to whoever is struggling today, know that joy comes ― it returns. That your dreams are real. They are valid. You are worthy."

― Alex Elle, Author

I. Reimagining Our Happiness

  • Happiness is not a function of what you achieve. It's a function of how you spend your time.
  • Success is a temporary thrill. Happiness lies in doing daily activities that bring you joy.
  • There's always a new mountain to climb. You don't have to anchor your emotions to the summit.

Source: Adam Grant, Think Again

II. It’s Okay to Slow Down

As we meet this critical moment in leadership, here are some gentle reminders for the onward journey:

  • Our uniqueness is our secret sauce. Our authenticity is our superpower.
  • We were all born artists. We were born with the right to show up in this life and our work as the real us, not a perfect illusion of who we think we need to be. It’s okay not to be okay. 
  • Sometimes experiencing doubt, discomfort, and fear are nature’s reminders that there is something essential to learn, to experience, to unlearn and to embrace.

III. The Power of Getting Clarity

5 strategies to avoid getting stuck in a rut:

  1. Make time every day to sit in stillness, self-reflect, and check-in with yourself. 
  2. Aim to have people in your life that care enough about you to help you see your blind spots.
  3. Prioritize your self-care and make sure your own bucket is full.
  4. Focus on work that you find meaningful, in service of others, and that contributes to something bigger than yourself.
  5. Prioritize your personal development.

Source: Alan Stein, Sustain Your Game

IV. What We’re Excited About

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V. Question

What does self-forgiveness look and feel like to you?

VII. This Week, I Will

  1. Rise above fear.
  2. Cultivate my humility.
  3. Not make assumptions.
  4. Walk the uncommon path.
  5. See more perspectives than my own.

The Last Words…

"Forgiveness is giving up the hope that the past could be any different. I think for myself, and I know many of you think forgiving means accepting what has happened to you. Well, it is accepting that it has happened to you. Not accepting that it was okay for it to happen. It is accepting that it has happened. And now, what do I do about it? Forgiving is giving up the hope, not holding on, hoping, wishing that it could have been any other way than it actually was. Giving up the hope that the past could be any different. And when I got that, I think it took me to the next level of being a better person because I don't hold grudges for anything or any situation, and neither should you. It is letting go so that the past does not hold you prisoner ― does not hold you hostage."

― Oprah Winfrey, Super Soul Sunday

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