Sunday Thinking

"To the world you may be one person; but to one person you may be the world."

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.

"I live to enjoy life by the littlest things, feeling the grass between my toes, breathing fresh air, watching the wind sway the trees, enjoying the company of loved ones, a deep conversation, getting lost in a good book, going for a walk in nature, watching my kids grow up. Just the feeling itself of being alive, the absolute amazing fact that we are here right now, breathing, thinking, doing."

― Marigold Wellington, Author

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I. A Gentle Reminder

Today, I give myself permission to be a masterpiece and a work in progress, simultaneously. Things that can co-exist:

  • Growth and Mistakes

  • Anxiety and Confidence

  • Learning and Unlearning

  • Accountability and Self-forgiveness

“It’s not the existence of beliefs that is the problem, but what happens to us when we hold them rigidly, without examining them, when we presume the absolutely centrality of our views and become disdainful of others.” ― Sharon Salzberg

II. See the Beauty

People often think that something "far off" will make them happy.

  • That moving to a new place or getting a different job or meeting someone new will change how they feel.

  • But happiness will always be withheld if you believe it is somewhere else.

The secret is to find happiness in the people and places that are close to you. See the beauty in the things that are nearby.

Source: James Clear, The 3-2-1 Newsletter

III. The Truth Liberates

5 truths that changed my life:

  1. If they really wanted to, they would.

  2. Success is 5% brains and 95% consistency.

  3. Changed behavior is the only real apology.

  4. There's no self-development without self-awareness. You can read as many books as you like, but if you can't read yourself, you'll never learn a thing.

  5. If your goal is to have a healthier mind, start by removing all the junk from your diet.

Source: Steven Bartlett, The Diary of a CEO

IV. Question

What are you being called to do, and how are you answering your life's call?

V. This Week, I Will

  1. Not discredit my journey.

  2. Begin getting clear about what I value.

  3. See the beauty in the things that are nearby.

  4. Live in gratefulness even when uncomfortable.

  5. Practice radical empathy with myself and others.

The Last Words…

“There’s no “right answer”— only endless possibilities, unanswered questions, and an inability to satisfy everyone. Every day, we have to make nuanced decisions and snap judgements about how we’re going to use our time, energy, and resources. And sometimes, we have to choose between self-preservation and showing up for the people we love. We have to choose between vulnerability and self-protection. We have to choose between taking care of ourselves and taking care of the people we love. I don’t know if these decisions ever get easier. I don’t know if life ever starts to make more sense. What I do know is that we owe it to ourselves to keep learning ourselves, our needs, and our boundaries so that we can better understand how to show up for ourselves, the people we love, and the world.”

― Michell C. Clark, Love Lives Here