Get better and better
Every moment is a choice, and every day is a consequence of all the choices you have made. To achieve different consequences, make different choices.
Each experience is a learning experience. Continue to learn what works and what doesn’t, what fulfills you and what doesn’t, and use that knowledge to great benefit.
Find valuable insight in what has been, and make use of that insight right now when choosing what to do. That’s a surefire way to improve what will be.
As life goes on, you have every opportunity to get better and better at it. With each joy, each disappointment, each success and each setback, your choices can become more powerful and effective.
Life generously teaches, so learn. Life demonstrates, inspires, and gives priceless feedback, so pay close attention and eagerly apply its ongoing lessons.
You’re truly blessed with the opportunity to continue getting better. Take that opportunity, now and always, and delight in continuing to discover all the good you can do.
— Ralph Marston
Consulting Heart and Mind
Making Choices From a Place of Balance
by Madisyn Taylor
It is important to make decisions from a place of balance in your life by taking a breath and checking in with heart and mind.
Each of the myriad decisions we make every day has the potential to have a deep impact on our lives. Some choices touch us to our very cores, awakening poignant feelings within us. Others seem at first to be simple but prove to be confusingly complex. We make the best decisions when we approach the decision-making process from a balanced emotional and intellectual foundation. When we have achieved equilibrium in our hearts and in our minds, we can clearly see both sides of an issue or alternative. Likewise, we can accept compromise as a natural fact of life. Instead of relying solely on our feelings or our rationality, we utilize both in equal measure, empowering ourselves to come to a life-affirming and balanced conclusion.
Balance within and balance without go hand in hand. When you are called upon to choose between two or more options, whether they are attractive or distasteful, you should understand all you can about the choice ahead of you before moving forward. If you do not come to the decision from a place of balance, you risk making choices that are irrational and overly emotional or are wholly logical and don’t take your feelings into account. In bringing your thoughts and emotions together during the decision-making process, you ensure that you are taking everything possible into account before moving forward. Nothing is left up to chance, and you have ample opportunity to determine which options are in accordance with your values.
Though some major decisions may oblige you to act and react quickly, most will allow you an abundance of time in which to mull over your choices. If you doubt your ability to approach your options in a balanced fashion, take an extended time-out before responding to the decision. This will give you the interlude you need to make certain that your thoughts and feelings are in equilibrium. As you practice achieving balance, you will ultimately reach a state of mind in which you can easily make decisions that honor every aspect of the self.
Do You Get Enough Sleep?
by Annie B. Bond
Sleep is the physiological function that helps nourish our mind, body, and soul, essential for good health and upbeat spirits. Better sleep gives you more energy, improves your mood, makes you less prone to accidents and less irritable, and increases your life span.
The National Commission on Sleep Disorders says, “America is seriously sleep deprived, with serious consequences.“ Lack of sleep decreases productivity, effectiveness, concentration, decision-making abilities, and physiological immunity. Are you getting enough sleep for optimum mind, body, and spirit wellness? Take this simple quiz and find out:
How many of these statements are TRUE for you?
1. I need to rely on an alarm clock to wake me up.
2. I often feel tired and foggy-headed.
3. I often doze off while watching TV or while sitting and reading.
4. I sometimes fall asleep in public places such as movie theaters or school classes.
5. I sometimes get drowsy in a car–either as a driver or as a passenger.
6. Fatigue sometimes interferes with my daily activities.
If you answered TRUE to any of these questions, you could use more and better-quality sleep.