Raw messages about life. Sharing questions that will make you think. Self-reflection, life hacks, and messages of hope and happiness. 1 year as a teacher.
How To Change A Life
As the Xbox flew across the room en route to my coworker’s very surprised face, I remember thinking to myself “Why did I take this job?” My coworker was unharmed, the Xbox narrowly missed his head and exploded on the floor with a loud cry from the kids behind me because their only entertainment during the pandemic was now just debris spread out across the hard floor. I used to work at a group home for troubled adolescents. Many of them had problems with drugs, pornography, and aggression. I learned a lot while I was with them, some of the lessons have stayed with me more than others.
Staying Present to Overcome Anxiety about the Past and Future
It can feel like there's too much going on at one time, which creates anxiety and frustration. In reality, many times these feelings come from thinking about things that already happened, or things that may happen later. It's important to differentiate between what we are currently experiencing and what we have experienced or might experience. Knowing the difference can save us from a lot of heartaches.
Every Day I'm a New Person
At the end of the day, it can be frustrating to look back and wonder what more we could have done. Sometimes it feels like no time has passed at all, and we are back in bed, counting sheep again. During the day we’re forced to make decisions every minute of every hour. These decisions result in who we are and who we will become. Though it’s difficult to realize this in the moment, making better decisions adds value and meaning to our days and life.
Stop Overthinking Your Future
When I was a kid I remember my parents telling me they were going to take me on my first rollercoaster. I imagined what it would be like as a new experience for my 8-year-old self. I remember thinking that the roller coaster would go so fast that it would fall off the rails and that would be it for me. As you can tell by the fact that my adult self has written this article, that's not what happened. I actually loved the roller coaster and have been on many more since.
Tricking Your Brain To Finish Large Tasks
A few years ago I got into a conversation with a neighbor of mine about how he started biking to work every single day. It took him 45 minutes or so and he even did it even in freezing cold weather and bad wind. I asked him how he could even get out of bed knowing that he was about to go through such a difficult time every single morning. He told me he had to lie to himself.
You Don't Know Yourself
When I was in my teenage years I relied heavily on my friends. I barely had my own opinions, beliefs, and interests. Very few things mattered to me. I found that when I was alone I was either in a bad mood, or numb. I didn't know which was worse. This caused me to struggle in school and at home. I had no goals or ambitions.
How To Be More Productive
We can compare productivity to a giant ball that's on almost flat ground. If we barely give it a push it will start rolling, if we stop it then it will stay in place again. If the ball hasn't picked up any speed yet then stopping it is easy. If we let it pick up speed then it becomes harder to stop.
How To Get Motivated
Here's a list of ways you can get motivated to get more work done, feel organized, and be more productive. Most importantly it's a list that will help you to be excited about life. There's too much to be excited about for us to feel that there's nothing here for us.
The Man Who Cried For Help
I once had a conversation sitting in front of a little empty house with a man who was crying for help. We talked about life, religion, family, and the difficulties that he had been going through alone for years. The reason I remember this man is because of what I felt as he shared a heartbreaking story that I can't recall the details of. I felt the pain that he spoke of, I could feel it inside of my chest. It felt like I was being crushed and there was little hope of a happier life ahead of me. As soon as we finished talking, the feeling was gone.
Habits Are Like The Wood Planks That Form A Bridge
We’ve all heard of things we can do to supposedly be more productive or start the day off full of energy and drive. These habits that everyone talks about. Great entrepreneurs that wake up at 4 in the morning or celebrities that work out twice a day and have diets that don’t even seem like a real person could live off of. Do all of these habits make any meaningful changes in a person’s life? Can they improve your mood and make your day better and more productive?