When confronted with injustice and tragedy, (which is a frequent event if we keep up with the news)
Do not merely ask, “Who could do such a thing?”
Also ask, “Help me recognize the depth of pain, loneliness, and anger in humans who think of doing such things.”
Do not merely ask, “How could something so terrible have happened?”
Also ask, “How can I be more in touch with the painful, tragic things that are happening in people’s lives all over the world, right now.”
Do not merely ask, “How can I physically protect myself and my family from this evil?”
Also ask, “How can I psychologically shield myself and others from despair and live a courageous life in spite of tragedy?”
On the History Channel series, Alone, Callie North appears to be disconnected with reality when she first builds herself a chair instead of a shelter. (She used the chair to sit and admire the beauty of her Patagonia “home!”)
Later, it becomes clear that she knew the priority of fortifying her mind with beauty and gratitude in order to sustain her body through the rigors of the ordeal. While her competitors were wrestling with their demons of hunger and discontent, Callie appeared physically and mentally strong, even light-hearted. If not forced to tap out due to infected spider bites, her unorthodox strategy may have brought her the win.
It certainly brought me inspiration…and the message to keep my priorities right.
(I don’t usually watch this series, but so glad I “met” Callie North!)
Expect an adventure that tries your faith, strength, and endurance.
Expect to use all that you have with nothing left over.
Expect the exhilarating joy of survival against the odds.
It may not be free, but this ride is worth the price you’ll pay.
It’s a customized ride that showcases your glow in the fire.
You will scream, “My God, why have you forsaken me?”
In the best company.
And the gilded answer will astound you.
Ironic…but sadly true.
Many people do not have family and friends with whom to celebrate, which, understandably causes sadness. But, unfortunately, those of us who do, still find things to complain about.
Top complaints you might hear while “being thankful:”
- I ate too much
- I’m so tired
- Thanksgiving is too much work
- Everyone expects me to cook for them and do all the work
- So ‘n so is such a jerk
- So ‘n so drank too much
- So ‘n so is so rude
- I’m bored
Wanna have better holidays? Start by taking the 24 Hour Challenge.
- No complaints.
- No whining.
- Substitute with compliments and gratitude.
- After cleaning up the airspace for the first day…do us all a favor and keep going.