“We all have a lifetime of experiences we bring to any relationship so it’s not uncommon to need to sort through our responses to emotions, triggers and conflict. I like to describe it as a sandpaper experience: when two pieces are first brought together, it’s pretty rough. But, if you continue to work through things and face into it, eventually you’ll smooth each other out.“ –Julie Homrich, LPC
“I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness – it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude.”–Brene Brown
“Every action you take is a vote for the type of person you wish to become.” –James Clear
Stress is inevitable. Not only is it impossible to live a completely stress-free life, but research shows us that stress is actually a precursor to meaning. Think about the last time you encountered something meaningful in your life…chances are, there was some kind of stressful moment or season that preceded it. So some measure of stress isn’t always bad. From Julie Homrich, LPC
Research shows it can take up to 20 minutes for the stress hormones released from triggers to metabolize and settle in your body. Up until that point, trying to have a peaceful conversation when you’re feeling anything but peaceful internally is quite counterproductive.
If the only affirmation for doing what is right is the Spirit of God, would you do it anyway?
Start every single day by answering this question: What amI grateful for today? I realize the I sound like a broken record, but seriously? How long does it take to jot down two things you are grateful for every morning? This one tiny habit will change your life! I promise you!
May the Lord Make All Your Crooked Paths Straight, Chuck