Think About It Thursday
Scottie Landess
Thursday, March 01, 2018

5 Ways to Simplify Your Life

1.     Change your focus. – The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts. The mind is indeed your battleground. It’s the place where the greatest conflict resides. It’s where half of the things you thought were going to happen, never did happen. But if you allow these thoughts to dwell in your mind, they will succeed in robbing you of peace, joy, and ultimately your life. You will think yourself into a nervous breakdown, into depression, and into defeat. You are what you think. You can’t change anything if you can’t change your thinking. A beautiful day begins with a beautiful mindset. When you wake up, take a second to think about what a privilege it is to simply be alive and healthy. Breathe onto the bathroom mirror, just to see how amazing your breath looks. The moment you start acting like life is a blessing, I assure you it will start to feel like one.  2. Take it one day at a time. – No matter what’s happening, anyone can efficiently fight the battles of just one day. It’s only when you add the battles of those two abysmal eternities, yesterday and tomorrow, that life gets overwhelmingly complicated. 3. Let go of people's judgments. – Today, I challenge you to make this your lifelong, daily motto: “I respectfully do not care.” Say it to anyone who passes judgment on something you strongly believe in or something that makes you who you are. People will inevitable judge you at some point anyway, and that’s OK. You affected their life; don’t let them affect yours. 4. Tame perfectionism. – Stop over-thinking and over-analyzing everything. Do your best and surrender the rest. Let go. So many creations and inventions never come to fruition because we spend too much time thinking and not enough time doing. And then, once we begin “doing,” we never think what we’re doing is good enough. Like overwhelm, perfection is an illusion.  5. Get over feeling like everything is so important. – It isn’t. Stop overworking yourself. Don’t exaggerate the importance of things. Learn to say no to others so you can say yes to yourself. Learn to go with your own flow. Refill your bucket on a regular basis. That means catching up on sleep, making time for fun and laughter, eating healthy enough to maintain peak energy levels, and otherwise making time for recovery from the pressures of life.

Think About This

"There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do." - Freya Madeline Stark 

Chang and Eng Bunker

The term "Siamese twins" originated with conjoined twin brothers Chang and Eng Bunker, who were born in 1811 in Siam, which is now Thailand. After touring with P. T. Barnum's circus for many years, they settled in North Carolina and married two sisters: Chang to Adelaide Yates and Eng to Sarah Anne Yates. The two fathered a total of 22 children and died within hours of each other in 1874. Would the Bunker brothers have been able to be separated using today's surgical techniques?

Word Wise

rabid 

Definition:

(adjective) Marked by excessive enthusiasm for and intense devotion to a cause or idea.

Synonyms:

fanaticaloverzealous

Usage:

A rabid football fan, Jimmy paints his face with his team's colors before every game, even if he is just going to be watching it on TV.

Are you a rabid fan of anything?  If so, what?

Will You Be a Winner?

When is the Ides of March and what makes it a notorious date?

First 6 students to correctly answer will be winners!

Parting Thoughts

Hope you have a wonderful month – it is now March, you know.  Spring is near!!

Remember, if you have a need – academic, personal, whatever the case may be – we are here for you.  I mean that.  And your business with us is not advertised – it’s like Vegas, what happens in the counselors’ office stays in the counselors’ office.

Love,

Ms. Scottie