Here are a few life lessons I’ve selected that came from the Ted Lasso show. There are many more, but these popped for me. I’ve also bottom lined them.
Start where you are. Ditch any beliefs that you should already be an expert. Take stock of your own assets, such as your character strengths that will propel you.
Own and share your emotions - The lesson is clear: When you experience emotional pain, acknowledge it. Allow yourself to feel it. Seek and accept support. Forget the outdated mandate to power through it alone—a sure prescription for burnout and psychic numbness. A more effective way to cope is to reach out to someone who cares, who will validate your pain and walk with you.
What is the best version of yourself? What would the best version of you look like? As Atomic Habits author James Clear reminds us, "Every action you take is a vote for the type of person you wish to become." Who do you wish to become? What kind of actions will you take?
Make quality connections. A reliable predictor of psychological health can be found in one's quality connections. Taking time to nurture your relationships does not represent dereliction of duty but expresses wise self-care. You'll experience more immediate pleasure and meaning while investing in future dividends.
This is my favourite: Be a Goldfish.
Part of Ted's hope strategy involves turning off the negative self-talk. "Be a goldfish." He claims they are the happiest creatures on earth because they have a ten-second memory. The next time your inner critic gets out its whip, call on your inner goldfish and move on.
Comments are welcomed.
Here’s the thing. Did you ever find yourself not in the mood to do something? You can either push past that unmotivated moment and do it anyway or, flow with the mood. That’s where I found myself as I sat down to write this week’s blog.
There have been a number of times over the years when I went on a hunt for a muse to supply me with wonderful, fascinating blog topics. Not the case this time. There are options in my idea repository from which I could select. Sorry, but I am just not into it. I decided to buddy up with the mood and “go along not bothering.” All that being said, I will not leave you with nothing. Following is a little something, a little Autumn poem and a little Autumn Haiku.
Starlight bowed then slowly faded
from eventide's blue shadowed sky
giving way to the gilded glow
of autumn's harvest moon
as she reigned over the world below - Michael Burch
Gentle breezes blow
Coloured hues of red and gold
cloak the waiting earth. - Mary Serenc
Raindrops on the roof.
Golden leaves crunching underfoot.
Snuggle with a book. - Ann Southall
While kicking around some options for this week’s blog, I came across an alphabet game I wrote about at one time. I so enjoy all kinds of word games. I’ve made up several of my own. Some of which help me to fall asleep at night. My brain most likely gets bored and checks out. Thus, sleep.
Many of the games I’ve made up involve the alphabet. Here is one that I like to think of as an alphabet for all seasons. Some letters have several words, which are primarily virtues. What words might you come up with?
A: Appreciation, Awe
B: Benevolence, Blessing
C: Compassion, Consideration, Connection, Caring
D: Decency, Dedication,
E: Enthusiasm, Enjoyment, Effort
F: Friendship, Forgiveness, Fairness
G: Generosity, Goodness, Gratitude, Good Will, Grace
H: Hope, Honesty, Humility, Happiness, Honor
I: Inspiration, Imagination, Insight
J: Joy, Judiciousness
K: Kindness, Kindness, Kindness
L: Love, Light-heartedness, Levity
M: Merriment, Mindfulness, Mirth
N: Nurturance, Novelty,
O: Optimism, Objectivity
P: Peacefulness, Positivity, Playfulness, Presence
Q: Quietude, Quality
R: Respect, Resilience, Reasonableness
S: Sincerity, Smiles, Simplicity, Selflessness, Service
T: Thankfulness, Tolerance, Thoughtfulness, Trustworthiness
U: Understanding, Upstanding
V: Value, Virtue
W: Well being, Wonder, Wisdom
X: Xenodochy which means hospitality and fellowship,
Y: Young at heart,
Z: Zesty, Zen as in peaceful, calm
Comments are welcomed
There’s a restaurant a friend and I lunched at before the pandemic. I haven’t had an opportunity to return since. Recently we reconnected and made arrangements to go back this week. This restaurant has a very fine baked goods section. I would always purchase some cookies to bring home. So, the past few days I’ve been dreaming about cookies, lots of cookies. The plan is to leave that restaurant with a generous supply of my favorites. I will put them in the freezer and have one now and then for a special treat. That said, following are some fun quotes about cookies.
Today we will live in the moment, unless it is unpleasant. Then we will have a cookie.
A balanced diet is one cookie in each hand.
You can’t be a smart cookie if you have a crumbly attitude.
Cookie is the answer. Who cares what the question is.
Save the earth. It’s the only planet with cookies.
When you are down and feeling worse, keep a cookie in your purse.
Sorry, Santa, too late.
Grandmas never run out of hugs and cookies.
Cookies are like duct tape. They fix everything.
Cookies are happy, because that is their job. Making those you know, and don’t know happy. They tell people you care.
I don’t know about my inner child, but my inner cookie monster wants to come out and play.
In case you were concerned, broken cookies don’t have calories.
Comments are welcomed.