Good Stuff Friday

I hope your week has been full of inspiration and good stuff! Here are 3 good things that inspired me this week:

1. This book: Better Than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits–to Sleep More, Quit Sugar, Procrastinate Less, and Generally Build a Happier Life

I’ve been really enjoying listening to this book during my runs this week. It’s really made me think hard about my current habits, which ones I want to kick to the curb and what new ones I want to adopt. Gretchen Rubin is a smart, talented writer and her thought-provoking ideas and practical tips are really inspiring me to make changes in my running routine, as well as other areas.

2. This quote:



I started out this week with a fantastic run. After a week of rain, the weather was finally nice and I felt strong and fast the entire 45 minutes. Then on Tuesday, I went a little overboard with the squats and my legs were totally sore during my Wednesday and Thursday runs. I struggled just to get through 30 minutes of easy pace. Reading this quote last night was perfect timing. I shouldn’t get too cocky if a run goes well, and I shouldn’t dwell too much if it’s awful.

3. “Don’t be a jerk.” This week the pastor at our church made reference to this article, written by a Jesuit, about some simple rules for being a good human being. I’ve been a bit distressed about the nasty public discourse that’s been dominating the election season and I worry about the effect it has on my family and society in general. This author had some great perspectives on how we (whether in politics or not) should all be conducting ourselves. He writes, “Jerkiness is contagious, I think. Seeing public figures shouting on television probably encourages people to do it in their private lives. At the very least, it does not encourage charitable behavior.”

So, while it’s fine to debate important issues, as he suggests, “Don’t be a jerk.” He also recommends giving people the benefit of the doubt and avoiding attacks on the person. (Say “I think your argument is incorrect because…” rather than “You’re a bad Catholic.”)  Avoiding finger-pointing and name-calling keeps discussions less emotional and hopefully more civil. Excellent advice for politics, but also life in general.

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