Do you remember your first self-help book?
Mine was How Full is your Bucket? by Tom Rath.
I read it at the tender age of 13 and it is the reason I love self-help books so much today.
The book teaches you how it truly is the everyday interactions with those around you that determines how you respond to the good and bad circumstances of life.
- Every positive interaction adds a drop to your bucket.
- Every negative interaction dips (takes away) from your bucket.
Looking back now, nothing Rath discussed was earth shattering, but it was presented in such a unique way that I was fascinated.
Plus, Rath had 40+ years of research from Gallup Polls and his stories were mesmerizing.
Did I mention that he gave readers access to his Strength Finders test?
What about the cool resources to help implement the new information?
This nerdy chick, way back when, fell in love with self-help books and I’m still a bit starry eyed today.
If you want to wax nostalgic with me, give the book a read (it’s on hold for me at the library).
And if you want me to wax nostalgic with you, let me know the title of your first self-help book.
An object at rest tends to stay at rest and an object in motion tends to stay in motion unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.
Newton’s First Law of Motion can teach us a lot about our habits and thought life.
Another way of defining this law is: An object will keep doing what it’s doing if left alone.
Aren’t we all the same way?
- I would eat cheeseburgers everyday if left alone.
- I would be a negative person if left alone.
- I would still be scared of my own shadow if left alone.
Wallowing in the past and running toward destruction are both unhealthy responses that lead to nowhere.
Why is it so hard to get unstuck?
Why is it so hard to go in a different direction?
Newton’s Laws of Motion talk about much more than physics.
- Stepping on the scale again was my unbalanced force.
- Missing out on deeper, more meaningful relationships was my unbalanced force.
- Waking up at 24 and having a mile long wish list of dreams was my unbalanced force.
Imagine a game of pool.
Nothing would change if the cue ball (the unbalanced force) didn’t crash into the other balls.
The best way to get moving again or to change directions is to be hit with an unbalanced force.
Change is scary, but staying stuck is even scarier.
And to think no one likes physics…
My dad comes home tomorrow!
We’re all so excited to see him and hear about his adventures in Mexico.
My dad’s taught me a lot about the spirit of adventure. He’s the kind of man who sees life as the greatest adventure of all.
And this attitude goes beyond the mission field:
- Running errands with him becomes completing a top secret mission.
- Working in the yard is like hacking through the bush.
His ability to make mundane tasks fun is the reason big projects aren’t a chore.
I’m trying to be more like him in this area. My “hurry up and mark things off the list” mentality can keep me from enjoying my work in the process.
My dad’s company–even when he’s not directly helping me–brightens my mood while I work.
There are many reasons I miss my dad, but his fun loving attitude about everyday tasks is one of them.
Hurry up and get home, Dad! Nothing’s the same when you’re not around.