Plan more than just a day’s remembrance of Martin Luther King, Jr. He was a man of action. He believed, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”
AN EMOTIONAL FITNESS CHALLENGE
Face-to-face service matters most, particularly to children or those outside of your culture. Don’t think you have the time. Nonsense. You just need enough motivation.
EMOTIONAL FITNESS TIPS FOR MEETING OUR SERVICE CHALLENGE
Tip one: Build on something you love or already do. Are you a church-goer who loves children? Teach Sunday School. Too great a commitment, then volunteer just to help out once or twice a month. Not stepping out to another culture, but a beginning.
Love the outdoors and dogs? Find a shelter and volunteer to be one of their dog walkers.
Love to play card games, chess, mah jong? So do many of the people in nursing homes or assisted living centers.
Tip two: Find something near to or on to way to work. Soup kitchens are often located in commercial areas. Maybe there is a hospital, children’s home, or assisted living facility you ride past each day.
Tip three: Become a pen pal to someone in another culture or to one of our service men.
STAYING EMOTIONALLY FIT
Practicing kindness, which is what service is about, is a major Emotional Fitness Exercise. Moreover as Martin said, “Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it, because those who are searching forget that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others.”
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Liking, commenting, sharing are acts of social media kindness and very easy to practice. So be kind to me and all your media friends. I promise you will be repaid.
THE USUAL PROMOTIONAL STUFF
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DISCLAIMER ONE: EMOTIONAL FITNESS TRAINING IS NOT THERAPY.
Even the most learned researchers and therapists quarrel about much. Take their advice and mine carefully. Don’t just listen to your heart, but also think; don’t just think, listen to your heart. Heart and head working together increase the odds you will find useful advice amid all the promises and hopes pushed at you be others. As others have noted, take what seems useful, leave the rest.
DISCLAIMER TWO: FORGIVE MY GRAMMATICAL ERRORS
If you need perfect posts, you will not find them here; I will understand if you don’t follow, like or share what like me. Not only am I dealing with an aging brain, but all of my life, dysgraphia–a learning disability has eaten my energy and diminished my productivity. Some of my posts might be peppered with bad spelling, poor punctuation, and worse words that make no sense. If you want to hang in with me, thank you; you are kind. If a post doesn’t make sense or bugs you too much, try reading it a few days later. Often I catch the worse mistakes when I read the post after a few days.