Eat intentionally.

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Organize your attitude #49 Yes, what we eat affects our moods. You know it. I know it. We don’t like it, but it’s true. We’re used to looking at food and it’s effects on our waistlines, but what about how it affects our attitudes? In the end, both are likely to be better off for our attention and diligence. Eat meals; don’t graze. Meals, eaten while sitting at the table with the family (or, honestly, a good book), are relationally … Read More

Take a break.

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Organize your attitude #48 No matter how much we have to do, we all need to take breaks. Our bodies were not meant to be go-go-go all the time. Sleep is crucial to our health, to our ability to go at all. Meals are for us spiritually, culturally, relationally when taken sitting at a table rather than on the go. Sleep and meals are the basic breaks built into the rhythm of our lives, and we’d do well to heed … Read More

Fill your mind with truth.

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Organize your attitude #47 Our minds are busy places. We are constantly noticing needs, evaluating behavior, noting things to be done, and thinking things through. On top of that, we listen to children’s chatter, keep up with phone notifications, and maybe even top it off with a podcast in the background. Our days are not still and silent. They are humming with thoughts, conversations, and noise. But most of it really is just noise, even those thoughts racing through our … Read More

Share the load.

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Organize your attitude #46 “No, I’ll do it.” We often associate these words with two-year-olds, eager to enter the larger world and assert their independence. However, too often mothers are the ones saying it – perhaps not in so many words, but by their actions. Would you rather do it yourself? Of course we can do things better and faster than our children, but they need to gain experience by helping out. They need to learn independence, which comes after … Read More

Organize your purse.

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Organize your attitude #45 When we start feeling overwhelmed, crazy, and beat down by all the little things we’re trying to deal with in life, one of the best strategies to get out of our heads and out of our funks is to find the closest, easiest, small win. A small quick win will give us that “Ta-Da!” feeling in a jiffy, lifting us up and reminding us that we are not losers after all. One of my go-to small, … Read More

Take a photo.

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Organize your attitude #44 In this series we’ve been looking at short and simple actions that can help us recover our resilience and choose to tell a true story instead of a self-pitying story. One such action might just be to pull out your camera. Taking a photo is pushing the pause button. Sometimes we get so caught up in the nitty gritty details, doing this, cleaning that, nagging here, pestering there, that we completely miss the overall story being … Read More

Wear an apron.

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Organize your attitude #43 Can an accessory change your attitude?

 Sure! For one, an apron can make it feasible to get dressed each day – which we’ve already established helps our attitudes – by protecting those clothes from messy work. But also, an apron helps us set a tone and a mood. It can become a cue, telling us, “Now it’s time to get into dinner-prep mode” or “Now it’s time to go on a cleaning whirlwind.” In a way, … Read More

Home is for Hospitality

I heaved a heavy sigh. A quick glance around the living room showed that children had been here. Books stacked haphazardly on the shelves and side table, papers peeping from under the couch, toys strewn – life had here been lived. A move into the kitchen didn’t help. Dishes. Crumbs. Smears on the fridge and stovetop. So much to do. And it’s not just that it needed to be done. The real discouragement was that even if I did do … Read More

Read a novel.

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Organize your attitude #41 Yes, read a novel. It doesn’t even have to be a Great Book. Just a story. Get out of your own particulars, relate to someone else, and gain perspective. When we read novels, we are able to see the world from another point of view, experience different settings and lifestyles and circumstances, and are better able to see how small circumstances build into a big picture – into a story. I’ve shared before how it was … Read More

Have a good cry.

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Organize your attitude #40 To organize our attitudes does not mean to “buck up,” “get over it,” or “plaster on a smile.” Organizing our attitudes is not positive-thinking changing reality. Organizing our attitude is recognizing that our perception of reality is an interpretation, and double-checking that our interpretation is correct. If we’re getting cranky because of the way we see things, we’re not seeing things correctly. No, there’s not always a way to spin our view so that things are … Read More

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