Hello lovely readers and welcome back to Mindset Mondays! The only weekly post to take a 3 week break and not tell anyone… or care!
Following a 3-2-1 approach, it contains 3 thoughts from me (that you should ignore), 2 quotes from others (that you should read), and 1 thing I’ve been reading, watching or listening to this week that has helped me grow.
As a bonus I’ve finished with 1 joke that’s so bad, it’s good.
3 x Thoughts:
2) Both the best defence and the best weapon against the voices of hatred is to demonstrate they don’t generate any in your own heart.
3) When someone says something that upsets you – when they’re also upset – take a few breaths, put your hand on your heart and say the following to yourself: “We are both suffering, we both need each other’s help.” During a conflict I’ve found some people tend to either give up all self-respect, or demonstrate a complete lack of it for anyone else. This simple phrase reminds you to extend compassion both ways while also prompting you to try to understand the other side. Of course it’s from understanding that we find forgiveness.
2 x Quotes:
“Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the face.”– Helen Keller
“The worst loneliness is to not be comfortable with yourself.”– Mark Twain
1 x Thing:
This interview on Inside Quest with Simon Sinek about why Millennials have been dealt a bad hand and why all of us desperately need to rethink our relationship to our smart phones. If you have 15 mins to spare I highly recommend giving it a watch.
1 x Joke:
My wife, being the dutiful environmentalist that she is, ordered a vegan cake the other night to celebrate our son’s first 100 days of life. (It’s something of a big deal in Chinese tradition.)
Anyway, we started discussing why some vegan substitutes don’t work (like cheese) when my father in law piped up by saying, “Why did they even call it a vegan cake?”
We looked at him a little perplexed.
He continued, “Cakes don’t have meat… of course it’s vegan!”
At this point we all burst into laughter. Of course he was being deadly serious. In his defence he’d had a bit to drink.
After we stopped laughing we cut it up and got stuck in.
Probably would have tasted with meat.
Thanks ladies and gentlemen. I’m here all week! As always I welcome ALL thoughts and opinions on this blog. Please let us know in the comments section below.
One bonus question to ponder: Is being offended a choice?
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