“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou

Lesson of the Week

Although it might have the ring of a kindergarten ice breaker or dating profile questionnaire, what are your biggest dreams and deep life-long fears? Do we ask questions like this enough, especially to the people we’re close to? In a world that has grown accustomed to quick superficial conversations and vast networks of friends you may have never met, it’s becoming more and more important to know what matters, for yourself and those you care about. And sometimes this isn’t easy; saying you have a fear of dying or a dream to achieve personal success is more or less universal, and most importantly, it’s easy to ignore. I believe people have more specific and sometimes less lofty dreams and fears, and that understanding the ones you have and asking others about theirs can not only help to build stronger relationships, but also keep you more in touch with what makes you happy. Eleanor Roosevelt once said that great minds discuss ideas, and I think that when you add feelings to large conceptual ideas like dreams and fears, you get to express passions that make you think. The key is to really go for it though, because it can have the ring of a kindergarten ice breaker, and you may need to do a little digging, but you never know what you may find- sometimes people’s deepest dreams are the once they never share with the world.

Positive News of the Week

  • Global income inequality is declining, the poverty rate is falling every day, and over 100 million children have been saved by increased healthcare in the last 25 years – It seems like the world is falling apart in a time of political media frenzy, but 2017 may be the best year yet. Try to take 2 minutes to read about how the world is at a better place than many of us feel like it is. You can find the article here

Challenges of the Week

  • Internal Challenge ∅ This week, try to write down 1 dream you have for the next few years, trying to get really specific.
  • External Challenge ∅ This week, try to cook with someone you care about, even if it’s as simple as chocolate chip cookies.