“Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.” – Omar Khayyam

Lesson of the Week

So the Falcons lost. While some people are ecstatic and some are let down, let’s not forget that both teams made it to the Superbowl- the biggest football event in America. They did it by challenging themselves every step of the way, and brought together all of America in one hell of a game. And even for those who don’t watch or care much about football, you can appreciate the unity of the event. While it might be nice to have that same unity every day, in politics and work as well as in football, there’s something about the cultural significance of competition bring people together to cheer for their side that shows how overcoming challenges really registers with the American people. Some of the most popular positive news stories are tales of overcoming challenges, and it’s one of the pillars America was built on. Although you might not win the Vince Lombardi Trophy, overcoming your own personal challenges can not only help bring you closer to your goals, but also bring you closer to people in your life. Everyone challenges with things, little and big, and being someone’s “cheerleader” can make an immense difference- it might even rub off on you and help you overcome your own challenges! But anytime you complain or worry about the obstacles set out for you, remember that those obstacles are what defines you and your communities, be it a work assignment, or a rally for equal rights. Challenges don’t knock us down; they bring us to our very own Superbowl.

Positive News of the Week

  • US Employers added 227,000 jobs in January, a sign that the economy remains stable and growing.
  • At age 35, Roger Federer became the oldest man to win a Grand Slam singles title in 45 years by defeating his longtime rival, Rafael Nadal, in an epic five-set final at the Australian Open.
  • MoMa is putting up Muslim-nation artwork in protest against the Travel Ban. Among rallies and protests, the cultural significance of art strikes a deep yet peaceful chord in the immigration debate.
  • 10-year-old Ellie surprised her Grandmother by having her Alice in Wonderland themed birthday party at the nursing home, while her Grandmother was recovering from spinal surgery.
  • David Fajgenbaum, a medical student at the University of Pennsylvania, believes he may hold the cure to a rare and aggressive illness, Castleman Disease, several years after having been diagnosed himself.

Challenges of the Week

  • Internal Challenge ∅ This week, try to make 1 hour this week to read a book. It can be all at once, or in a few 10 minute periods to make it even easier.
  • External Challenge ∅ This week, try to send a thank you letter or note to someone who has been a big influence in your life.