Chapter 13 – This Too Shall Pass

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5 Questions to Reflect

  1. Think back to the last thing that happened that really shook you or even made you want to find a rock and crawl under it…
    • How long did you think it would take before you felt better about the situation?
    • How long did it actually take?
  2. What actions did you take that helped you through that time?
  3. What is an example of a “little thing” to which you were faithful ended up benefiting you down the road?
  4. What are some “little things” that you might look at differently moving forward?
  5. How does the understanding that “this too shall pass” can be an asset help you think about thriving in the 5%?

5 Tips to Thrive

  1. Go do something for YOU this week: Go see a movie; get a mani/pedi with a friend; go take a walk or bike ride outside.
  2. The next time you have major feelings, instead of taking your mind off them, sit in them a while. Get to the source of what’s causing you hurt and sift through those reasons.
  3. Rock the “little things”: Whether it is lunch duty or filling out the 14th spreadsheet of the day or rounding up picking up trash as you walk through campus, BE AWESOME at it!
  4. FIND the good: Be intentional as you go through your day and find specific ways where your colleagues or students are doing incredible things – and tell them!
  5. BE the good: Think about something you could do to make someone’s day and then DO IT!

5 Resources to Dig Deeper

  1. SPEECH: Abraham Lincoln’s Speech to the Wisconsin State Agricultural Society *origin of “this too shall pass”
  2. RESOURCE: NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
  3. PODCAST: Lawana Pulliam – Why in the World Am I Podcasting
  4. BLOG: Tamara Letter – Life Interrupted
  5. VIDEO: Philip Zimbardo – The Psychology of Time