Will's Wisdom

by Will Limón

Facing Challenges

Life is a series of experiments.  From birth to death we strive to fulfill our dreams —preschool through college, friendship to marriage, job to career.  Sometimes we get what we want.  Many times we don’t.  It’s like that old saying about baseball: “You win some; you lose some, and some get rained out.”  When knocked down, the bold and resilient stand up, dust off, and go for it again.  The timid may stay on the ground longer, but life has a habit of giving us tests we cannot ignore.  What’s the best thing to do?  Take the path with heart.

For every challenge, there is a right way and a wrong way to respond.  Deciding selfishly fails to value our community with others.  Always keeping others’ well-being ahead of our own depletes us and robs the world of our true gifts.  Being mindful and balanced allows us to lead with our heads and our hearts.

When faced with decisions, try this simple template:

1) What actions express my values?

2) What words are assertive and direct as well as caring and kind?

3) How would I receive these actions and words?

4) Am I helping to create the world I want to live in?

No one says life is easy.  Being true to yourself and truthful with others is one path your heart can take that is both wise and loving.

 

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