People have an amazing capacity to process what is happening to them. The context of our lives is played out in our experiences, but also in the way we think, the things that grab our attention, and the things to which we turn to help us relate to and understand our experiences. All of this adds a richness to our lives that helps us to fully experience what we are going through.
I like to think of it in terms of a movie. There are characters and the story, but without the soundtrack and cinematography, the film has much less impact.
One of the reasons I love the game of baseball is that there are so many parallels to life. This analogy above speaks volumes about attitude, open-mindedness, and the ability to roll with the punches. And that’s just catching grounders!
These two questions are inexorably intertwined. The more we know ourselves, the more likely we will be to become people we would naturally like and admire.
But getting to know ourselves takes effort.
We need to spend time with ourselves – alone and with others. We can know ourselves better through spending time with other people, as long as we stay aware of our thoughts, our reactions, and our emotions.
Have you had a period in your life that seemed truly magical?
When it seemed like you were happy all the time
When the people you spent time with were fun and easy to be around
When everything you did seemed infused with a sense of adventure and joy
When your relationships were deep and strong and gave you a sense of nervous anticipation (the good kind)
When we have those times, it seems like they will last forever—it is our Camelot.