I really love this quote by Victor Frankl.
For me, this quote helps solidify the point that nobody can make you feel any way. Frankl comes up with this idea from his experience inn Auschwitz. He was a psychiatrist in the death camps and he chose to see things differently. It saved his life.
Stimulus will impress itself upon you for the rest of your life, just as it has prior to reading this post. However, in between the stimulus and response, there is a pause, and in that pause is our ability to choose how we feel, how we react to the situations around us.
How liberating it feels to know that you can choose your feelings and you can change your behavior to feel other things than anger, rage, and sadness.
Let’s say someone spoke to you in a tone of voice that was louder than you would have liked. Maybe they told you “I don’t care about you”
No longer can we say he made me mad. This denies our personal ability to choose our belief about this situation. Our belief helps influence our response.
We might believe this person to be very lonely. We might feel sad because they are tragically and suicidally expressing their needs without much likelihood that they will meet their needs.
Or we might believe this person to be a threat. We might say that we feel mad, scared, angry, or anxious because our need for protection isn’t getting met. But we must understand we choose to feel mad. We choose to be sad. We choose to be happy.
Sure the stimulus is there, the action happened, maybe we can’t do everything we would have liked to do without such stimulus, but we can change our belief about the situation to a belief that meets our needs.
If we come from an interconnected paradigm, that I can’t meet my needs fully if you don’t meet your needs as well, then it will be hard for us to see that our needs are not met when everyone’s needs are not met.
Let’s take a pledge. Starting today, I will choose to take beliefs that meet my needs for (subsistence, protection, affection, understanding, participation, identity, freedom, creativity, and leisure). I will choose my response with the goal of meeting these needs for myself and for others.
Dirty baby hands and #greensmoothie bowls... yep, that’s my Saturday!
Today’s smoothie bowl was pretty much my meal for most of the day.
So filling. IM. SO. FULL!
1/2 frozen banana
1/2 frozen mango
3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
2 handfuls baby #spinach
1 tbsp almond butter
1 tbsp white chia seeds
1 tbsp shelled #hemp seeds
1 tbsp vegan #protein powder
And dats it!
All blended in #myvitamix and decorated with: edible flowers, raw cacao nibs, blackberries, dried mulberries, pumpkin seeds and a sprinkling of more white #chia seeds.
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Haven’t done much running this week. My legs have been slow to recover from the @runcolfax half marathon last week and I want to make sure I have as rested legs as possible for @bolderboulder this weekend. But something amazing HAS happened this week; we signed the papers on our new house!!!! Can’t wait to start running in Thornton!!!
Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble💕
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It’s time for our second Intern Spotlight! Up next is Jacob Lipford. You might have seen Jacob around a lot last year, but we are so happy to have him as a full intern this summer! Jacob is a lifelong member of VHUMC and will be a junior at Alabama in the Fall and he loves breaking down old pallets to make new furniture or wall decor, and he also loves to go on food runs for the Student Staff! 😂 let Jacob know how excited you are for him to be with us! #intern#thrive#thrivestudentministries
We made it to Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas!!
@sanjahatter bought matching unicorn outfits for the whole fam 😂
For my little girls, I’m rocking unicorns with pride 👊🏻
What is your favorite place to visit in the world? 👇🏻
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