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Simple Pleasures are the last refuge in a complex world. Oscar Wilde

Simple pleasures are the only refuge in a complex world.  Oscar Wilde

 

Simple Pleasures are the last refuge in a complex world. Oscar Wilde

 

Simple pleasure are “experiences that are brief, positive, emerge in everyday settings, and are accessible to most people at little or no cost. They are highly personal, meaning what is a simple pleasure for you may not be a simple pleasure for others.  simple pleasures bring you joy and happiness, unlike temptations which bring torment and inner conflict.”

Definition taken from this article: There’s Nothing Simple About Simple Pleasures: Psychology Today

I recommend reading this article because it explains the benefits of simple pleasures.  

 

Points of Reflection for this quote

  • What are some simple pleasures you like to partake in?
  • When can you schedule simple pleasures into your day or week.  (Even if it is only 5 minutes)
  • What times of the day or week do you feel particularly stressed?
  • Make a plan to schedule 5 or 10 minutes before or after your high stress time to engage in a pleasurable activity.  This will help you gear up for stressful time or de-stress after the fact.

 

Here are links to the reflection questions for your use as a printable or digital copy for you to input your responses.

Google Doc Simple Pleasures Quote Reflection

Word Document Simple Pleasures Quote Reflection

The waters are rising, but so am I. I am not going under, but over. Catherine Booth

The waters are rising, but so am I. I am not going under, but over. Catherine Booth

 

“The waters are rising, but so am I.  I am not going under, but over.” ~Catherine Booth

 

Catherine Booth was co-founder of the Salvation Army with her husband William Booth.  While her husband was known as the first General of the Salvation Army; she was known as the Mother of the Salvation Army.  It was general unacceptable for women to speak in adult meetings in this time period; Catherine challenged this social norm.  She often led meetings and preached independently from her husband. She was considered a dynamic preacher and wrote several texts in the late 1800s.  She made this quote in a message that she sent to her friends toward the end of her life.

 

Points of Reflection for this week  

  • What is the most pressing obstacle/difficulty/problem that you are facing today.
  • Can you identify what, if anything, is impeding your successful negotiating of this obstacle.
  • One key message of this quote is the idea of hope.  The waters are rising, but so is the speaker. She is not succumbing to the situation, she is passing over it.  What is one action that you can take to help remind you to maintain hope is a stressful or difficult time in your life?
  • Who or what do you have in your support network that you can rely on when you going through difficult situations?
  • Who or what do you need to add to your support network to aid in your ability to weather through difficulties?

 

Here are links to the reflection questions for your use as a printable or digital copy for you to input your responses.

Google Doc Waters are Rising Quote Reflection

Word Document Waters are Rising Quote Reflection

Be yourself, everyone else is already taken

Be yourself, everyone else is already taken

 

Be yourself, everyone else is already taken     ~Oscar Wilde

 

I use this as one of my quotes to live by.  I think it’s important for us to be true to ourselves.  We should definitely aspire to be our best selves; but we should not aspire to be someone else.  Each of us are our own unique people who are worthy to be known and loved, especially by ourselves.

Each week, I am going to post a quote for the week along with a reflection for us to consider.  The reflection questions are listed below. I’ve also included links to printables that you can use for hard copy or digital version that you can use to write your answers and thoughts,  

  • If you just had 5 words to describe yourself, which words would you choose?
  • What are some things that make you unique?
  • What are some traits that you have admired in other people?
  • Do these traits of others contradict or complement the things that make you unique?
  • What do you think the greatest compliment you could receive would be?  Why that compliment?
  • What is one action that you can take this week that will demonstrate the complement you listed above?

Be yourself quote reflection Google Doc

Be yourself quote reflection Word Doc