But before that, we did list down our stress symptoms, or what happens to us when we get stressed out. They can be sleeplessness, fatigue, breakout of eczema, losing weight, over eating, etc. These act as alarm buzzers for us. When we notice these symptoms, it is a warning that we might be stressed and we will get burned out if we are not careful. One of my symptoms is me being really short tempered and my poor son will get the brunt of it. It is a sure sign that I am so stressed out that I know I must manage it.
All these stressors and happy things are each written on post-it notes, which were stuck onto our trees. The stressors in the "soil", buried deep so to speak and the happy things on the branches and leaves, out in the open.
Moreover, they are the very reason why our happy things are happy. They give our happy things meaning. Without the stressors, I felt that my happy things sounded very trivial and useless. But with the stuff that I am building at the root, both positive and negative, the leaves and branches will become healthier.
It felt very therapeutical.
Words and music by Chris Macken and Mike Harland
Arranged by Tom Fettke
We began learning this song in our Grace Notes practice today and I found the words so beautiful and meaningful.
Bow the Knee
There are moments on our journey following the Lord
Where God illumines ev’ry step we take.
There are times when circumstances make perfect sense to us,
As we try to understand each move He makes.
When the path grows dim and our questions have no answers, turn to Him.
Bow the knee;
Trust the heart of your Father when the answer goes beyond what you can see.
Bow the knee;
Lift your eyes toward heaven and believe the One who holds eternity.
And when you don’t understand the purpose of His plan,
In the presence of the King, bow the knee.
There are days when clouds surround us, and the rain begins to fall,
The cold and lonely winds won’t cease to blow.
And there seems to be no reason for the suffering we feel;
We are tempted to believe God does not know.
When the storms arise, don’t forget we live by faith and not by sight.
The people I see in most of the categories are the expected ones like The Stabilizers ESTJ Margaret Thatcher and ISTJ George Washington, The Improvisers ISTP Steve Jobs and ESFP Richard Branson, and The Theorists INTJ Nikola Tesla and ENTP Bertrand Russell. They didn't quite mean much to me. Just people, but great people.
But when I got to the final category of The Catalysts, the NFs, this was where I found that most of my favourite people are INFPs, as I am, which delighted me.
A.A. Milne (INFP)
C.S. Lewis (INFP)
J.R.R. Tolkien (INFP)
Bill Watterson (INFP)
Not surprisingly, they are all writers. The other notable ones are Augustine and Vincent Van Gogh. And even the rare few celebrities who are my favourite are INFPs - Johnny Depp and Jude Law. Interesting.
- Simply Jesus
- Simply Good News
- Worldviews, the Bible and the Believer
- Paul and His Letter to the Philippians
- Paul and His Letter to the Galatians
- Paul and His Epistle to the Romans
I'm so pale. I should get out more.
You should eat better. My posture is terrible.
I had to keep myself upright.
People would respect me more if I kept upright.
What's wrong with me? I just want to connect.
Cause I can not connect with people?
It's because I'm dead.
It should not be so hard on me.
I mean, we're all dead.
In addition, the article claims that peppermint tea can improve alertness while chamomile does indeed provide a calming effect. Lavender, though, impairs the memory.
And it looks like I should reduce my use of lavender even though it's my favourite scent. But lavender apparently helps one to rest and sleep. Maybe it helps you forget about the day and makes you more relaxed and help you then to be restful. I only hope the memory impairment is temporary.
Click here for the article.
Yes, I agree that Asians aren't as forthcoming in asking questions after speaking sessions or classes but we are not without any questions either. I have been to many local conferences where questions abound.
For me, it boils down to the quality of the speaker. If the speaker had not provided me with any insightful thoughts, where would the questions come from? I would have nothing relevant to ask if they have not caused me to think and to want to discover more.
I know I am one with loads of questions if the speaker had successfully stirred my curiosity or taught me something so new and interesting I want to know more.
So speakers, if there aren't any questions from the floor, you have not said anything interesting or insightful.