Cheer them on!
"It's in keeping with Nature to show our friends affection and to celebrate their advancement as if it were our very own. For if we don't do this, virtue, which is strengthened only by exercising our perceptions, will no longer endure in us."
Have you ever caught yourself feeling jealousy or selfishness when looking upon others successes? I hate to admit this, but this has happened often in my life. It's the toughest thing to overcome especially if we are struggling. Our brains sometime take us to the mentality of "if they win - I will lose." Their gain is my loss. Having compassion and empathy for other's successes is just like anything. We get better with practice. It's a muscle - once we are aware of the muscle and the exercises to strengthen it, then we slowly rejoice in other's accomplishments. Next time something great happens to your friend, colleague, or families life cheer on their success. This doesn't have to be out in the open. It could be a text message or just a nice thought. This might be difficult but your morality and integrity desperately need it.
“If you look to others for fulfillment, you will never be fulfilled. If your happiness depends on money, you will never be happy with yourself. Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the world belongs to you.”
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Why Sleeping In Is OK
You don't really understand how important sleep is until you have a night where you don't sleep well. With all the life distractions, it is more difficult now than ever to get a good night's rest. There are plenty of successful people out there that talk about how they only need 4-6 hours of sleep, and some others that think sleeping in causes lack of productivity with their habits. I don't see anything wrong with sleeping in on the weekends in order to set us up for the week. Getting that extra hour or two could be the difference with shipping your work or putting it off.
There are many things you can do in order to set you up for a great night sleep, and Shawn Stevenson's book "Sleep Smarter" is a great start, also he has a three-part series on better sleep with his podcast "The Model Health Show" (Part One, Part Two, Part Three). I am the ultimate light sleeper and sleeping through the night is always a significant moment.
Here are a few things I've begun implementing that I think have helped:
What are some ways that help you get that restful night sleep? I would love to hear about it.
Jon Belt is a middle school teacher in Oklahoma City, and the host of the Teacher Tunnel Podcast.