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Showing posts with label Courage Challenge of the Day. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Courage Challenge of the Day. Show all posts

Friday, August 26, 2011

Courage Challenge of the Day

Here is a social courage challenge especially for Westerners (tweens through adults), for whom physical affection between friends tends to be somewhat reserved.  Next time you are in public with your closest friend, link arms, hold hands, or walk with arms across one another's shoulders.  Do you feel self-conscious?  Are there places or situations where you feel less comfortable doing this than in others?  What a great opportunity for you and your friend to have a conversation about how others see you and your friendship, and how you yourselves see it.  We too often forget that in many parts of the world, this is perfectly standard practice between men and men, and between women and women.  And no-one assumes they're gay!


Other ways to test the limits of "personal space" and social courage is to stand close to the only other person on the elevator instead of retreating to the opposite side, or taking a seat near the only other occupant of a bus, movie theater, park bench or restaurant.  You might get some dirty looks! Go ahead, test yourself.  What sorts of feelings does it bring up for you?

Friday, August 19, 2011

Courage Challenge of the Day

Do nothing!   Set a timer for five minutes, and then sit quietly doing nothing other than breathing, and letting your thoughts pass across your mind without judgment like clouds passing across the sky.  Try not to check the timer.  Don't make plans for what you'll do when the five minutes are up.   Try this challenge with your kids.  Next time you're considering giving your child a time-out, give both of you the time-in together for five minutes of silence.  Will you need courage to set aside the busy-ness of your life for five minutes?  Sometimes, when we don't build time into our lives for quiet contemplation we become reactive instead of mindfully responding in line with our life-affirming values.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Courage Challenge of the Day

This week was the start of Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting.  Consider fasting for the day, or giving up one meal.  What is important enough to you to make a sacrifice?  What sorts of feelings does it bring up to deny yourself something you enjoy?  What does the concept of "purification" mean to you?  Would you need courage?

Friday, July 29, 2011

Courage Challenge of the Day

Challenge your palate today.  Visit the grocery store or farmer's market and find something you've never eaten.  Is there a funky-looking vegetable you can't even identify?  Will you have to ask the produce manager what it is and how to cook it?  How about a spice or sauce with a name that's hard to pronounce?  Get out of your comfort zone and into the kitchen.


Friday, July 22, 2011

Courage Challenge of the Day

Say YES!  To EVERYTHING!  Don't tell your kids in advance, but it won't take them long to figure out that the word "No," is not in your vocabulary today.  You definitely want to set yourself up for success with this one, so it might not work today.  But soon.  Pick a day when you have no have-to's on your schedule, and just say yes to life.  Chaos may well ensue.

For a funny take on this approach to life, try the movie Yes Man with Jim Carrey.  Caution: rated PG-13.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Courage Challenge of the Day

One night this weekend, mix it up at bedtime.  Either everybody switches bedrooms, or you all sleep backwards in your own beds, or you could build a tent in some other room in the house for you ALL to sleep in for the night!  Most of us are accustomed to sleeping in new places when we travel, but what about in your own home?  What's it like to inhabit your child's space?   Notice what feels different about turning over your bedroom to your child or piling blankets and pillows on the kitchen floor.   Does switching it up get you out of your comfort zone, and if so, what can you learn about yourself by changing a simple routine?  We believe that adaptation and flexibility are integral to all six types of courage.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Courage Challenge of the Day

Lion's Whiskers offers this courage challenge: Is there someone you need to forgive?  Or that your child needs to forgive? 

Do an activity that may at least start you and/or your child in the right direction towards forgiveness.  For example, write the person a letter (with intention of sending it), send the person mental wishes for well-being, light a candle and ask for the strength to forgive, plant a flower in the person's memory if he/she is no longer in your/your child's life).

Now, it's your turn.  What's a true story from your life of forgiveness, or emotional courage, that we could all benefit from hearing?  What ritual do you suggest when needing to forgive?