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The Long Game - Issue #201

Taylor Somerville
The Long Game - Issue #201
By Taylor Somerville • Issue #201 • View online
The first weeks of 2021 started with turmoil and chaos and regardless of your beliefs, the events last week in the US were troubling. While anger and rage are emotions that will not go away; we can do our part to minimize the impact these emotions have on ourselves, our community and our world if we focus on love and compassion.
These days, it is easy to get caught in a negative feedback loop consuming too much news. We can’t fall into a cynical attitude and believe everything is doomed. In reality, there is still a lot of good in the world and if we focus on serving others, we can be a shining light of beauty in the world. I remind myself of the beauty and good in our world by getting outside, especially in the morning. The sunrise colors hitting the horizon and animals waking to remind me we are part of something much greater than ourselves. We can help bring our world together or tear it apart. As Booker T. Washington said, “Great men cultivate love, only little men cherish a spirit of hatred.” Which do you want to be? Are you showing love and compassion to others or anger and contempt?
We are all in this world together and assuming the worst from others only adds stress to your life and does not build and foster growth. In fact, it blocks off our minds to other points of view. I encourage you to remind yourself that everyone has their own beliefs and opinions and, if they do not align with yours, anger, hatred, or rage should not be our response. If we focus on love and compassion for others and put our egos aside, we can do our part to decrease the pain and suffering in our world. At the end of the day, we are all in this together.

The increase in isolation over the last year and chaos in the world has highlighted how essential mental health is. Awareness is the first step discussed in this article to handle any issue. Awareness includes labeling what is going on inside of us with an emotion. This practice immediately brings about a sense of relief. This article discusses awareness in more detail along with the other steps to improve your mental health. If you are struggling and feel like you can’t cope, I urge you to reach out to those you love or a therapist.
Centenarians have seen every cycle and lived to tell it all. These people did not worry about perfection or allow obstacles to set them back. They kept moving forward and enjoyed what life had to offer. We can all learn a lot from them and this 117-year-old is willing to share her experience.
Defining your values determines your fulfillment in life. If you are not acting in accordance with your values, but in accordance with what society tells you, you will not be fulfilled. “Your values are attributes of the person you aspire to be. You can take action every day to be that person. The things you value — they come and they go.” The idea of defining the attributes of the person you aspire to be will determine the decisions you make in life. Are you willing to cut corners to get what you want? If so, I am not judging if that decision is in line with the person you aspire to be. I encourage you to define the attributes of the person you aspire to be and what decisions are in alignment with those attributes.
Before I go, check out a few more links I found this week.
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In Health,
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Taylor Somerville

The Long Game is a newsletter for people that want to grow and challenge themselves. It is about the drive to better ourselves mentally, physically, and spiritually while having the curiosity to enjoy the journey. I will include articles, podcast, videos, and blogs on a variety of topics ranging from psychology, fitness, meditation, and nutrition. I am a certified XPT Coach, I hold the Art of Breath certification, I am a CrossFit Level 1 trainer and hold the Aerobic Capacity certficate. Checkout my website to learn more about the services I offer.

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