Blessed Edward Jones Catholic High School

Week 38 - Growing Up

Growing Up
 
 
As we get older, other people's expectations of us change accordingly.  The weight of responsibility can be a challenge for many people, yet we speak very little about our feelings as we grow up.  The following set of questions are taken from a longer survey about "Personal Happiness".    Interestingly, this set of questions, doesn't mention wealth, possessions, power or position.  
  1. How often do you share your feelings with friends or relatives?
  2. How much time do you spend on social media per day?
  3. How often do you do kind things for others?
  4. How often do you do (at least 20 minutes) of physical exercise?
  5. I know what my strengths and virtues are and I use them creatively to improve the quality of my life.
  6. I find a deep sense of fulfilment in my life by using my strengths and skills towards a purpose greater than myself.
  7. I engage in activities (sports, writing, etc) that I find challenging and absorbing.
  8. I have feelings of gratitude towards people and events from my past.
  9. I am able to focus on the present moment and do not get distracted by thoughts of the past or future.
  10. I am optimistic about the future
 
 
Does this suggest that our "pursuit of happiness" is too often aligned to the wrong compass setting?
 
As we 'grow up', maybe we need to be regularly reminding ourselves of the need to look after our physical and mental happiness more and worry less about our perceived wealth, power or possessions.
 
 
Challenge: - How to become happier by making other people around us happier.
 
Gospel Values provide an excellent aspirational starting point:
 

Respect for the Life and Dignity of Each Individual

Trust in God

Honesty

Compassion

Forgiveness

Mercy

Community

Servant Leadership

Equality

Simplicity

Justice

Peace

 

 

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