By Chaplain (Capt) Meade Adams
2nd Bomb Wing Chaple
We’ve been talking over the last several weeks on the subject of personal growth. If you aren’t intentional about your growth and your development it won’t happen. This week I want to provide four useful tips for investing in yourself and your growth.
First, be present in the moment. For those Star Wars aficionados out there, you may recall the scene in The Empire Strikes Back (and again in The Last Jedi) when Yoda reprimands Luke for constantly looking to the horizon and not being focused on where is and in what he is doing in the moment. There is something to be said for being present and mindful in the moment. When you’re with your kids, be with them. When you’re with your spouse, be with them. And when you’re at work, be there as well. Focus your energy on what is in front of you.
Secondly, schedule time in your day for self-care. Notice I said “schedule.” If you don’t schedule yourself you will neglect yourself. The same way you schedule tasks in your calendar, events and activities for your kids and spouses, you MUST schedule time for yourself. It may only be 15-30 minutes to read a book, exercise, go for a walk, whatever it is that rejuvenates you and makes you feel whole.
Third, find what makes you passionate and pursue it. Life cannot be all work and no play. We’re not designed that way. Hobbies and passions are very important for resiliency. Use that scheduled time mentioned earlier and plug in your hobbies there. If you don’t have one, try several different things until you find one! Hopefully you’re passionate about your work, but even if not, find something extracurricular that excites you and gets your creative juices flowing.