Risks, Rewards, and Relaxation

Happy Friday, RISERS! I hope this week has been good to you. I can’t believe we are almost to the end of July. While growing up, I remember wanting time to speed up. I couldn’t wait for things to happen that seemed so far in the future. Then, I got older and realized that when time does go faster, we are hurried through some of the best experiences in our lives. It is tremendously important to be present, in this moment, at this time. These minutes will never happen again. Grab onto them while you can!

Quote of the week: “Ignore those who tell you which way to go without first understanding where you are.” –James Pierce

Movie of the week: The movie I want to recommend this week is Dead Poets Society. In keeping with the theme of the passing of time, one of the film’s most famous phrases is carpe diem, Latin for “seize the day.” Robin Williams portrays a teacher who encourages his students to dream to be more than who they are…to take advantage of each opportunity presented to them. I want to encourage you to do the same. Use the Ben Franklin method in making decisions, and grab onto any new opportunity. You must take some risks to get the huge rewards, but don’t be afraid to try. Sometimes the most awesome things come from that one moment of bravery where you dare to do something you’ve never done before. 

Joke of the week: What is a tornado’s favorite game to play? Twister

Nugget of Wisdom for the week: I wanted to take this moment to talk about that age-old notion of having “too many irons in the fire” or “burning the candle at both ends.” Your time is a very precious thing, and it must be protected and used wisely. People around you will ask you to do many things, for them or for others. It is important to contribute to the well-being of others, but not at the expense of yourself. Remember, it is okay to say NO when you are asked to take on a new challenge. You can’t take care of others if you are not taking care of yourself. So, have fun doing nothing from time to time, read a book, or rewatch a favorite TV show or movie. You are the only you there is…and the world NEEDS your kind of you. 

Have a great week. Remember, you are most awesome and YOU ROCK!

Marion Rhines is a foster-turned-adoptive parent. She lives in Knoxville, Tenn., with her husband and five children. She has written and published two children’s books as well as two foster-care-themed novels. She has a Facebook blog, Tips from the FLIP Side, and enjoys working with children of all ages.

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