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Top 10 Unpleasant, Daily Experiences You Can Make More Enjoyable

Whitson Gordon

When you can’t solve life’s big problems, solve the small ones. Here are 10 everyday experiences that are no fun, and how to make them a bit more enjoyable.

10. Make the Most of Your Long Commute

Top 10 Unpleasant, Daily Experiences You Can Make More Enjoyable

Driving to work can seem like hours stolen from your life, every single day. But it doesn’t have to be all bad. Make it a bit more productive and fun with some audiobooks or brain-boosting podcasts. Sit up straight and do some "desk exercises" to keep yourself from getting cramped. Practice a little mindfulness. And, most importantly, test different routes to keep things interesting (and find the fastest way there).

How Can I Make My Commute Suck Less?

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9. Turn Boring Small Talk Into a Real Conversation

Top 10 Unpleasant, Daily Experiences You Can Make More Enjoyable

Nobody likes small talk—it’s boring, awkward, and plays out the same way every time. "Nice weather we’re having…what do you do for a living? Oh, verrrry interesting…" But it’s not hard to take that small talk and turn it into a real conversation. For example, when someone asks you how you’re doing, respond with a small detail instead of just "good". Arm yourself with relevant topics to the event or situation at hand. And, when in doubt, fall back on the FORD technique: Ask them questions about their family, occupation, recreation, and dreams. Chances are, you’ll find something you have in common.

How Can I Turn Small Talk Into a Conversation?

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Meditation from Br. Lawrence of the Resurrection

Spiritual Maxims, Page 36

The holiest, most ordinary, and most necessary practice of the spiritual life is that of the presence of God. It is to take delight in and become accustomed to His divine company, speaking humbly and conversing lovingly with Him all the time, at every moment, without rule or measure, especially in times of temptation, suffering, aridity, weariness, even infidelity and sin. We must continually apply ourselves, so that all our actions, without exception, become a kind of brief conversation with God, not in a contrived manner, but coming from the purity and simplicity of our hearts.

Meditation from Carmel

God does not ask a great deal from us.  A brief remembrance from time to time. A brief act of adoration occasionally to ask Him for his grace,or offer Him your sufferings.  At other times to thank him for the graces He has given you and is giving you. In the midst of your work find consolation in Him as often as possible. During your meals and conversations occasionally lift up your heart to Him The least little remembrance of Him will always be most agreeable.  You need not shout out.  He is closer to us than we may think.

A meditation by Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection (Letter 9 –  page 69)

Before Entering the Frey

Good Morning, Everyone!

Before the day sounds through the rafters of my mind like bats in the belfry, before entering the fray myself, I’m making room for another voice:

My Imitation of Christ, Book III, Chapter I by Thomas a’ Kempis:

The Inward Conversation of Christ with the Faithful Soul

I will hear what the Lord God will speak in me.”Blessed is the soul who hears the Lord speaking within her, who receives the word of consolation from His lips. Blessed are the ears that catch the accents of divine whispering, and pay no heed to the murmurings of this world. Blessed indeed are the ears that listen, not to the voice which sounds without, but to the truth which teaches within. Blessed are the eyes which are closed to exterior things and are fixed upon those which are interior. Blessed are they who penetrate inwardly, who try daily to prepare themselves more and more to understand mysteries. Blessed are they who long to give their time to God, and who cut themselves off from the hindrances of the world. Consider these things, my soul, and close the door of your senses, so that you can hear what the Lord your God speaks within you. “I am your salvation,” says your Beloved. “I am your peace and your life. Remain with Me and you will find peace. Dismiss all passing things and seek the eternal. What are all temporal things but snares? And what help will all creatures be able to give you if you are deserted by the Creator?” Leave all these things, therefore, and make yourself pleasing and faithful to your Creator so that you may attain to true happiness.

My favorite line:

Blessed are the ears that catch the accents of divine whispering, and pay no heed to the murmurings of this world.”