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How to Beat That Languishing Feeling

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When 2020 ticked over into 2021, we were hopeful that the new year would be a better one. And for awhile, it did look promising. But alas, the bubble’s popped and the recent news about the outbreak of new COVID strains, worsening cases, and heightened restrictions have made us feel like we’re right back at square one. What can we do to keep ourselves going? Here are some tips to help us beat that languishing feeling.

When My Good Deeds Backfired

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It had been some time since I had a meal with an elderly friend of mine, so I was looking forward to catch up with her. But what I hoped to be a fun catch-up quickly turned into an awkward one when my good intentions backfired.

3 Ways to Combat Cabin Fever

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I’m an introvert, but having to stay home and not meet up with my friends or extended family over the past week has been painful. And the thought of having to go through three more weeks of this arrangement is just dreadful . . . But before cabin fever hits us all too hard, here are three things that have helped keep me sane (and loving) during this period. Perhaps you might find them helpful too.

5 Simple Ways to Serve Others

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What comes to mind when you hear the words “serve one another”? Is it accompanied by the words “arduous”, “tiring”, and “can’t be bothered”?

Let's Do Something Kind This Christmas

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I was on my way home after an evening out with some friends. As I exited the mall, I plugged my earphones in to listen to some music while locating the nearest bus stop.

How A Hot Cup of Cocoa Pointed Me to God

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The morning breeze mercilessly blew above the walls and enveloped any brave soul standing in its path on a frigid, December morning at dawn’s break.

ODB: Kindness Gone Viral

News of a simple act of kindness on a New York subway has gone around the world. A young man, head covered by a hooded sweatshirt, fell asleep on the shoulder of an older passenger.

ODJ: getting in trouble

One day during class, Adrionna Harris noticed something disturbing—one of her young classmates cutting himself with a small razor. As she perceived it to be a grave situation, she did what she thought was the right thing to do—stepped in, took the razor from him and threw it away.

ODJ: the opposite spirit

A few years ago I worked as a supply teacher in Birmingham, England. I initially embraced the help of the teaching assistant, but when she started taking over in class I was tempted to give in to resentment and insecurity. Instead, I decided to act in a way opposite to what I felt by vocalising my genuine appreciation of her, praying for her and challenging her in love. When it came time for me t