Every moment, we have an opportunity for self-growth. In fact, I was having one of those just yesterday.

It was about five in the evening and I was stuck in traffic. As cars attempted to race past me, getting just a mere two cars ahead, I started to think about the frustration and impatience we all seemed to be feeling in the moment.

Would I choose to give into the overwhelming negativity all around me? Or would I drown out the sounds of car engines and frustration with the radio and the TV I could see in the van directly in front of me?

I decided to use this unpleasant situation for my benefit by fully being in the moment. I saw the dark clouds looming overhead, the lights from cars shining through it and the feeling of impatience that was slowly taking over me.

It was an hour of sitting and I had nothing to do, but just breathe.

I can’t say that I was “cured” of my negativity. But there were moments in between frustration and impatience that were filled with peace.

And I realized. Isn’t that all we can hope for?

As we get closer to the holiday season, I hope you can also find your own moments (no matter how small) of peace. In the meantime, enjoy our top posts of the week!

Are You On Autopilot? Getting Mindful About Mindlessness

(The Therapist Within) – An option for sitting in traffic? Being on autopilot a.k.a. being mindless. Instead of berating our mindlessness, however, why not be curious about it? This post may be the doorway to helping you become more mindful by exploring your mindless moments.

Am I Shopaholic?

(Healing Together for Couples) – Isn’t this a fitting question? With emails, newsletters and advertisements working hard to get you salivating over holiday goodies, it’s easy to slide into compulsive shopping. But being a shopaholic is serious and not seasonal. Read this post to find out if you or someone you know is one and what to do to stop it.

Creative and Shy

(The Creative Mind) – Does creativity and introversion go hand and hand? A few of our Facebook fans agreed that they are both creative and shy. In this popular post, The Creative Mind explores this intriguing relationship further and discusses the good and bad of experiencing both.

Making the Parental Transition to Healthy Food Choices

(Family Mental Health) – This post is dedicated to you hard-working parents out there who sometimes give into fast food restaurants for a lack of time and hunger. We hear you! There’s no judgement here. Just compassion. In fact, you may see yourself and your family in this post.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Reviewing Life Lessons

(Celebrity Psychings) – A few of our Twitter followers were lucky enough to attend an early screening of Harry Potter’s new movie tonight. For those of us who weren’t able to make it, here is a look back to Harry Potter life lesson posts of the past.