Your back pocket is where you keep your secrets. People won’t know or notice these things right away. Your secret weapons and inspirations are safe.
A Question. When the awkward silence after preliminary introductions and questions arrives, end the silence with an unexpected question: What are you passionate about? What countries have you visited? If you could do anything, what would it be? Good questions are doorways to further conversation.
A List of Thanks. What are you thankful for? It sounds trite, but keep your list of blessings close. They could save you, or at least your attitude and focus.
A Great Memory. When my mind is spinning and I can’t sleep, I remember a green hillside in Germany. Bold color splashed across the grass as wild flowers sway in the soft breeze. I’ve been here. Closing my eyes, I hold the memory and drift back to the peace of the moment.
A Song. Your song could be peaceful, funny, soulful or quirky. My song makes me laugh and want to dance. When I find myself stuck or down, I turn it on and am lifted up.
A Verse. Psalm 62:8 became my verse when I moved from my friends and life in Germany to a ship sailing around the world. I felt alone. This verse tells us to pour our hearts out to God. He is our refuge. It continues to comfort me when I feel stressed and alone.
What’s in your back pocket?