Spring Fever is back. The season is starting to change and with it comes more energy and a sense of renewal all around. I love seeing the flowers begin to sprout and the promise of buds on the trees.
It is also a terrific time to do a little internal spring cleaning or spring clearing. Winter can bring more than frozen toes. For some us, we may have placed ideas and aspirations on a shelf. These ideas and aspirations get crowded out with the pulse of daily life. Errands to run, deadlines to meet, events to attend….time simply runs out.
In everyone’s life there is one level playing field for all of us – TIME! We are all blessed with the same 24 hour clock. You can’t buy more time, you can’t extend it.
Now back to these ideas or inspirations, my goal is to take them off the shelf, dust them off and find a specific time in my day to place them. This is also a reflection of time management. Spring is a perfect time to reevaluate how I am doing in this area. Do I need a bigger calendar, a smaller one or how about just one that I use? I am currently working in between 3 of them.
I am grateful for the change of seasons and the promise of new life. My challenge will be to apply this to my personal life as well.
Join me for a little clearing?
A couple of weekends ago, I was out-of-town with my husband and he made the suggestion that we attend church in our new location. I was delighted. We went to church and found the setting and the message to be very welcome.
The service was in an older church where the floor sloped down towards the altar almost giving you the feeling of being in a theater. The walls were filled with colorful, old stained glass windows. It was a simple yet wonderful sanctuary. The message in the sermon stressed how easy it would be for all of us to get along if only everyone were like me. (a little sarcasm here) It highlighted how we are all unique and we offer each other the opportunity for learning and acceptance.
I wasn’t sure why this was the message that I needed to hear but I listened nonetheless and planted the seeds in my memory bank.
Later the same day we had an unexpected visit from friends. It was a first meeting for me and one of the friends. We had heard a lot about each other but had never met in person.
We had a cordial and warm visit however our personalities were vastly different. When our friends left I felt relieved but strange. It took a while for my husband and I to digest our visit and then the epiphany came.
The message from the sermon earlier that morning rang loud and clear for both of us.
Where we would normally stew over the fallout of the interaction, we decided to learn from our differences and think about how to be better friends in the future. It ended up being a wonderful lesson stemming from our unplanned visit to a new church.
I am grateful for the message. What a helpful reminder that we all possess lessons that we can share with each other.
Different is good and opens up windows for all of us to look outside ourselves to see a new world.
The seasons have changed and summer is right around the corner. As most people are planning for their vacations, I have an idea for you….how about reviewing your 2010 plan? Do you have one? Did you make resolutions to start this year? Summer is traditionally a time when things slow down and unwind a bit.
This makes it an optimum time to make BIG gains on the business front. As others downshift you can trailblaze with innovative ideas and goals. This could start a tidal wave of new business and more.
The first thing to take a look at, review the next 12 months, what are the major results you want to deliver at work? Make sure to look at this question from the vantage point of the following groups:
The ability to grow business is endless. Dust off or establish your goals and add measurable points in the next 12 months to check on progress. Another part of this evolution will be a regenerated leadership. As you develop your goals and 12 month plan, make sure to optimize areas for leadership and personal growth. Goal attainment is important however how you get there is also significant.
Spring is a time of birth and renewal. Take this time of year and energize your work, your business.
My gratitude has evolved in to tears lately. I wonder how many other people may be taking the same journey with me this year?
You see, my youngest graduates high school next month and I officially join the club affectionately called the “empty nesters.” I have found myself reflecting quite a bit lately and the tears have flowed freely. I look back on major events and not so major events in the lives of my kids and the memories warm my heart.
You know the ones, the first day of school, the bout of chicken pox over Christmas break, beautiful crayon artwork for the refrigerator and so much more. As the cliché says; time flies.
It certainly has flown.
I have traded the worries of childhood boo-boos for the worries of young adults. What will the future bring for them as adults? Have I planted enough seeds of faith in them to sustain them for the challenges ahead? Isn’t this the mantra of parenthood?
As we make final plans for graduation I will continue to embrace the memories and remain hopeful in their future. If you look in the eyes of a graduate you can see the spirit that has made our country great. The spirit that drives innovation. The spirit to succeed, make a change and develop a new frontier.
Is it a coincidence that my father and my husband have the same birth date, although decades apart? Is it any coincidence that the most important men in my life were all born within the same month and week? The other man in my life is my son. He turned 21 last week. I am pleased to tell you he survived the official launch in to adulthood and is now celebrating on the slopes of Colorado this week.
I have watched all of these men grow and change. They represent much laughter and joy in my life. We have shared tears, disappointments and success. We have also shared many blessed moments. They make me smile. They make me laugh. Above all else they ALL contribute to this larger feeling within my life. The feeling of being blessed.
All three of them are amazing men with strong spirits. I wouldn’t want it any other way. As they all welcome another year I wish for them peace, joy and Love! I also thank them for blessing me.
I spoke to a group in Big Sky country this week. It was a unique event. The warmth and energy of the crowd was contagious. I also got to witness a professional group rallying to the support of a fellow member who had suffered a tragic loss. It warmed my heart to see so much caring and compassion in one group. They shared laughs, smiles, tears and prayers for their fellow member. I could hear them coordinating activities to help sustain their member in his time of need.
This is truly what the human spirit it all about.
When we are presented with the opportunity to help another, do we take it? Better yet, do we look for ways to support each other?
I was also part of festivities prior to a large fundraising extravaganza surrounding ART! I was able to tour the beautiful and inspiring pieces being auctioned. Can you imagine collaborating with 100′s of artists and 100′s of people to help others? The trick to this event is to ensure you are channeling all of the positive and free-flowing energy in to a positive outcome. It would be a daunting challenge however a most rewarding one if executed properly.
This one was sure to be a tremendous success.
As I previewed the artwork on display I was dazzled and amazed with the level of detail, the use of color and the vibrant life of every piece. I was grateful to share in the moment, the event, the community.
I flew out of Omaha yesterday, early in the morning. It was cold and we were getting snow showers. We had received 6 inches of fresh snow over the weekend. I was heading for San Jose via Phoenix. My flight departed at 6am and the sky was heavy and dark sprinkling the ground with snow. We spend 45 minutes going through de-icing and finally we were ready for departure. De-icing is an interesting phenomenon. While it adds time to your travel and you would like to grow impatient you fight that urge because safety is far more important. So we de-ice. 20 minutes in to the flight the light on one side of the airplane started to change it was the sunrise as 20,000 feet finally above the cloud cover. It was one of the prettiest sights I have ever seen. The clouds rippled like a fine carpet in front of me. The sun rose and the reflection of color off of the clouds was amazing. The hues of pink, purples and peach welcomed us to the sky.
I was so happy to see the sunshine. It was magnificent. I was grateful for that moment. The view. It was breathtaking!
I hope you have a moment like this – drink it in and enjoy!
Happy Hearts Day is just around the corner and I have an inexpensive, easy and fun idea for you.
How about going to the store and buying a box (or more) of the child Valentines. You can sign these “from someone who cares” OR “thinking of you.”
In the “TO:” field you can just add the word YOU.
There are many options for the TO and FROM fields – be creative. Place the Valentine in the envelope and on the the front of the envelope you can address it with something like:
To Someone Special
You Are Loved
Thoughts Of You……again be creative and use something generic.
Once you have completed the Valentines how about taking them to a nearby retirement community? Or you can drop them off at a Nursing Home. The residents will LOVE them. This is a fast and efficient way to bring much JOY to the lives of some of our most blessed souls. If you really want to get in to the spirit you can also make valentines. Pull out the paper, glue, rhinestones, glitter and have fun!
What a fabulous way to extend thanks, encourage a heart and give yourself the warmth of giving. Perhaps this will become a Valentines tradition?
If you decide to do this, I would love to hear from you. Now get busy cupid.
This week has been a very interesting week. The snow is falling again and the gray skies seem commonplace. I realized how much I enjoy the sunshine. The warm rays caressing my face means a smile will follow. Sunshine makes a big difference in my day. I have noticed that it also makes a difference in everyone around me. We all seem grumpier when it’s gray. Our challenge is to find the sunshine in other things.
I found a different sunshine while helping others this week. I made a quick decision to help someone get better (healthier) and it opened my eyes and my mind to how much need is right in front of me. Actually it is in front of all of us if we just look. However if you look you will be required to take action. Even to ignore the need is taking action so the alternative of not looking becomes very attractive.
I have SUNSHINE for you…..take a look at what and who is in front of you. What do they need? Can you provide part or all of what they are looking for? Trust the abundance that life holds and give a little. That’s where the sunshine takes over. You will be beaming from all corners of your soul and the best part…..it’s contagious. Can you start a little wave of sunshine?
This past week I have had the honor of meeting some new people. I travelled and that usually presents new opportunities and new acquaintances. This trip was no exception. What was different was that I was able to learn a lot of new stuff about areas outside of my usual work. I found this invigorating. It allowed me to look for new ways to contribute to situations. I have been in my work role for a while and it is a challenge to stay on the cutting edge of things, continually innovate and rise to the next level. My experiences of the last week help me to look at this area. This was a blessing on so many fronts. I am feeling renewed, inspired and ready to change the world…at least my small piece of it.
I also cultivated gratitude for the opportunity that my work affords me. I cannot think of another company that would bring so much life and energy to my role. I am indeed blessed on many levels. I know that my travels will lead me to a new place – not just in terms of geography. I am thankful for my renewed sense of determination and I can’t wait to see what the next few months bring. I hope the world is ready.
My challenge to you would be; what opportunities are you ignoring? Are there things you could be doing better? What may appear obvious may change if you look at it with a different focus. Think outside of yourself. Who else are you impacting? What matters to them? These answers may surprise you and I am hopeful they might also change your course.