My daughter was trying to get something done but can't said, "Mama, kids do their best. Kids do their best."
Why can't we all do our best with the shrinking options that we have. Many are now stuck in lock-down situations with recreation being taken away as social distancing is imposed.
I cannot overemphasize how the right attitude and mindset can get us out of the anxiety and debilitating restrictions we are facing.
We may not be able to control so much of what is happening out there but we can control our responses, our attitudes, and our convictions of hope for the human spirit, compassion, and to become a force for good. We can control and design intentionally what is happening inside of us.
Staying healthy, exercising, and giving up on negative mental frames can take us in a better place while staying at home and doing what we can to alleviate our individual woes.
The fact that we are keeping healthy and away from illness is a service to society and to the medical institutions and workers who are completely burdened with the epidemic. Being sane and cheerful at home is a service to our loved ones and families who are also struggling on their stresses. Being productive, learning a new skill, chatting with a friend help immensely with mental health.
We can do our best. Stay safe!
This is the time of the year when we give thanks for all the great things that we are having.
Find a person to thank for, be specific about how he/she made a difference in your life, and lift him/her up in prayer, kind words, and encouragement.
Pay the kindness forward to another person who needs support.
We all need each other more than we think.
If you stop assigning blame, instead finding the cause and then finding the right solution, then the organization or your life will be in much better shape.
It's not your boss' fault.
Everyone in the organization can make a difference and can play a vital role in keeping everyone accountable, responsible, responsive, and connected.
Holding one responsible for the culture, success, failure, or missteps of the organization is too unfair.
Yes, there are paid employees but at the end of the day, there is no culture, success, failure, or misstep that is brought about by a lone gun man. There is no higher power conspiring against you either.
What can you do right now to make your workplace (change it if you want) better than it was yesterday?
Do your part!
What is legacy and how do you leave a good, lasting legacy to your family, communities, workplaces, industry, and country?
Legacy for me is what you do right now- an accumulation of life long work, passions, happy memories, and great contributions. It is not about what you leave behind so that families and friends can remember you well but it is about who you are and what you do that gets the biggest impression on people. It is not the attempt at " leaving" but the attempt at "contributing" right now, when it matters the most.
Last week, I had the privilege of interviewing one of the best women leaders of Alberta, Lyn Radford, the Chair of the 2019 Canada Winter Games which the City of Red Deer proudly hosted. Talking about the successes and accomplishments of this community effort, Lyn noted that there were significant legacies of the Games.
First was the physical infrastructure that the City of Red Deer now owned as a result of the Games. Second was the legacy in volunteerism which was observed that the next generation stepped in and provided a strong leadership. And third but not the least, the historic moment for Red Deerians through collaboration with countless individuals and organizations to make it a community endeavor.
Truly, when people and communities come together, insurmountable problems can have enduring solutions. It was a memorable moment for Central Albertans and for the next generation to enjoy its legacies.
Lasting legacies are what we do on a daily basis. That is what our families and friends will remember about us by. Learn to be the best example of the virtues and values you want to live with and do not refrain from doing your best to serve others in need.
It's harvest season once again. Farmers are busy getting their crops off before the weather turns different again. My farmer-husband explained that there are two kinds of harvesting: one is the use of silage and the other one with the combine.
Silage happens in the stage where you cut the crop before it ripens. It is primarily for cow feed use. While a combine harvest waits until the crops mature and ready for the reap. You are typically harvesting seeds and therefore it is a must that the seeds are mature enough to be taken off.
Such is this thing called readiness for desired career goals. We think we are ready but we definitely are not. In a 360 evaluation, your manager, boss, colleagues and peers will give you a more accurate assessment of your competencies, personalities, and growth needs to move up to the desired career level. This is an objective method to arrive at this question.
But there are many circumstances that you don't have to have it all. You are ready and whole as a professional and do not have to be screened, auditioned, and tested. There is value being with you and involving you in a fruitful initiative. There is no reason why you feel intimidated and afraid to step out and become more valuable to your organization, community, and peers. Unless it is all about self-esteem and this bad concept called 'sacrifice' that does not serve any one any good purpose.
The last time I check, the proverbial saying still rings true, "fortune favors the bold."
Eclesiastes reminds us that there is a season for everthing.
A time to be born and a time to die a
A time to plant and a time to uproot
A time to kill and a time to heal
A time to tear down and a time to build
A time to weep and a time to laugh
A time to mourn and a time to dance
This week as I celebrate my birthday, let this be a time for reflection, gratefulness, and celebration of family and love.