Happy Birthday Canada!
Ten Things I love about Canada:
1. Courtesy in the road for mergers.
2. Best health care in the world.
3. Hockey is culture not just a sport.
4. You can buy your native food almost all the time at every town.
5. Line ups are respected.
6. There are many answers to the question, "where are you from?"
7. Small talk frames the day.
8. Come prepared for any weather, especially in Alberta.
9. Emergencies are emergencies.
10. Enforcers enforced; they don't play tricks on you.
Something came back to life!
A little plant that was gifted last year by a dear colleague came back to life. I am not good with plants. They die with me. Given that awareness, I thought it was dead as dead.
Little did I found out that, a few weeks ago, two buds started to spring back to life.
I was doing my spring cleaning this morning in the area and found out a simple fact. Life happens!
There are things that are essential no matter what. When you think that everything is starting to go on a wrong tangent, focus on what you can govern.
When you least expect, events or situations can turn into positive accidents waiting to be mined to its full benefit. Life presents its surprises and serendipities.
The question is: are we fully aware that positive unexpected outcomes exist too!
It is a big deal and worth celebrating when it happens.
When it happens more, it's not luck, it's called harvest time!
I was on ER for a positional vertigo which, was upon being inspected, was relieved with a simply Epley maneuver by the attending physician. If there is a change in the position of the head, this will cause dizziness or spinning. With one simple physio exercise, the vertigo stopped and normal activities continued.
I am thinking about this in the context of what we are collectively experiencing in our daily lives as part of the besieged population.
What is a simple activity, maneuver, or thinking we can do to alleviate our sense of fear, frustration or ennui today?
Count your blessings.
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!