Show A Little (Self) Love

A new week is before us, a week of possibilities not just outside us, but inside us too. Good Choice Last week, my 4-year old nephew looked up at my Mom and said, “Good choice.” She can’t even remember what the context was, what she recalls is how “good choice” stopped her in her tracks and made her smile. We’ve been giggling about that all week and saying "good choice" throughout the day to ourselves and to others. It is amazing how uplifting something as simple as stopping and saying “good choice” is! Don’t Take Yourself for Granted   Write down: "Today, you will be kind to yourself. You will pause and show yourself kindness by recognizing and acknowledging yourself for little things and big things.” Make a conscientious decision to not take yourself for granted. Take the time to be your own best friend! Your reminder note could be as simple as “Today, you’ll stop and say ‘good choice’ when you make one.” Put that note in one of the first places you look every morning, a self-kindness reminder note to YOU. Launch the Day Differently Instead of checking Facebook, watching the news, or reading the paper first thing in the morning, launch your day with something … [Read more...]

Hit-and-Run Kindness Game

A dimly-lit, labyrinth of a workplace taught me that being riskily ridiculous may not be such a bad thing, especially if it involves countercultural hit-and-run kindness. Inside along the building’s walls, single-colored stripes are painted about chest high. The stripes serve as a guide to finding the right hallway, the right office, and if you’re directionally astute, to outside air. As a newbie to the building, I look expectantly at people’s faces in the halls, hoping against hope that someone will offer an unsolicited tip about when the blue stripe actually hits the fuchsia stripe, leading to the cafeteria. Invariably, folks I pass would look down and quicken their pace away. Early on in my required (and luckily short) stint in the building, I discover the colors that eventually lead to the organization’s gift shop. There, one can purchase lots of products heralding how the work in the building is special, superior, and unique. (I still have a couple of coffee mugs to prove it.) Clearly not "engaged" When Gallup releases its annual report on employee engagement, proclaiming that the vast majority of workers worldwide are “disengaged,” I self-absorbedly see a picture … [Read more...]

Be A Positive Force Multiplier: #PayItForwardDay2014

Keep you eyes and ears open today (especially) for chances to #PayItForward! Take positive force multiplier action and all our tiny acts will ripple out to the world! __________________________________________________________ "You can't live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you." John Wooden __________________________________________________________ "No one has ever become poor by giving." Anne Frank __________________________________________________________ “A life lived for others, is the only life worth living.” Albert Einstein __________________________________________________________ “The only time you should look down at someone, is when you are helping them up.” Jesse Jackson __________________________________________________________ “If you have much, give your wealth; if you have little, give your heart.” Anonymous __________________________________________________________ “If you can’t feed a hundred people, then just feed one.” Mother Teresa  __________________________________________________________ Sending #PeaceHugs & can't wait to hear how you #PayItForward2014 … [Read more...]

#Kindness Resolution

If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely." -- Roald Dahl You're kind, I know you are. I hear from you, read your blogs, watch your twitter feeds and see your facebook posts. Sometimes, I actually get to talk with you -- or gift of gifts -- see you live-and-in-person. And, I've reflected... I'm going to work on being kinder like you. I know, New Year's Resolutions are tough to keep but this is mine:  I'm going to be kinder next year by following your lead. I'm going to reinforce it as habit by reporting with #Kindness. So, people like you, Dana, whose birthday comes later this week and whose face is almost always like sunbeams, I'm going to follow your lead. You're not only my human GPS, but one of the best huggers around. #Kindness And you, @annq, who always sends twitter love and makes time to talk with total strangers like me, sharing work and thoughts of women, and pathways forward for us all. #Kindness Craig, who even during cancer treatment continues to send love and encouragement my way. How lucky I feel to bask in your ongoing #Kindness. You too, Melinda, for sharing with us your Dad's core … [Read more...]

Why I’m In Love With George

I think I may be a little in love with George Saunders. When his Tenth of December made a huge splash this year, suddenly he was on every radio and television broadcast worth paying attention to; he was one of Time's 100 Most Influential People of 2013. I love his writing but I think I actually love his direct advice about life more. The big kahuna of all moral questions, as far as I'm concerned, is ego. How do you correct the fundamental misperception that we are all born with -- i.e. I am permanent, I am enduring, I am central? All of the nasty stuff in this life comes out of that misunderstanding." -George Saunders Saunders oozes humility, he advocates kindness, he encourages openness, he professes to be fallible and flawed, and he's been broke and floundering. George has done stupid things -- swimming drunk in a river filled with monkey feces, naked and mouth open -- and doesn't regret those stupid things too much. (I can relate. Drinking too much Mekong whiskey and devouring a plate of raw oysters in Bangkok produced equivalent illness for me; I don't regret that much either). Maybe that's why he can so clearly pinpoint what's going on with us humans:  we have a … [Read more...]

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