a puppy licking your face

“There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.”

-Ben Williams, author of Surviving Terminal Cancer

Image from Flickr by Kevin Stanchfield

Image from Flickr by Kevin Stanchfield

Over the past few years I’ve come to more fully appreciate the miraculous power of the dog to brighten people’s days. No other animal conveys the loyalty, devotion, and unconditional acceptance and love we get from a dog. Some of their other remarkable qualities are:

  • They help us live healthier, longer lives by the exercise we get in walking them.
  • They reduce stress and support greater well-being.
  • They can improve your social life! People can’t resist stopping to visit with someone with a lovable dog.
  • Caring for dogs helps relieves symptoms of depression and encourages people to be more positive.
  • Dogs have proven invaluable to the elderly by providing companionship and reducing stress.
  • Having a dog makes you safer. They act as a supplemental security system.

EXERCISE:

How can you more fully appreciate and benefit from our furry friends even if you don’t currently own one?

How can you exhibit more of the wonderful qualities of a dog to brighten the lives of others? 

(Just don’t lick anyone!)

Life is like riding a bicycle

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.”

-Albert Einstein

image from Unsplash by Pazos Bordon

image from Unsplash by Santiago Pazos Bordon

Take a moment to recall the day you learned to ride a bicycle. If you cannot recall this event, perhaps the experience of teaching your own children is more vivid in your mind.

Sitting on a bike in a stationary position is never an option, although at first it might appear a safe way to proceed.

Only with some speed and forward momentum does the elusive concept of balance become apparent, with all sorts of new places to visit and explore!

EXERCISE:

Where in your personal or professional worlds have you lost your sense of balance because of lack of movement?

Where would forging forward help you regain the balance you deeply desire?

Health and Heal

“It’s no coincidence that four of the six letters in health are ’heal’.”

-attributed to Ed Northstrum

Image from Flickr by Elvis Koll

Image from Flickr by Elvis Koll

The human body and how it functions is literally a miracle, with the wondrous ability to coordinate over 100 trillion cells into a highly functional being.

Among the body’s amazing characteristics is its ability to self-regulate, and heal itself. You only have to look at the bumps, bruises, and broken bones you may have experienced to see this miracle happen right before your eyes.

Of course, years of neglect or abuse of our wondrous bodies dramatically impacts our health and ability to augment its healing powers.

EXERCISE:

What actions can you take today to more fully optimize your health and support your body’s miraculous ability to heal itself, so that you live a more full and satisfying life?

common knowledge

“The uncommon application of common knowledge will pave the way to extraordinary success.”

-Ivan Misner, Founder of BNI

Image from Flickr by Dennis Skley

Image from Flickr by Dennis Skley

Do you have paper clips in your office or home?

When you consider their use, how many options come to mind beyond clipping pieces of paper together or sealing a bag of chips you haven’t quite finished?

Take a moment to brainstorm five or more uses, or get a group of friends together to see how many possibilities can be discovered for applying uncommon usage to this very common item.

EXERCISE:

Check out this YouTube video on binder clips, and this website on uncommon things you can do with a paper clip.

How can you use this exercise in either your personal or professional worlds to pursue new levels of success?

Friday Review: Acceptance

Friday Review: Acceptance

How do you deal with acceptance of yourself and others? Here are a few acceptance-related posts you may have missed. Click on the Quote to read the full message:
QC #1036a

“If you’re able to be yourself, then you have no competition. All you have to do is get closer and closer to that essence.”

 

QC #1036b

 

“You can’t judge my choices without understanding my reasons.”

 

 

QC #1036c

 

“There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.”

 

 

 

Belly laughs not Bellyaches

“A person who belly laughs doesn’t bellyache.”

-Susan Thorman, English Teacher

Image from Flickr by ampshot

Image from Flickr by ampshot

Most of us have heard the adage about laughter being “the best medicine.” With a bit of research, I discovered that a good belly laugh provides physical, mental, and even social benefits, including:

enhanced immunity reduce stress decreased pain
reduced heart disease muscle relaxation reduced fear & anxiety
strengthens relationships improved mood easier bounce-back from setbacks
added joy and zest for life enhances cooperation & teamwork reduces and diffuses conflicts
promotes bonding & sense of community

EXERCISE:

What strategies and tactics can you add to your world to dramatically increase the quality and quantity of belly laughs? If you make this a habit, I’ll bet there will be very little room for belly aching!

put them to mending

“Happy are they that can hear their detractions and put them to mending.”

—William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing

Image from biography.com

Image from biography.com

Shakespeare must have been one heck of a coach!

The nugget of wisdom in today’s quote is an excellent example of what we today call 360° Feedback.

Shakespeare understood that people who are open and receptive to input from others—even when the feedback is perceived as negative or detracting—are happier and more successful.

EXERCISE:

Where and with whom would greater openness to both positive and negative feedback be put to good use in your personal or professional growth strategy?

Be the flame

“Be the flame, not the moth.”

—Giacomo Casanova, 18th Century Italian Writer / Adventurer

Image from Lthomason.wordpress.com

Image from Lthomason.wordpress.com

The term Casanova is synonymous with a man who attracts and seduces women, which of course, is not the purpose of today’s post!

My focus is on our attraction—and perhaps a bit of seduction—to and by the thoughts and ideas we come across as we go through our day.

It has become increasingly difficult, in our over-communicative world, to build a fire big enough, lasting long enough, to attract those we wish to engage in our efforts and enterprises.

In my former life as a science teacher, I showed my students how a single flame can change color based on adding chemical elements to the solution in the jar. When copper burns, for example, the flame is green. Sodium turns the flame bright yellow.

EXERCISE:

How can you add your unique elements into your flame to attract even more interest in what you have to offer the world?

cause, not applause

“Work for a cause, not for applause.”

—Author Unknown

QC #1032

Image from Flickr by Jody FaFerriere

I’ve been interested in what motivates people since I was a boy. In my youth, I washed cars, mowed lawns, and shoveled show—all to earn a buck and purchase things I desired. The Thank You’s I received for a job well done also meant a lot, especially when they were heartfelt.

As I grew and continued to investigate what motivated me and others, it was clear that applause or extrinsic factors still have a hold on many of us. At the same time, the intrinsic aspects of a passionate purpose seem to take things to greater levels of fulfillment and life satisfaction.

EXERCISE:

Examine your own levels of sustainable satisfaction and fulfillment when you work for a cause. How can you capture the best of both motivators?

Friday Review: Change

Friday Review: Change

One thing we know for sure: Change is inevitable. Here are a few change-related posts you may have missed. Click on the Quote to read the full message:

QC #1031

 

“If you wanna make the world a better place…” 

 

 

 

QC #1031b

“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.”

 

 

 

QC #1031c

“You can’t start the next chapter if you keep re-reading the last one.”