“Lovely days don’t come to you. You should walk to them.”
—Jalāl ad-Dīn Rūmī, 13th-century Persian poet
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The term snowbird was first applied to humans in the early 1900s, to describe northern laborers who flocked down south to work as the cold, harsh winter set in up north.
Today, northerners of all kinds – including vacationers and retirees – are migrating south as the first frost arrives, to experience more lovely warm days.
Rumi surely wasn’t referring only to the weather. Perhaps he wanted all of us to look around – and deeper within – to determine exactly what a lovely day means, and just how much influence we have to create our own weather, wherever we happen to be.
What are some additional ways you can use your mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual energies to walk or even run toward far more lovely days in the future?
“People can’t jump on your bandwagon if it’s parked in the garage.”
—Sam Horn, Intrigue Expert, Author, Communications Strategist
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The term bandwagon first appeared in a book about P.T. Barnum, the famous circus promoter.
Back in the 1850s, a circus made a showy parade through town before they set up. The bright and ornamental wagons were always part of the parade, meant to attract villagers. Musicians were always included, so their arrival could be heard and seen for considerable distances.
What ideas, causes, missions, or purposes do you wish to share with the villagers in your personal and professional communities?
What are you currently doing to broadcast your energy and excitement so that others will climb aboard and join your parade?
Where are you still in the garage with your idea and vision? How can and will you strike up the band so that others can jump aboard?
“When a great moment knocks on the door of your life, it is often no louder than the beating of your heart, and it is easy to miss.”
—Boris Pasternak, 20th Century Russian poet & novelist
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I recently learned that our average level of digital engagement nearly tripled between 2007 to 2017.
Surprisingly, other aspects of our daily activities, such as sleeping, working, and commuting, have remained fairly stable.
We can all point to many positive aspects of our digital world, including increasing productivity, however more of us are now paying the price for this lack of digital well-being.
Mark Ostach, a Digital Well-Being Coach, suggests the following actions we can take to capture more of the “knocks on our doors” we may be missing:
- No digital gadgets at mealtime.
- Sleep device-free. Get a real alarm clock.
- Take a digital fast at least one hour each day.
- Make eye contact when talking.
- End your digital day one hour before bedtime.
- Go outside and get some fresh air.
“Tell a lie once and all your truths become questionable.”
Who are the people in your professional and personal life that you trust implicitly? How do they rate in terms of honesty and integrity?
Alternatively, who are those you do not trust? To what degree do these people stretch the truth, exaggerate, or simply out-and-out lie in order to look good, avoid accountability, or pursue other self-centered objectives?
Trusting relationships are the foundation of strong personal and professional partnerships, and this strength can easily be broken. Once observed, future doubt tends to creep in and undermine what may have taken many years to build.
What can and will you do to strengthen, repair, or rebuild the level of trust with those closest to you?
Consider checking out my Trust-o-Meter Assessment for some strategies that may help.
“When you counsel someone, you should appear to be reminding him of something he had forgotten, not of the light he was unable to see.”
—Baltasar Gracian, 17th Century Spanish Jesuit philosopher
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Coach-ability is the quality of openness and receptivity an individual has to the input, ideas, and general support of another individual or experience.
We all wish to be helpful and contribute to others, but on some occasions our intentions seem to miss the mark or can be dismissed or rejected.
Encouragement and enrolling an individual in being far more receptive and coach-able works better when their own thoughts and ideas are brought forth or drawn out, rather than simply showing them the light of our wisdom.
Where in your life have your efforts to counsel others fallen on deaf ears? Who in your various professional or personal communities is dulling their axe on you? How would the wisdom of today’s quote generate far more coach-ability and progress through these valuable interactions?
“The years teach much which the days never know.”
—Ralph Waldo Emerson, 19th Century American essayist, philosopher, poet
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If you take a close look at our beautiful Earth and have done some traveling, you will have likely enjoyed Mother Nature’s magnificence.
Consider the sculpting power of wind, water, ice, the tectonic forces below us, and how they have all shaped our world for 4.5 billion years.
Occasionally, and perhaps a bit more often these days, we see dramatic examples of Mother Nature’s power. However, it may be her patience and ongoing work over years, decades, centuries, and millennium in which we can most fully appreciate her masterpiece.
How can you more fully appreciate your own daily efforts as the sculpting tools they represent in designing and crafting the future you desire?
“Often the relationship that needs the most work is the one we have with ourselves.”
—Robert Tew, American writer
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How much time do you spend in a typical day with your work colleagues, significant other, children, and friends?
Please do the actual math to count the hours, minutes, and perhaps even the tiny moments of your day.
If you expand days to weeks, weeks to months, and months to years, what do the numbers look like?
Now you know the question is coming…
How much time do you spend alone?
Have you ever wanted to get away from yourself and realized, in particular moments, that you felt a bit trapped or stuck, and were looking for some form of escape?
Knowing that wherever you go, there you are, how and in what ways can you make this most important relationship with yourself an even higher priority each and every day?
“When you appreciate the good, the good appreciates.”
—Tal Ben-Shahar, American/Israeli author & teacher
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On most days, and for most of my life, I’ve had a half full, positivity bias toward life.
How about you?
Although it is easy to see areas in our world that need work, I see it as all of our jobs to do this work with both body and soul. Seeing and appreciating the good in others and our world seems to have a pulling attractiveness to make things even better.
If you research what drives us, you will find considerable evidence that our ability to positively influence our communities, better ourselves personally, and have a values-centered purpose are key.
How would having a greater positivity bias help you more fully appreciate all the good in your world?
Consider the idea of keeping an appreciation or gratitude journal for a least a week to see what appreciates in your life.