Thank you and me, for all of our daily efforts.
Thanks for the laundry done; asking which show the other person wants to watch; listening when we are too busy; going to all the football games; smiling when we want to snarl; patience at the grocery or bank or cleaners; the ability to hear what is being said and accept it; not rolling our eyes at whatever is said; noticing the mundane daily chores that get done; being brave; facing fear; not always thinking about ourselves; driving with kindness; understanding it is okay to not always be right; saying the kind word; bringing an extra coffee to work; smiling at loud children; understanding it isn't the waiter's fault. I am sure you get the drift here.
Once started, this list can go on and on. I appreciate, deeply, the efforts we all make to be good humans. Let's give ourselves a little pat on the back, and keep at it. Happy Thanksgiving...it IS the attitude of gratitude.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010
|Play a little bit all week long|
I have thought about this for awhile. Here is a question (and it's not a bad one)...could it be because we give ourselves permission to be happy, relaxed and focused on our real lives on the weekend? Do we just let our hair down and and think, "Boy-oh-boy, I can sleep in; wear no make-up; live in comfy clothes; spend more time with the kids; cook; read; veg; watch television - movies; get outside; nap; stay inside; paint; write; decorate; repair; shop...do you see where I am going with this?
Hey, I am right there with ya, buddy! I am peddling that work wheel all week too! (say that three times very quickly-- sounds like... would a woodchuck chuck...). Yeah, we do chuck wood. All week. It doesn't matter if we love our job or not. We are still, each and every one of us, not starting our day with our own agenda. Man, who gets to do that? The very, very wealthy?
We are not alone. A recent study of more than 50,000 employees from a variety of manufacturing and service organizations found that two out of every five are dissatisfied with the balance between their work and their personal lives.
How do you get a more balanced work and personal life so the weekend isn't the only freedom you have? Here are some tips that might work for you...
- Negotiate and change your hours at work -- can you flex or go part-time?
- Get a new job -- some jobs are more stressful than others and suck the life right out of you.
- Take a good hard look at consulting or free-lancing. Can you make it work financially?
- Schedule fewer meetings...really, and schedule more time in between them. Talk to your team and see how you can eliminate some meetings. They will cheer!