Everything we learned in Kindergarten!
I remember my kindergarten room was all about cooperation, community and acceptance. Sharing. Doing things independently and then learning how to do them together. “Hands are for making things, not for hitting.” “That’s okay that she is different than you are. We can all still work together.” I can see my teacher’s smiling, freckled face. What a cheerful soul. To be a good kindergarten teacher is a sacred calling. It really is THE Launching Point for our careers and many of our life’s lessons and challenges.
My point? I’m guessing President Obama had a pretty awesome kindergarten teacher.
Obama Certifies Military Ready for ‘Don’t Ask’ Repeal
By Jim Garamone
WASHINGTON, July 22, 2011 – Based on recommendations from military leaders, President Barack Obama has certified to Congress that the U.S. armed forces are prepared for repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law.
There is a 60-day waiting period before the repeal goes into effect, so the law will officially come off the books Sept. 20. After that date, gay service members can be open about their sexual orientation.
The president signed the certification and delivered it to Congress today.
Yesterday, after a full creative day at my bench, I took on the task of five off-island errands. Which meant organizing myself for a ferry trip and getting to five establishments before their night time close. Since I started this venture at the early end of a normal work day – I felt a little “behind” before I started.
The lesson of the dragonfly has inserted itself into my consciousness. Good thing for me. I could FEEL myself flapping, unproductively, like a housefly having to flap those wings 600 times a minute in order to sustain its flight. I was able to picture the beauty of the dragonfly, take three, deep purposeful breaths and calm my own wing flapping down to the more tolerable thirty flaps a minute.
Five errands equaled five hours. I arrived home calmly, attitude fully intact and happy to have accomplished each thing I had set out to do. I had to adjust my plan and map several times within that five hour period. In that – the dragonfly continues to be a modern marvel and model. In spite of its primordial roots, its practice is so very relevant to the way I live each day. Able to competently and flexibly change direction. No flap – no fuss.
I was grateful as I pulled into the driveway of my home at dark o’thirty, that I had listened to the dragonfly’s message of intentional purpose and calm.
no need to shine.” The dragonfly disagrees.
The iridescent sparkle of the dragonfly is disarming to many of its predators.
The conclusion is easily drawn! Particularly in business, women are encouraged to flail themselves into the competitive fray of business in serious-looking suits and vocabulary that might take down a WWW Federation champion.
And here is the model of the dragonfly…the natural sparkle and shine of its iridescent wings act as a disincentive – a deflector.
I can recall, beginning in second grade, questions that have been asked of me all my life.
“Who wrote this for you?”
“Where did you get this idea?”
“Who taught you that?”
An”advocate” of mine in high school put in writing, “She’s not that bright but her compassion shines.”
With a lifelong penchant for the underdog (with plenty of underdog in my self!) I have long embraced my sparkle. And not been “taken seriously” for the sake of it. And yet, unwilling to give up my sparkle, I just keep on shining. It is not the way of of business, but is my way IN business. And that makes it the best way for me. This is my lesson from the shine of the dragon fly’s wings. What might your lesson be?