You promise yourself. “THIS is the day. This is the day I am going to remain positive.” Or, “THIS is the day I am not going to complain.” And then, five minutes after you show up at work, you’re filling your cup with some hot beverage and the delivery starts.
“Did you hear? Glen Beck is ending his show on Fox. Nobody knows who is going to replace him.”
You might your tongue. You know it doesn’t fit your promise to say what you are thinking about Glen Beck, and his show ending. Then you scoot on past the IT area where you hear the passionate discussion about the birth origins of our current President. “Well, I heard Trump on the news casting serious doubt on the Obama citizenship question.” Ah. AUGH. Your promise is teetering on the edge of the cliff. You ask yourself, “Who, just who would it benefit if I voiced my own doubts about the planetary origins of Trump, himself. And that HAIR?” The positive thing isn’t working out so well. And it hasn’t even hit morning break yet. Then! You remember. A friend of a friend sent you that adorable, free down-loadable PDF that is over the moon positive. Where did that go?
It’s here. http://www.kindovermatter.com/2011/01/freebie-alert-free-positive-thoughts.html
My friend, Amanda, operates Kindovermatter. A .com that exists to celebrate kindness, promote positive sharing and be generous in spite of economic trends. Following that link will take you to a poster that will inspire a different sort of conversational trend…where ever it is you spend your time. As antidote, as companion to the conversational reality around you…remember genuine positive thoughts are game changers. GAME changers…even IF Tiger Woods is not favored to win this year’s Masters…you can win with your own promise to sail through a day with nothing but grace.
LIFE BEGINS WHEN YOU DO premiered in its first month as the number 2 best seller at simpletruths.com Number two. Right out of the gate. In it’s second month it holds the #3 position. If I were an Olympic competitor both those standings would put me on the Medal Stand.
There is an incessant drive to be NUMBER ONE. It is pervasive. The compulsion for superior performance is every where. But here’s what I know: I already gave my most excellent performance when I turned my manuscript in to Mac Anderson at Simpletruths.com LIFE BEGINS WHEN YOU DO was a marathon. A triathalon! testing my skills as one who longs to inspire.
So I’ll take the Silver Medal for February. I’ll take the Bronze Medal for March. And since I tend to do things backwards…perhaps you will help me realize the GOLD in April. This very day Mac is offering my newest book at $10. (It’s usually $15.95). A good day to get those Graduation, Promotion, Don’t-Worry-It-Will-Get-Better gifts you have been meaning to get.
Is that a contradiction? Saying I already won and asking you to buy my book? Every natural competitor reading this will understand that it isn’t. My Dad, a manufacturing production floor manager drilled in to me, “You are today’s accomplishment, not simply yesterday’s awards.” I also know that having the courage to ask for help is a significant part of realizing one’s vision. Any one, any vision.
So, yes. This is me, asking. I’d like to see my new book take a Number Place on the Stand for the month of April. And I’d be honored if you would help me stand there.
That sounds good, doesn’t it?
I recalled one of my former employees loved these little chocolate bites that were wrapped in colorful foil with sage advice printed on the inside. We could always tell when she’d devoured a sweet bite because she’d announce to advice to the whole crew! A fine spot we’re in – I pondered. Taking life lessons from chocolate wrappers. Today I received my due lesson.
With the season of delectable pastel treats fast approaching my husband graced me with a bag of wrapped chocolates. Not endorsing any particular brand here but perhaps you know they are Dove chocolates. In telling this tale you will all know that I had three bites of chocolate before lunch. But so it goes with sharing good information!
The first wrapper said, LIVE IN THE PRESENT MOMENT. Aghast, stunned that the chocolate knew I’d been venturing with small bits of anxiety into future days. I took the hint.
Just moments later, on errands serving the needs of others I received another piece of advice, TAKE SOME TIME FOR YOURSELF. Well advised. I went home, brewed a cuppa java and sat and contemplated the day.
Energized and entertained I launched in to my third tidbit and what awaited me but this, ENCOURAGE YOUR SENSE OF DARING.
It’s easy to think we know and value the appropriate sources of kindness, knowing, intuitive bits of wisdom, Occasionally what I think I KNOW keeps me from profound discovery. There’s learning and lesson to be drawn from many unlikely sources. And today my finest teacher so far has been wrappers from small bits of yum. Who knew? Well, yes, my staff member knew and I’ll have to let her know that the good information finally sunk in!
Sure to draw a chuckle from my friend and graphic designer was my emphatic promise upon delivering illustrations, “I promise! None of them will have crowns on their heads.”
This, of course, was a sweet little industry joke we shared about the proliferation of crowns, various pointy hats and not-to-be-overlooked-wings on nearly every trendy illustration in the marketplace.
And now, I come to the crowning all heads party late. Unhappy with a piece I was working on I muttered to myself, sounding every bit like an old curmudgeon, “I might as well put a jester’s cap on that head.” The head of reference was mine – at barely three, on my tricycle. (The tricycle that expanded my experience of the world by three square blocks – a rather hefty piece of real estate for almost three).
On goes the jester’s cap. Next thing you know I’m putting a crown on a bee. Well, THAT makes sense, doesn’t it? Queen Bee and all. But then, the real trouble began. It was the crown on the crow that made sense of it all. There are so many crowns, pointy hats (and for that matter, wings) on things because it’s downright fun. Go ahead. You skeptics out there – go ahead. Try putting a crown on something. I venture it will not be your last.