“Friends” and “Sex and the City” – have been eclipsed by novels about young women abandoning the bright lights and fast track for simpler lives, smaller towns, and more homespun fellas. Even daydreams, this seems to show, can be downsized.”
— John Yemma, Editor of the Christian Science Monitor
Should you downsize your dreams?
I discuss this question in a new AUDIO version of this blog! Get inspired:
At first, this might sound deflating. A big sigh goes out of you as you think of all the big goals you pursue, perhaps to no avail!
We’re all here to help each other, and part of that is supporting balance. And one of the ways we can do this is to encourage your team to share their goals outside of work. In so doing, this will help your organization’s mission, too.
It’s important to have outside lives and interests. You have to begin by recognizing those first for yourself. Your team will see you modeling this balance and how it makes you a whole, fully giving person.
Why do we try to encourage our team to have outside interests, and to share their goals? We know UniversalGiving can’t be everything for everyone (even me :)). Balance helps keep people energized and refreshed. They maintain strong critical thinking skills and positive energy. Your team also feels they can be transparent about what their goals are. Continue reading →
“Successful couples are savvy. They read books, attend seminars, browse Web articles and observe other successful couples. However, successful couples will tell you that they also learn by experience – trial and error.
Here are ten principles of success I have learned from working with and observing hundreds of couples:
1. Happiness is not the most important thing. Everyone wants to be happy, but happiness will come and go. Successful couples learn to intentionally do things that will bring happiness back when life pulls it away.Continue reading →
“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.”
– Ambrose Redmoon
What’s more important than fear?
And that is what my grandmother Oma taught me, about the gift of Giving of Yourself, while on stage. Let’s not be fearful about what the audience thinks; instead, we should focus on giving to our audience. Continue reading →
“Get action. Seize the moment. Man was never intended to become an oyster.” – Theodore Roosevelt
Theodore Roosevelt was a true action man.He tumbled down the rivers of Brazil in turbulent times in South America. He took a stand for civil rights when it was not popular to do so. He defied the odds in elections, time and time again. He was persecuted and persevered in so many realms, overcoming his fears.
Theodore Roosevelt is famous for his larger-than-life personality, adventurous lifestyle, and strong opinions. He was an avid outdoorsman all his life, fought in the Spanish American War, wrote books on history and naturalism, and made expeditions to Africa and South America. He was prominent in politics, holding a number of offices, including being the youngest person to be president.
“Begin now. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand and melting like a snowflake.”
This is one of my favorite quotes… that “this moment… [is] sparkling like a star in our hand… and melting like a snowflake.”
Any moment that is sparkling like a star in our hand means that it is precious. And every moment is… find the joy, the sparkle, the love, the warmth of the moment…
And then… make sure you know it is precious, for Paula goes on to state that each moment is “melting like a snowflake.” That means it’s gone.
So was your last moment spent in joy or frustration? In gratitude or upset? Did it help resolve or move forward or cause more consternation? Even in the challenges, our moments can still be constructive. How I learn from this, striving to appreciate the “star and melting snow” of each moment myself.
Paula Best is a mixed-media artist out of New Mexico. She owns PINK Blackbird and creates fun and whimsical designs for cards, rubber stamps, and charms. Her art often includes inspiring and humorous messages.