Celebration is on my mind as we wrap up another year of school, near the end of Q2, and approach the summer solstice, traditionally a time of celebration. As a culture, we’re pretty good about celebrating people. We celebrate birthdays, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day and Valentine’s Day with great enthusiasm. But I’ve found that we’re not always so great about celebrating our accomplishments.
Why is that? Here’s what I hear most often (and sometimes say to myself as well):
The first time it happened was last autumn. One of my coaching clients told me, “Nancy, you should be a yoga teacher.” The second time it happened was last week. One of the participants in my Discover Your Strengths class asked if I was also a yoga teacher. These two short, off-the-cuff, seemingly inconsequential conversations have stayed with me. I love yoga and the idea of teaching yoga someday.
But when I step back I see something even bigger. I see how magical it is when people see … Continue reading
After reading many articles about this book by Susan Cain, I finally purchased it after a conversation with a leader with a preference for Introversion told me, “I’m going to give this book to every manager I ever work for as an operations manual.” I have a preference for Extroversion myself, and I live and work with many people who have a preference for Introversion so I decided I needed to get my hands on this book.
After reading this book I came away with a deeper understanding, appreciation and compassion for the people in my life … Continue reading
What would it be like if there was more appreciation in this world?
Would life be sweeter? Would we all have more internal resources to persevere when things get difficult? Would we begin to train ourselves to see the goodness all around us?
After a particularly challenging week when I noticed a lack of appreciation on a variety of levels, I took it upon myself to do a little experiment – to see what things would be like for me and others if I, as Gandhi puts it, became “the … Continue reading
As we move into December, the nights grow longer and the days grow colder. I find myself wanting to be inside more, literally and figuratively, and always find this time of year good for reflection. As we wrap up 2010, and before we turn our attention toward goals and resolutions for 2011, I encourage you to slow down enough to acknowledge and celebrate all that’s happened this year.
Yes, I know that this time of year can be a mad dash to complete those last goals for 2010, attend a full schedule of parties, and complete the … Continue reading