Offering Luminaries A Place to Cultivate
Enjoy A Little Peace & Ease
While on Your Journey to Become
Who You are Meant to Be....
Yesterday, passing my secretary’s desk, I asked her if she had decided which day she planned on taking a vacation- Monday or Friday? She had just purchased a new home and she had requested time off. Her kindness and strong work ethic lead to her immediately
looking down at our shared calendar. She quickly assessed that it would have to be Friday because I had our team meeting already planned for Monday morning. I replied by asking which day would actually work better for her, Monday was her response.
I expressed my support for taking Monday off regardless of our meeting. I shared that another team meeting will always be just around another corner. Not with standing, moving into her new home is certainly a one of a kind moment, and for most only happens once or twice in a lifetime.
Our conversation appeared to catch the attention of the entire office, as I described that I had been noticing how my weeks and months are flying by at what feels like an accelerated pace. From my view right now the only way to anchor myself, into my moments are to take notice of these random and planned life events. I can see now the reverence we have for our daily experiences, and our bigger life events, impacts our daily joy and connection to what one might call a life well lived. .
It appeared that she was a bit skeptical. My gift to share in this moment was to clearly express that I did not want her to worry about the extra work that would be left to me. I wanted her to know that I will not sit in quiet resentment, because she honored her life. I genuinely meant that she should take whatever day suited her best and we would carry on in support of her.
Just then a respected colleague rolled himself out on his desk chair and into our conversation. He shared that a former boss in these situations would say to him that “ he was just not that important” and to go on with his day as he needed. My secretary and I laughed and acknowledged that what I was saying was similar. We all chatted a bit and he rolled back into his office.
She then whispered across the room, I like what you said better, and I smiled and acknowledged her sentiment. I whispered back, you are important and that is why I want you to go enjoy your moment.
I turned and headed back to my office, and felt connected to my authentic self. I truly believe that if I spend my days locked and loaded as the supreme task master, I will only enjoy a life filled with more tasks to master. Yet, if I support myself and my team in enjoying as many moments as we can, I will have a team more ready to meet our goals, with joy.
How do you recognize the moments that you can support your team in life verses work? What impact does this have your goals and progress? How do you keep the sharks at bay?
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