Oh, what a beautiful day. It’s Friday and TGIF – Trust, Gratitude, Inspiration, & Fun!
At the beginning of each day most days, I take five minutes to think of the people with whom I will be connecting during that day. I am trusting in how these few moments change me.
When I approach an encounter with fine-tuned expectations and a productive attitude, the exchange we have later in the day benefits.
Here is what I review in those brief minutes:
- How do I feel about meeting with them?
- What might they be anticipating?
- What result would I like from our exchange?
- What attitude do I need to have to make it a positive encounter?
These five minutes boost the pleasure and the efficiency of my time with these folks.
I might have taken a person’s work as a given and take time to recall and appreciate the effort they invested. Or I realize that I need to clarify the desired outcome of a meeting.
These 5-Minute Previews also make me mindful of and grateful for the unplanned encounters during the day. It’s a gift when
- At the coffee machine, we meet the person we were trying to track down
- We were able to connect with someone by text and get the needed information or support
I am trusting in applying respectful communication tools and to staying respectful even especially when it’s tough.
It’s bee-thanking time again. We harvested our hives and put the honey in jars. And thanks to those buzzing beauties, the fruit trees were pollinated, and I was able to make a TON of jam.
The grocers at our local market must be thankful for me. My “jamming” keeps them in business!
I am hoping to be inspired by Marie Kondi, the tidying specialist. The first chapter into her book prepared me to be inspired. She speaks of changing mindset which then, naturally, leads to altered behavior.
This is what I teach in my constructive communication classes!
And yet, I feel (fear?) that reading the book implicates work. Effort. Part of me prefers to take life easy AND not deal with the consequences!!!!! Sooner than later, reality checks in.
That’s what my trainees must feel (fear?) too!
I’ll read the book…or watch the Netflix.
The exchanges of our family WhatsApp group have been particularly fun-filled this week.
When used well, WhatsApp groups can create community and bring people close together despite long distances.
Warning: Especially when the group is large, it’s good to set ground rules. Twenty “😍” and “👍” get redundant.
Here is a glimpse of our family “discussion” when one son took his driving test…
What fun are you planning for this weekend? We all benefit from some nice, clean (tidy) fun!
Wishing you a great week.
A bientôt (next week), Denise
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