No act of kindness, no matter how small is ever wasted – Aesop
I still remember the kindness of the people I worked with, in my first full-time job, thirty years ago. One was a senior manager inviting two penniless recent graduates around for Sunday lunch with him and his wife. Two, whoever it was that voted to give me a second chance after a poor performance review. I would have been in big trouble had I lost this job; instead, I ended up staying with them for over four years.
So, who do you remember with gratitude and affection?
You get in life what you have the courage to ask for – Oprah Winfrey
This quote reminds me of a young woman who came into our Learning shop one day to ask if we were taking on volunteers. As the manager, I could see how nervous she was, in approaching us, but I still admire her for having the courage to come in and ask.
It also reminds me that it was during my first degree that I learnt to ask for more from life, the single most empowering thing that came out of those four years.
So, what do you need the courage to ask for?
Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall – Confucius
It took seven attempts for me to pass my driving test almost thirty years ago, but I am so glad I stuck at it because once I did it flipped a switch and I then went on to achieve a whole host of other things.
So, how will you pick yourself up today?
Instead of seeing the rug pulled from under us, we learn to dance on a shifting carpet – Thomas F. Crum
Makes me laugh as I imagine myself hopping and skipping about on a moving carpet. It is how I think about change and the need to embrace it, go with it willingly rather than being dragged along.
So, how good are you with change?
I’ve learned over the years, that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear – Rosa Parks
Reminds me that there are times when you need to commit and go for it. Direct your energy and focus on producing the change you want, rather than worrying over it.
So, what do you need to commit to today?
A flower does not think of competing to the flower next to it; it just blooms – Lao Tzu
Reminds me that far too many of us are needlessly comparing ourselves to what we see other people, doing on Social Media. We are perhaps struggling with Fear of Missing Out and the accumulation of ‘likes’ on our feeds. Now more than ever, I believe we need to focus on our own journey and allow others to do the same.
So, with whom are you needlessly comparing yourself?
Talk to yourself like you would someone you love – Brene Brown
Because, why would you not? And you are the one person who is always listening.
So, how are you talking to yourself? And would you really, speak to your best friend like this?
There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly – R Buckminster Fuller
Do not allow others to define you; write your future out for you. Very little in my early life points to me having access to higher education, let alone running my own business. And this is from someone who had remedial reading classes in the days before we talked about Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Dyscalculia.
So, how much do you believe in your potential?
Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘ I will try again tomorrow.’ – Mary Anne Radmacher
With everything currently going on, I can recognise there are people living lives of quiet desperation, who still turn up every day to do what needs to be done.
So, how will your courage show up today?
You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose – Dr Seuss
Another quote that makes me laugh but also reminds me that we can recognise the resources, support, and power we already have. We do not have to wait for society’s permission to make a start. Start the research, the writing, the singing, the degree, the apprentice
That’s it, until next time.