I sometimes find myself looking around and getting overwhelmed and mopey about all that needs to get done. At times, I pull back, retreat, and fail to act. Recently I read a quote from Rosa Parks’ book, Quiet Strength, which really inspired me. To paraphrase – when we look only at our own challenges and complain about how things are less than ideal, we destroy our success and advancement. Instead, see what you can do and do it now.
For me, this especially applies to my relationships. As I choose to catch people doing things “right” and share what I see, everyone is re-energized, feels happier and more successful, and increases their capacity to give.
A wonderful example of this was during last night’s episode of The Biggest Loser. One of the contestants, Ada, was about to win the challenge (a race) and a car. Yet she and another contestant, Brendan, decided to wait for Patrick, an unemployed father of two young children (who desperately needed a car.) Patrick thought he had lost the challenge and was shocked when Ada and Brendan stood waiting, walked with him, and convinced Patrick to cross the finish line first to win the car (I cried.) It was something that they could do – which, from the expression on Patrick’s face, positively changed his life.
What can you DO today?
Happy holiday and enjoy the long weekend.
See you back on Monday, November 29th!
Write an Encouragizer Note and Positively Change Your Life