Filling Your Day With What?

I was in the car this morning with my neighbors, Cookie and Pat. As we were making our way to Lakeshore Drive, Cookie asked the question: Would you rather have 20 hours of darkness or 20 hours of sunlight each day? Odd question and I didn’t really want either. My second thought was 20 hours of darkness. Perhaps it’s the time of year and the fact that it’s actually cold today – and curling up under a warm cover sounds pretty good.

Cookie was really clear – 20 hours of sunshine was her first choice. So it made me think a bit more – would I really want 2o hours of darkness a day? Absolutely NOT – especially if I expand the definition of darkness beyond the lack of sunlight to a dark perspective. 20 hours of negativity each day would be horrible.

So Cookie, Pat, and each of you, I vote for 2o hours of light – whether it comes from the sun, encouraging words, or a kind gesture of the heart.

Happy Wednesday and Happy Birthday Betty,
Anita

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Could There Be Too Much of a Good Thing?

Yesterday, I was interviewing Craig, an expert on business stories, for CareerCast, the global podcast series I produce and host at Chicago Booth. We were chatting about how to tell a compelling career story and I asked the “dreaded” what’s your greatest weakness question. Craig went on to share his own “weakness” as being too enthusiastic and upbeat.

How could this possibly be a weakness? Before I could even say those words out loud, Craig had an answer. The problem with thinking everything is great is that it’s really hard to understand where the priorities are and what’s most important. I never thought about it this way – perhaps because I share Craig’s weakness.

So while I am not going to dampen my enthusiasm, optimism, and thinking that lots of people and things are great – I will pause to prioritize. After all, there is great, greater, and greatest.

Have an awesome Tuesday,
Anita

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What really is a BFF?

Today is the birthday of one of my BFFs. His name is Kevin. I will never forget something that he did many years ago. I received a handwritten note completely out of the blue (this was long before I started writing notes to others,) when I needed it more than Kevin could ever have known.

At that time specifically, I was struggling recovering from extensive injuries from being crushed by an elevator, with a career stall out (because of the injuries,) and from my father’s death. I was not the easiest person to be around as negativity was my closest “ally.” Yet Kevin didn’t stop being my friend. In fact, he showed his care, compassion, and affection even more – this is a true BFF.

Thanks Kevin and Happy Birthday,
Anita

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Actions Follow

Some say that actions follow the heart – what you truly want and are committed to have. I would modify this a bit and say that “actions follow the convinced heart.” A convinced heart is one filled with hope, encouragement, and determination. So in the season of giving, show even one other person how much you believe in him or her. This could be just what (you and) they need.

For those of you who celebrate Thanksgiving, Happy Thanksgiving – and for everyone, thank you for your continuing support to spread encouragement.

Warm regards,
Anita

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Help Is On the Way

I worked Saturday and had the day off yesterday and spent some of it running errands and the vast majority talking with friend and family on the phone. While this is not an unusual activity, what struck me the most was how much care, support, and help was shared. It’s also clearly not a one-way street. Some people are in need of assistance and others provide it. Yet on any given day, the givers can become the receivers and vice versa.

So as we move closer to year end, some individuals think about what could have been – and may feel lonely or even disconnected. Reach out and let your friends and family know how important they are to you – and if you need support, ask for it. From my experience, others are only too happy to help.

Have a great Tuesday,
Anita
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Finding “The One”

I went to a wedding on Saturday after work. It was a lively, elegant, and fun event. As I was immersed in the loving words of the ceremony, I began to think about how people find “the one.” The person officiating the wedding told us my friend met her husband through Match.com. Yet that’s just the beginning of the story. My friend has been preparing her life for years to be ready for the loving relationship that has blossomed with her now husband. Some of this was by her actively developing her capacity to share her life with another person and some of it was in taking challenges head on to expand what she believed was possible.

So as are looking for “the romantic one” or even “the career one,” polish your heart, character, and life – in each thing you do.

Have a great Monday,
Anita

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When the Grass Looks Greener . . .

 

I am prone to think about my life and circumstances and wish they were better – more like someone’s life I know or know of. This is a precarious way to live for a couple of reasons: 1. what I want changes (at least a little) based on my goals, priorities, and mood and 2. the lives of others may or not be as they appear on the surface. So if you begin to see the grass as greener elsewhere and feel frustrated, discouraged, or aggravated by the gap between your life and others – STOP. Realize that everyone’s life has wonderful things and challenges and switching lives isn’t always a trade up.

Have a great weekend,
Anita

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