Today, we celebrate our forefathers, who set the tone for our country; George Washington and Abraham Lincoln are two who set the pace. Both were courageous in their own way but changed the dynamic of how things are today.
When I think of them, I think of disruptors – those who are not satisfied with the ‘status quo’ and aren’t afraid to say so. I think we all need to be like these men – this is how movements are made.
If you’re off today, enjoy your day. If not, enjoy your day. But the message is to keep being disruptive about your passions and your message. “Be the change you seek” (Mahatma Ghandi, n.d.).
As we celebrate this day, I wanted to wish you a day filled with much love and happiness; spend it finding the positives in your life, and be sure to spread that around. Enjoy your day!
This week is National Kindness Week so I’m putting it out there to do something (or several) everyday to show kindness to others. We live in a VERY unkind world these days that it makes me shake my head at some stories I read and hear.
Being kind, just like gratitude, takes the focus off of you and puts it to others. Being kind doesn’t take much, or have to cost a lot of money – it’s up to you of what’s in your heart. But, you would be making a huge difference to someone else. Here are a few quick and easy ways to spread kindness to others:
- give thanks to someone else – give compliments or say thank you to someone for something they did, or for just being them
- send cards – who wouldn’t want to receive a card or small note in the mail, or in person? Recognize someone from your past who made a difference, such as a former teacher or mentor
- donate – this can be either your time or in monetary terms, say to your favorite charity or a cause you believe in
- send out positive thoughts, or pray, for someone; we all can use these
- pay it forward – buy the meal or coffee for the person in front, or back, of you
- small acts go a long way – hold the door open for someone, carry groceries for another
In recognition, I’d like to say ‘thank you’ to those who follow me; you rock!
So, I haven’t been as present in writing my blog for over a week now; my computer went down. I was sitting in my office with it running fine; I turned around and then noticed a blue screen. Then black. I was able to turn it on, but it kept saying ‘no boot detected.’ Being resourceful, I turned to the internet (from my phone) to see if I could determine the problem. I was able to do a systems check, which then showed “no hard drive detected.’ Uh oh….
I am amazed at the power of Youtube, as I was able to find a video teaching me how to check the hard drive (I had to go buy a special screwdriver); unfortunately, it still didn’t work. The next step – other than not panicking – was to call someone. This person was able to detect the problem and fix it, at a very inexpensive price. But that didn’t take care of all the problems – I had my applications that had to be re-installed, which took a couple days and calling someone else.
The good news is, I’m back! For me, who also teaches online, this could have been very bad. But, I learned some things from this:
- you are more resourceful than you know – not only was I able to try and fix the computer (and do some reinstalls), but I was able to use my tablet and phone to get some work done
- calling for help is not a bad thing – isn’t that why us ‘experts’ exist?
- be sure to BACK UP your data regularly; I am thankful that I have an external hard drive but will work to back up my data more regularly
- do not panic; I worked to remain calm that things would work out well – I didn’t want to put that negativity into the universe and invite it in
- utilize your contacts for referrals and services; the person who fixed my computer was someone I met at a networking event
- make sure you have all your user ID’s and passwords kept in one location, as well as account numbers so you can get back in business quickly
- you are more resourceful than you know
Hopefully, I’m good to go for quite a while; I know computers have their ‘shelf life’ but I don’t anticipate any more problems. I’m good to go and back in business. Thanks for your patience and readership.
As we are celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., here are several of his quotes to savor and see how you can apply them to your career and life:
“The time is always right to do what is right.”
“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
“In the end, we will not remember the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”
Take time to reflect on the meaning of these and how you can apply them to your live; journal on them and/or keep them visible so you can see them and get motivated to lead them in your life.
As we celebrate this Thanksgiving Day. I wanted to send gratitude and wishes that you and your family has a blessed and Happy Thanksgiving Day. Let’s keep our focus and appreciation on all that we have in our lives so more will come. Enjoy your day!
In light of recent events, not only here those in Louisiana and Dallas, this is all I’ve got today; hope this brings you peace to spread to others – we need it:
“If I want to live in a peaceful world, then it is up to me to make sure that I am a peaceful person. No matter how I behave, I keep peace in my heart. I declare peace in the midst of chaos or madness. I surround all difficult situations with peace and love.” (Louise Hay)