“You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.” Robin Williams
Monday, March 10, 2014
Had dinner last night in Chapel Hill with some wonderful friends.
After dinner I was walking back to my car and noticed how empty the streets were. It was Franklin Street, essentially main street for the home of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and there were no cars passing by and only a handful of folks on the sidewalks on a beautiful Sunday night.
This morning I realized that it’s spring break at UNC-CH.
Remember spring break? I’m not going to bore or excite you with details of my spring breaks but let’s just say that they definitely were a break.
What if we could do that now? Some folks do. A friend recently returned from a short cruise. I know other people who’ve taken off for a weekend to the beach, mountains, big cities, the country or simply shut off their phones and hunkered down for a weekend of reading and relaxation.
This has been a difficult winter for many of us. Looking back I can see that February was—hands down—one of the worst times I’ve encountered in decades.
It’s time we took a spring break. Even saying that makes me feel better.
With March Madness coming there’ll be opportunities to take off and relax a bit. Take advantage of any time you get to step back and away from the stresses. Find a way to look ahead and take a spring break, even if only a short one.
Friday, March 7, 2014
If you’re like most folks cereal was a big deal when you were growing up.
On this day in 1897, according to This Day in Business History, “cornflakes were first served at the Battle Creek Sanitarium in Michigan; they were loved immediately.”
The basic process for producing them was discovered by accident. Brothers Dr. John Harvey Kellogg and W.K. Kellogg were trying to find a way to make vegetarian foods more palatable so they layered boiled wheat (yum!) on a baking tin.
Dr. Kellogg was called away for an emergency operation and evidently W. K. wasn’t paying attention. When they returned the next day they ran the wheat through a roller expecting to get a sheet of it. “What they got was individual flakes, the forerunner of all ready-to-eat cereals.”
Sometimes accidents produce victories. You simply have to look for the win.
Have a great weekend. See you Monday.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
I see lots of people smiling when they are dancing.
I hardly ever see people smiling when they are running. Maybe they’re smiling on the inside, but I sure don’t see it on the outside.
However, if you stand near the finish line at a road race you’ll see some people grinning from ear to ear when they cross the finish line.
In fact, there’s credible research showing that when a runner sees the finish line their brain kicks out chemicals that trigger an adrenaline surge in the body giving them more energy to reach the goal.
In one of my devotionals this morning there was a line that jumped off the screen at me: Focus on the Treasure, not the Troubles.
Focus on the Treasure, not the Troubles.
What’s your goal? What’s the treasure? What's the finish line?
While it can be incredibly difficult to do at times, keeping your eye on the Treasure, the finish line, can push you through the difficulties you face getting there.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
One of the managers at yesterday’s program talked about fighting the changes his manager wanted him to make when he was first hired.
“I’ve worked here twice,” he said. “The first time I thought I knew it all and that man right there (pointing to a manager across the table) had a lot of confidence in me. He kept telling me, ‘If you’ll just do it this way it’ll work.’ But, I wouldn’t listen and I left.
“After awhile I came back and started to listen and then I got it. And the job worked just like he told me it would. It took me awhile to work my way up into management, but now here I am. And I’m still listening to him.”
Is someone or something telling you and me to “just get it?”
How long will it be before we do?
Monday, March 3, 2014
The message that life keeps offering a lesson until you learn it continues to be presented to me…continuously.
During the last 6 months the book, The Alchemist, by Brazilian novelist, Paul Coelho, has popped up in and around my life with maddening frequency. It’s the story of a Spanish boy’s journey to the Pyramids and his destiny. Last week during a seminar I even had an attendee bring up the book in her introduction to the class.
So, I downloaded it on Friday and read it today.
If you’re struggling to make a dream come true or trying to find a dream to chase (which is really the only way to really LIVE life) you must read this book.
Here are a few quotes that screamed at me:
An Arab proverb: “Everything that happens once can never happen again. But everything that happens twice will surely happen a third time.”
“When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better, too.”
“If a person is living out his Personal Legend, he knows everything he needs to know. There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”
“One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.”
“No matter what he does, every person on earth plays a central role in the history of the world. And normally he doesn’t know it.”