Blog - December 2018
December 31, 2018
Sorrow prepares you for joy.
It violently sweeps everything out of your house,
so that new joy can find space to enter.
It shakes the yellow leaves from the bough of your heart,
so that fresh, green leaves can grow in their place.
It pulls up the rotten roots,
so that new roots hidden beneath have room to grow.
Whatever sorrow shakes from your heart,
far better things will take their place.
December 20, 2018
Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn,
a cool breeze in summer, snow in winter.
If your mind isn’t clouded by unnecessary things,
this is the best season of your life.
― Wu-Men, The Enlightened Heart: An Anthology of Sacred Poetry
December 17, 2018
To allow oneself
to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns,
to surrender to too many demands,
to commit oneself to too many projects,
to want to help everyone in everything,
is to succumb to the violence of our times.
― Thomas Merton
December 17, 2018
Do not try to save
the whole world
or do anything grandiose.
in the dense forest
of your life
and wait there
until the song
that is your life
falls into your own cupped hands
and you recognize and greet it.
Only then will you know
how to give yourself
to this world
so worth of rescue.
― Martha Postlewaite
December 13, 2018
What if you are standing on a crossroad and you see a baby fall, what will you do?
Take a few minutes to read this refreshing and inspiring article by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Top Three Attributes Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Looks for In a Leader where Nadella mentions the importance of:
- Creating clarity when none exists
- Creating energy and the importance of solitude
- Creating success in what is an over-constrained space
Nadella also shares that if you think about creating anything new, any new product, any new business, as a leader, the one skill that you need more than any other skill is that deep sense of empathy. Click here to read on!
December 08, 2018
Joy is rarer, more difficult, and more beautiful than sadness.
Once you make this all–important discovery,
you must embrace joy as a moral obligation
– Andre' Gide, French writer
Winter is here, and for many of us, days are long, dark, and cold!, which can zap our energy, making it a little more difficult to feel upbeat and happy.
And while holiday rituals like parties, exchanging gifts, enjoying sweets, and lighting up our homes can lift our spirits, I was curious about what personal habits we could cultivate in order to feel more joyful.
What I Learned about Joy!
Not only does joy feel good on a personal level (okay, we all know that!), but it can also lead to better work environments and improved work performance! According to the WSJ's 2018 article: The Plymouth Colony and the Business Case for Gratitude “Happy workers not only score higher for engagement, productivity, loyalty, creativity, they take fewer sick days and are more likely to help their colleagues.”
I also learned that creating happiness requires a higher order part of the brain than does negativity. In fact, negativity is the easiest and most primitive function of the brain! And while our genes and environment set the initial baseline for happiness, we can create positive habits around happiness and reverse the brain's negativity bias!
Shawn Achor, a Harvard educated happiness researcher who works with Fortune 100 companies and author of several books including Big Potential and The Happiness Advantage, describes happiness as the joy you feel moving towards your potential and suggests the following five tips for cultivating gratitude and joy.
Five Ways to Create More Joy!
Express Gratitude – Each day find three new things you are grateful for and why. Achor calls this the the 45–second disrupter, claiming the practice has the power to transform someone from being a low level pessimist to low level optimist in just 21 days! The key is to find new things (which trains your brain to scan the environment for positive experiences) and the why (attaches positive meaning to everyday experiences that could be overlooked or taken for granted).
December 02, 2018