Comfort zones. Nothing creative or trailblazing or out-of-the-box or ground-breaking ever happens there.
And it’s easy to stay there. But once you leave, a whole new world opens up. Fresh ideas and feelings and people. It’s so rejuvenating.
As writer Neale Donald Walsch once said, “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” Continue reading
Fifty-four years ago this month, on August 28th, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “I Have A Dream” speech. Two hundred and fifty thousand civil rights activists had gathered at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington to hear it.
He said, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin, but by the content of their character.” Continue reading
I’m reading The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor. If you haven’t watched his TED Talk, it’s a must. He reminds us through years of research he did while at Harvard that happiness comes before success. Not the other way around.
So many of us think we will be happy when we meet that special someone, graduate, get a job, earn a promotion, buy a house, have children or lose weight. But research shows that if we are happier where we are, we will end up getting to where we need to be at a much quicker pace. Continue reading
I saw a quote this morning that inspired me. Psychologist Carl Rogers once said, “People are just as wonderful as sunsets if you let them be. When I look at a sunset, I don’t find myself saying, ‘Soften the orange a bit on the right hand corner.’ I don’t try to control a sunset. I watch with awe as it unfolds.” Continue reading
Our soul is kind of like a gas tank. If it gets drained, we lose steam, can’t get ahead and may even break down. But when we surround ourselves with experiences that inspire us and people who support us, our soul is full and ready to embrace the journey. It is empowering. Continue reading
I saw a picture the other day of all the different cell phones that have been around over the years. It made me think about Alexander Graham Bell who was experimenting with getting sound to travel across a wire because his mom and his wife were both hearing-impaired. He changed the world when that first “call” went through in 1876 and the telephone was born. Continue reading
There was a young boy in the early 1800s in England who got very little formal education. His father was imprisoned for having debts when the boy was 12 years old. The boy got a job in a shoe polish factory and lived in a tiny room while his mother and other siblings joined his father in jail which was the practice at the time. Continue reading
For those of us who grew up using a rotary phone with a long curly cord and no Google, the Yellow Pages was the go-to book to find friends, order pizza and look up the number for a plumber.
Did you know that in 1883 when a printer was putting together the regular phone book as usual, he ran out of white paper so he used yellow? And a few years later the Yellow Pages was born. Continue reading
On this day 48 years ago, the first man walked on the moon. Astronaut Neil Armstrong stepped outside his rocket ship onto the lunar surface as people around the globe sat and watched their televisions in awe.
How could a human travel so far and do something so impossible? Continue reading
I’m currently reading a book that has been a best seller since the 1930s and I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to pick it up. It’s called How To Win Friends And Influence People by Dale Carnegie. A book that has been selling for almost 100 years! Full of common sense nuggets.
One of the pieces of advice the author shares is that the best argument is no argument at all. Continue reading