In addition to the long weekend, the cookouts, the family, and the friends Memorial Day is a day of Thanks. A day of acknowledgment for a commitment to something other than self. We have to recognize in others the commitment we fail to see in ourselves. We go around life believing that we don’t have a driving force- that our commitment is not as good as the next person’s so we don;t share it. But that is the power. The power in sharing what you have given your life to. Whether it is to make sure your kids are never hungry or that children know how to read. These commitments impact people’s lives. And sharing those commitments and recognizing your greatness can only serve to drive you forward and keep you empowered.
Memorial Day is a day to thank those that are no longer with us. So today, let’s have a moment of silence for people who have given their lives to improve others. Let’s recognize their contributions in the lives we have today. And we should make time to thank those that are still with us. Thank them now so they can know they made a difference.
This Memorial Day I will thank my mother, the CEO of WHO?Bags International. I will thank her while she is still here and acknowledge the impact that her service had had on my life.
So what will you do this Memorial Day? Who are you going to thank? Whose life will you impact?
I woke up this early to work out and checked on one of my favorite deal sites before I started. Well, lo and behold there was an HP Ultrabook on sale for 400. The only catch was that this coupon code could only be used 500 times. Total. And this was on the internet available to billions of people. I knew I had to act fast but something was holding me back! I hemmed and hawed changing the configurations of the laptop millions of times. Using different tabs so I could compare what I was getting. By the end of it I was lost in a sea of information. I had created and recreated so much I didn’t know what to do. So I waited. When I had finally talked some sense into myself knowing that this was an excellent deal for the components that were being offered. The decision had been made for me. The sale was done and the price was now at the upper end of a budget that would make Donald Trump uncomfortable.
And then I realized I do that a lot. I’ll be prepared for an opportunity and then when it makes it self available I stall. Sometimes I catch the sale and sometimes I miss it. But for those 5 hours I am in anguish over something that I should have under complete control. I hem and haw wondering if this is actually the right decision, if this is going to turn out well. I look for definitive “truths” as if that will help me make a choice. I realize it just requires a leap of faith and the belief that I can handle anything no matter what comes my way.
We can easily fall into the trap of focusing and getting things done. Of drilling down to a specific task and working like mad on it. But sometimes a step back should be taken. Sometimes, the picture we have is not the picture we need. By taking a step back and viewing the complete picture we can have a different view point. That gives us different information that might affect the decisions we make. For example, I was recently scheduled to attend a conference. There became a scheduling conflict and the money that I had paid to the first conference was no longer refundable. I became so focused on getting that money back, that it did not occur to me that there were other options. Other options like advertising at the event! I was able to (through lots of conversation with others) able to create using that money to advertise at an event with over 1500 women! A step back provided the means to take a look at the complete picture and find opportunities. What are you so focused on that is stuck and not moving. What might pulling back provide for you?