Monday Mantra: Taking A Moment

So 2 weeks ago I set a goal of finishing some of the many books I was reading. Between travel, work, and life I didn’t get them all finished. But I did get one completely done, The Raw Shark Texts, which by the way was amazing and you should go read it now! I also got ahead on my work book club The Leadership Challenge and so far this book is really useful as a learning tool. I am really enjoying it so far. For the time I had to dedicate to this goal I am pleased with the outcome and have decided I am not buying anymore books until I read all the ones I have here!

 

Monday Mantra Ten: Taking A Moment

I didn’t sleep well last night and I couldn’t figure out why. I woke up and went to work and just felt sicker and sicker as the day went on. By lunch I really wasn’t feeling well, I had a dentist appointment, so I headed to that and by the time someone had poked around in my mouth for almost an hour I knew I couldn’t go back to work. I decided to work from home the rest of the day and spent the remaining few hours of the work day on my couch tying up the loose ends of a few projects I have been working on at work. I came home and made myself a green monster with the hopes I would feel better but I have basically been on the couch the whole night. In the mix was frozen cherries, banana, strawberries, blueberries, chia seeds, soy milk, and spinach.

 

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I had to skip my workout but that’s okay, when I finished up my work for the day I took the night to myself and while watching television was looking at some of the news stories about the death of the great Canadian politician Jack Layton. I think we all can learn a lot from Jack, he worked hard till his dying day. He literally told the House of Commons on July 25 that he would return to the house in the fall. He was a force to be reckoned with and he fought for the people of Canada. One thing I did notice though through all his hard work and the success he had he never lost sight of what was important – his family, he looked at his work as recreation, and you could tell he truly loved what he did.

 

I think this week in the spirit of Jack I am going to try and take a moment each day to myself or spend time with someone I love. I will always work hard and I love what I do but I think a little perspective about what is important and taking time to enjoy this world is always needed. Rest in peace Jack … you were an inspiration to us all.

 

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My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world. – Jack Layton (Source)

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