Private Revolution

TGIF everyone!

We’re almost to the summer and I think we can all use a kick back, lazy afternoon tune to tease us into the weekend. Here’s one of my favorite songs from the 80s – World Party’s Private Revolution. Despite what you see in the video, the band is one man, Karl Wallinger. He combines a catchy melody with some thoughtful lyrics.

We are the revolution, baby.

We’re come to take you home.

If you say you want a revolution, baby,

There is nothing like your own.

We are the revolution, baby,

We’re come to set you free.

After your evolution, baby,

There is nothing you can’t be.

caterpillar wings

Hmmm. That sounds an awful lot like personal transformation. It puts both the opportunity before us and the responsibility on us to make it happen. I hope Wallinger inspires you to find your next adventure!

 

Daydreamers

Whoot, it’s Hump Day! Sometimes, ya gotta go to your happy place… where is yours? This is one of my favorite questions of people, especially when we’re stressed. There’s nothing like indulging in a little daydream, one where there is no pressure and you can just be. Happy daydreaming lifts your mood and can help you think more positively; you return to reality with a fresh outlook – sometimes a little mental wandering can be very productive.

Speaking of dreaming, this Volkswagen GTI ad caught my attention – anyone with dogs knows that they fully live out their dreams. I love that Man and his Best Friend join up in their own happy place. 😀

dog dream

In case you need a heartwarming story to lift your spirits, check out where AT&T’s Korey Hicks saved a customer’s life and then kept him company at the hospital. He makes me proud to be a part of the AT&T family, not just because he took action when a customer was needing help physically but also because he then went out of way to help spiritually. A little kinship goes a very long way.

Happy Daydreaming – take a moment to recharge today!

Caryn

Raise Your Glass

Whoot, it’s FRIDAY!

Tonight, let’s all celebrate another week done, shall we? Sure it’s been tough (again!) and not everything (or much?) went our way but life is more fun when we have a few challenges. Ha! How about you Raise Your Glass with Pink and celebrate with me? I love her music, she has a sense of playfulness despite her edges showing.

Go where you are celebrated

My favorite line: Raise your glass if you’re wrong in all the right ways. That’s me (and a few of you, which is why I love you)! Gotta love her energy, that beat is gonna rock my office all day long.

Raise your glass with me tonight, be it water or wine – take a minute and celebrate each other!

All That We Are

Good Morning, you made it to Friday!

survivometer

It’s time to take stock of your week – How did you do on the survivometer? Barely made it? Stumbled a little but did ok? Or did you fly across the finish line despite everything that life threw in your way? If we could list all the hazards we encountered, we’d be here all day and all night, wouldn’t we?

How about we take a moment and just bask in being here. Check out this joyful song from Mumford and Sons with Baaba Maal, There Will Be Time. In the cold light, I live to love and adore you, it’s all that I am, it’s all that I have. All that we are – makes you think about what matters, who you are and who we are together. Sweet lyrics help get you off to a great start today!

 

 

Can You Laugh About It?

Happeeeeee Hump Dayyyyyyyyy! (In my head, that sounds like a ballgame announcer :D)

I hope your week is going smoothly…. Or not. Life is full of speed bumps and unexpected turns, isn’t it? How we react to these bumps in the road is important. Like all of you, I react both privately and publicly. You know what I mean. You have that internal conversation that may or may not be suitable for work and then you have the publicly acceptable and, likely, much more productive, reaction. Sometimes, though, we just have to let the frustration out. If you ever find yourself maxed out and needing a publicly acceptable word for how you’re feeling, how about Liz Lemon’s Blergs, Nerds and Jags?

blerg

Liz Lemon and her “blerg!” reminded me of the Orbit Gum ad where they use creative wording to express themselves (“Who are you calling a cootie queen, you lint licker?”). Next time you find yourself a bit frustrated, I challenge y’all to expand your vocabulary a little and maybe find a way to laugh about things. After all, there’s enough ugly in the world that we don’t need to add to it, right?

All Who Wander Are Not Lost

GM and welcome back to Monday!

It’s the first week of May, the second month of 2Q and we have lots to do. Are you at your best? I’ll bet your head is already spinning with everything you need to get done this morning, get done today, get done this week, get done this month, OMG-is-school-almost-out-for-the-summer? …you get the drift, right? When your head is overflowing with a task list, problems you need to solve and all the other junk floating around from last week, it’s hard to focus. It’s hard to stay calm. It’s hard to find the energy and creativity for not only solving problems but innovating. It’s hard to enjoy the moment when we’re so busy reacting to everything.

 Meditation is like a gym

So, what do you do to stay focused, stay creative, stay energized? How about we do nothing for a little bit? I know that sounds counter intuitive – after all, doing nothing won’t get your task list completed, will it? On the other hand, giving your brain a chance to wander might just help your creativity. It certainly will help your stress level and it should help your physical wellbeing, too.

Notice I didn’t give this practice a label. If I did, it would be meditation, but I know a bunch of y’all will dismiss the idea. What can it hurt, though, if you take 5-10-20 minutes to focus on your breathing and practice letting go of all those thoughts galloping through your mind? At most, you lose a few minutes. At best, you gain some peace of mind back and are better equipped to get through your day.

If you need a little help, here are couple of guided meditation sources: HeadSpace and Mindfulness Solution. I use HeadSpace, there’s something about it that keeps me faithful to my morning practice.