Turn Around Tuesday

“Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.” – Eleanor Roosevelt (First Lady, 1884 – 1962)

I don’t mind telling you that things have been a little stressed for a while. Some factors are wonderful while others are not so great. Isn’t it nice to know we all feel that way sometimes?

At one of the peak stress moments, I received a gift in the mail with a card attached that has this week’s quote on it. The gift was wonderful, but the gem was the card. I would not be exaggerating if I told you I was instantly energized and felt newly confident. I appreciate my friend more than she knows and cherish her footprints.

So today, on this Tuesday Monday, in order to battle stress and make a great day, I encourage footprints and the acknowledgement of footprints.

Take the next five minutes – we all have five minutes – and contact two people.

  1. Be a footprint leaver. Now, I know we don’t have any idea when, where, or how we leave all our footprints. But, we all know when we’ve been good to another person.
  2. Be a footprint appreciater. You already know who this person is – you’ve been thinking about them this whole time. Tell them.

Spreading goodwill and expressing gratitude can be two of the greatest ways to overcome Tuesday Mondays – or any other day that feels like it is!

*Photo credit to iphis.

The Right Word, The Right Thought

“The difference between the almost right word & the right word is really a large matter–it’s the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.” -Mark Twain, (letter to George Bainton, 1888)

The hardest part about writing Turn Around Tuesday is finding the quote. (Note: If you have one you really like, feel free to send it to me!)

What it is about quotes that make them lasting, memorable, and recited? I think it’s the impact the words make on us as a person when we hear them. In that statement, we are allowed an “aha” moment. Recalling the words spoken later is an attempt to regain that moment. When it is successful, it enters into a different playing field – it becomes “a quote.”

Many times I go through my day and don’t realize all the words I put out there. Banter with friends, time with family, working with clients – there is a lot of information being passed around. Not all of it useful, most of it is good, occasionally it is careless.

The permanence of the word is realized when somebody else remembers yours for you. “Remember when you said…” That can be an powerful moment – hopefully in a good way.

We often overlook how much our words can mean to another person. Today, I make it my mission to find the right words. Not just to convey a thought, but to give back to someone else. Funny thing happens when we speak goodness to others – we get to keep a little of it for ourselves.

Turn Around Tuesday

“At the end of the day, whether or not those people are comfortable with how you’re living your life doesn’t matter. What matters is whether you’re comfortable with it.”
– Dr. Phil McGraw

So, how about I love today’s quote. I could be somewhat biased as I am a pretty solid Dr. Phil fan. But, I would like to think that this quote would still speak to me, even if I weren’t.

I will go ahead and assume that Dr. Phil doesn’t mean those rare individuals who can be ok with being evil. I am sure he is referring to those folks that we all are and we all know. Those who, while we make mistakes from time to time, are generally good and respectable.

Big dreamers make some folks uncomfortable. Start turning those dreams into real accomplishment, the numbers may go up. Maybe this comes from the fact that risk takers unnerve people, and big dreamers are risk takers.

People who are uncomfortable can react with a “fight or flight” response. Typically, this will be directed at the big dreamer causing the discomfort.

Unfortunately, this abandonment or confrontation can cause the big dreamer to begin to question everything they know in their heart to be true. This doubt can disable momentum, zap enthusiasm, and weaken the resolve to not give up.

Are you a big dreamer? Let me encourage you today to keep going big! You have no doubt thought your plan through, accounted for missteps, and considered the cost. Are you good with that? Then move forward and be successful!

Turn Around Tuesday

“One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.”
– Maya Angelou, US author & poet (1928 – )

If you visit my website in the next week or so, please excuse all the dust – we are doing a bit of remodeling. Everything works – mostly. The incompleteness is mainly in the content.

If you have been with me awhile, you are thinking, “Didn’t we just go through this?” That answer would be, “Yes!” However, in creating the designs and putting up the pages, I overlooked one key characteristic – consistency.

If you move from the main homepage to Making Life Work for You, and then over to Beautiful Chaos, there is very little that ties these three sites together. Once completed, there will still be differences as the sections serve separate functions, but they will feel consistent.

I never mind a healthy bit of chaos, but consistency is an important trait. People around you are better able to trust, confide in, and refer you if they are fairly certain they can predict the type of service, support, or assistance that you will provide.

As with all things, this is a balancing act. Know me – know who I am and what I’ll do because I have consistently been that person. However, stay on your toes because there is no telling what exciting and wonderful things are going to happen next.

Turn Around Tuesday

I publish a weekly newsletter.  I have recently changed the delivery method.  While I think the new provider is much better, there is one draw back – my newsletters no longer convert to webpages. No problem – I’ll just post them here.  I welcome the blogosphere to Turn Around Tuesday.

“The strength of the United States is not the gold at Fort Knox or the weapons of mass destruction that we have, but the sum total of the education and the character of our people.” 
– Claiborne Pell, Senator, Rhode Island, 1961-1997

One of my biggest regrets in life is that I didn’t take my education more seriously. In fact, it didn’t become a factor at all until I became a mother myself – funny how that works.

Now, as my older children prepare to return to school (one more anxious than the other), I consider it a top priority to guide them towards an appreciation of learning. I hope to instill in them more than retention of facts, but the ability to construct those facts into ideas and new creations.

As one who has recently returned to college, I am excited about learning new things in a different way. However, in this adventure, I realize how much I have already learned through those around me.  The life of a learner doesn’t start and stop within the confines of a building or a semester schedule.  It is a continual cycle of being taught and then teaching others.

Imagine the possibilities when these two habits are adopted. Our abilities and understanding grow with exposure to new things learned. Then that growth multiples and gives back when we turn around and offer what we know to somebody else.