Kelly Corrigan’s brutally honest book about twelve hard things to say includes great apology instructions.
Saying, “I was wrong” makes an “I’m sorry” so much more potent. “I’m sorry” gets thrown around so often that it tends to trigger cynicism.
“I was wrong” (combined with the specific error) brings relief to those who desperately need to know we get it.
It’s not easy to say. But, it is easier when we remember being wrong isn’t the same as being bad. We are learning. We are erring. We are sometimes blinded by our selfishness or our ego. We are human.
Let’s make June 2018 our best June ever…beginning with the apologies people long to hear.
At times, we have all been unstable.
Circumstances have taken us off guard and driven us into deep anxiety or depression. But, when it happens, we don’t have to stay there.
If we choose to stay, those around us will be dragged into our complaints, negativity, fear, and neurosis. Or, we can rise above our circumstances by tapping into age-old wisdom for finding or regaining emotional strength:
First rule: quit taking ourselves so seriously
Happiness is always illusive when we are focused on ourselves
Own our mistakes and make things right
Forgive as we would like to be forgiven
Fully utilize the power of gratitude to keep perspective
Strength rises and falls according to our thoughts
Cease comparing ourselves, worrying about others, and, merely give our gifts with no strings attached
Life is too short to be small. -Benjamin Disraeli
Messed up day? Messed up life? Messed up anything?
When I quit arguing about this and took complete responsibility for turning off the complaints and turning on the acceptance, change began.
Without this first step, all others are more difficult.
“If the individual receives no satisfaction from his work for its own sake, he dies internally, a condition which no financial reward can justly compensate.” – Timothy Gallwey
This quote describes the inner struggle I experienced while working to support my family in the wrong job.
Sometimes, for a season, many of us are constrained to do so. In those cases, rather than die inside…
Don’t give up hope. When things were the darkest for me, it was because I believed having a job that fully engaged my talents was out of reach. (It wasn’t.)
Be completely present. For the sake of those we serve. “The anecdote for exhaustion is wholeheartedness.” – David Whyte
Challenge yourself. Character goals. Physical goals. Relationship goals. Efficiency goals. Success is sweet…no matter how small.
This March…march into your best life.
When we decide to worry, we are not only surrendering our power, we are also…
- ignoring wisdom from those who have lived before us
- disregarding well-documented facts concerning the insanity of worry
- dishonoring our health
We enter into the realm of the elite simply by saving ourselves the trouble that worry creates.
Craving significance is a huge part of our human condition.
When we understand how our work matters, everything changes. We have a reason to get out of bed in the morning. We have a reason to overcome obstacles. We have a reason to keep going when pain is unbearable.
One of the greatest gifts we can give each other is to acknowledge the difference we make. Great managers do this. Good people do this.
“If it breathes, it needs encouragement.” -Charlie Chaplain
“If you have time to whine and complain about something, then you have the time to do something about it.”
That might sound trite…until we calculate the astonishing amount of time that we have wasted whining and complaining.
With just a little of that wasted time, I have found that I can…
- Ask the Universe for wisdom and help
- Offer what I do have without complaining about what I don’t
- Seek out mentors and inspiration to counteract my feeling of helplessness
- Decide to do what I don’t want to do
- Take a baby-step toward something meaningful
Probably worth the discipline it takes to watch what I say…
I always wanted to be able to sing like Adele or Aretha Franklin. Since I couldn’t, I decided to bring that passion to whatever tasks life handed me. However small, boring, or seemingly insignificant those tasks were, I would “sing my life” like I meant it.
Living like this has changed my life, made difficult times go by faster, brought me lots of friends, work, and loyalty, and helped me deliver energy and hope where they were sadly lacking (like at boring jobs, committee meetings, or the DMV).
“The antidote to exhaustion is not rest but, rather, wholeheartedness.” – David Whyte