Our lovely city Montreal received an impressive pack of snow during the last 24 hours and the snow flakes are still continuing to ‘twirl and swirl’ their way down to us.
What do you see when you walk or drive to work, to home, to the airport or on your way to your coffee moment with a friend today? Do you see piles of annoyances or do you see beautiful piles of winter jewels?
Yesterday, I had the pleasure to catch up with a former Cirque du Soleil colleague of mine. It had been a while, that we had spoken with each other. Amongst others, we briefly talked about that there are always two sides to everything.
The good and the bad, the positive and the negative, what has been said or not said, the beauty and the beast…to say it in Disney terms. It is how we choose to look upon things in life, if we want to see either sides or only one. Do we only want to see an annoying pile of snow and slush that makes us feel grumpy? Or do we want to mix it up a bit and also, or perhaps only, see it as an amazing phenomenon and performance by nature, mother earth showering us with her white jewels, making us feel good?
Personally, I have decided to go for the last option, which makes me feel good! Today, when I am finding my path through the snowy hurdles and piles on our streets, I will try to smile and imagine myself walking through a field of glimmering and stunning treasures. When I let the flurries land on my winter gloves or when a snow flake finds its way and lands on a strand of my long hair, I will take the time and have a closer look at it. Admiring it for what it really is, a stunning piece of jewelry designed, created and made by the most amazing global artist there is, Mother Earth!
Without this snow, many other things in nature and in our human lives would be in serious trouble. To explain that, I will leave up to the experts. I simply see this huge snow pile as nature’s way of keeping this planet in balance. And perhaps…reminding us to keep ourselves more in balance as well?!
Photo source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIzfEryagFo
Blog post by Gera Landmeter
Do you know exactly where you are now?
You are in a city, along with a lot of other people, and it is highly likely that, at this very moment, various people are sheltering in their hearts the same hopes and anxieties that you are sheltering in yours.
Let us go further: you are a microscopic speck on the surface of a ball. This ball spins around another ball, which, in turn, is located in one tiny corner of a galaxy along with millions of other similar balls.
This galaxy forms part of something called the Universe, full of vast star clusters. No one knows exactly where this Universe begins and ends.
This does not mean that you are not of vital importance; you struggle, you strive, you try to improve, you have dreams, you are made happy or sad by love.
You are UNIQUE
If you were not alive, something would be missing.
An interesting question to ask, isn’t it?
Even more, when you have to ask it 3 times in 3 different ways to at least 3 different friends!
In the second half of 2016, after 7.5 years of intensively running my entertainment business, I felt that a certain key aspect in my business was missing, it felt like it became boring, less exciting, less meaningful. Being a passionate, optimistic and creative entrepreneur, it was a very strange and uncomfortable feeling for me, which I never experienced before. I momentarily missed my usual energy, drive and passion for my business and I started to wonder and ask myself: “Ok, is this it? What’s next? Is there a next? Is this all? Did someone switch off my energy button?”
Searching for inspiration, I ‘ran into’ a podcast by Linda Tucker interviewing Simon Sinek, in which he presents an exercise on finding your personal and business WHY. How? This by asking three people in your circle of trustees: “Why are you friends with me?” “What makes it that I know that no matter what, I can always count on you, even if I call you in the middle of the night?”
Finding it a funny method and always eager for some new experiences, I decided to immediately try it out. Slightly awkward, I asked 3 of friends the questions as Simon suggests in his podcast. To my utter surprise, my three friends came back with exactly the same responses! Looking back, I don’t know why I was so surprised about that, because in the end it is so core to who I am, so obvious!
What exactly is my WHY? The WHY I discovered for my personal and business life? I will share that with you during the coming weeks!
In the meantime, if you are excited to find out your ‘Why’, then you can listen to the podcast below.