The Hard, The Fun, and The Beautiful – Puffy Smile Edition

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Where we are free to talk about the hard, the fun, and the beautiful of our work week.

Connecting with like minded people has been the theme of this week. So many people tell me to connect with others who are different than me. I know that it’s good to have different people in my network, but having like minded people has been more important.

I was on a teleconference this past week for a membership site. I talked about the importance of building your core foundation in order to be able to feel happiness more easily. The energy was high and I enjoyed the heck out of talking to new people.

It’s these connections help me feel at home wherever I go. Some people just make me feel loved. I love helping out people who make me feel that way.

Let’s begin…

Hard

Preparing for a conference call. I wanted to be up on everything. I jotted down a whole bunch of speaking points earlier in the week. I had two pages of notes. I could feel the excitement running through my veins. I worked until midnight making sure I had everything just right. I went to bed and my mind kept going. Another talking point popped in my head and I got up out of bed to add it to my notes. It was cool to see how excited I was, but I still have to learn when to turn the work switch off when I need the rest.

Fun

Being a guest speaker on a SpeakEasy podcast. I was tripping over my own thoughts for the first few minutes, but after that I relaxed and had a good time. The thoughts were flowing fast and I wanted to give everyone my knowledge in only an hour. I have to learn to slow down so I don’t overwhelm the audience.

Beautiful

My son smiling at me first thing in the morning. My wife was holding him in her arms while we were sitting on the couch. I greeted him with a warm, “Good morning, how are you?” and he looked at me in all his “just woke up puffy face” beauty and smiled. My heart grew three sizes that morning. Just thinking about it makes me all emotional.

Oh yeah, Tess from the BoldLife made a comment on last week’s video that was so beautiful. She described a beautiful moment with her grandson: “He is learning to eat and one thing I loved watching was him chew bread. I know this sounds silly but then I realized this is “mindfulness” in action. I could see him examine the bread before picking it up. I could see him feel the texture on his tongue, he chewed and swallowed slowly. After thoroughly chewing he swallowed. He savored!”

She said, “You know if you didn't have this Friday thing I wouldn't even be realizing this.” This is why she was so glad for reflecting on her week.

That’s the beauty of reflection. When done in the right way it can really support our happiness.

What about you?

What has been hard, fun and beautiful in your life? I’ll see you in the comment section.

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Hugh Macleod of the Gaping Void wrote a really cool post called "the moment." He is talking from a business perspective, but it's also about life in general.

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