If you are a Mouse, be MIGHTY!
I believe that each person has infinite capacity.
While speaking with a colleague recently, we discussed some experiences we’d had with companies delivering rather poorly on customer expectations. We mentioned pretty standard activities that companies were simply failing to complete properly, one way or another.
Occurrences like those tend to irritate me quite a lot. I’ve always been highly passionate about customer service, and I believe many businesses simply aren’t focusing in the best place or simply don’t give a damn because they already have your money. Before this turns into a post about customer service, let me finish that thought with this idea: Dear Business, imagine your customer spends their money elsewhere. Imagine it. Now feel it. It’s happening, to you… because of you!
So, our conversation became a little negative and we shared some thoughts around whether people are competent and whether all people are capable of growing into a challenging work position given the opportunity.
It crossed my mind that I don’t tend to give humans enough credit, and it’s been viciously milling around in my mind ever since.
(Don’t wait for someone else). Give yourself a pat on the back.
There’s a healthy lifestyle support community that I’m part of: Sleekgeek South Africa. The bulk of activity occurs in the Facebook group, with hundreds of discussions going on daily.
The topics range; how to get avocados to ripen quicker; the uses of coconut oil; how to cook healthy meals; how to treat callouses (hint – just be proud of those!) or blisters; or where to get good advice about training shoes or physiotherapy. Those are just a few examples of the things that pop up in this thriving community. I do a fair bit of observation and I’ve noticed a worrisome common thread coming to light: the ugly face of misdirected competition.
It’s an exceptionally easy error to make; being surrounded by humans, it requires a substantial amount of self-psycho-analysis to navigate around this nasty habit successfully.
You look at someone else at the gym who is lifting more than you or doing more complex work than you.
At a park, you look at someone who is running faster or further than you.
In a restaurant, you look at someone eating something that you see as unhealthy, yet this person is in such good shape.
Do not give up on your health
I often hear people say that they don’t have the time to exercise or prepare healthy meals.
It also echoes in my mind, words that the old me surely repeated often.
I must stress my view of time:
We don’t HAVE time.
Time has us… It’s not like there is a way for a human being to decide to have more hours in a day or to have more days in a week (or more preferably, a weekend! ).
The only decision we can make relating to time is how we use it.
It all comes down to priorities, and it can be a long and painful lesson:
YOU, and only you, decide how your time gets used.
For instance, many of us spend a fair amount of time watching TV most days.
Think about the amount of time you spend looking at your computer, phone, and other devices daily. Do we really want to add to that?
Charity begins at home, in your body!
There is that old adage, “Charity begins at home.” and I think that it can have multiple meanings.
Your body is your home. Have you ever thought, seriously, about the fact that if your body gives up on you, that’s it..?
The sad case of the modern human is that the majority of illnesses are avoidable. We have become victims of our own endless desire for convenience, and with convenience there are often strange ingredients being added to foods that our bodies aren’t capable of processing.
Have you stopped to wonder where low-fat or skim milk come from? There are no low-fat or skim cows! 🙄
These and related products have been altered by a process to end up in that state. And this makes me rather paranoid. Personally, I’d rather be paranoid than dead.
The sunrise melts my bones
The sunrise melts my bones;
creates in my heart inspired tones
of the deepest love one can’t deny
for the African sun in the African sky.
This beyond-beautiful sighting
is due to more than merely glorious lighting
in the air… it’s this deep-rooted feeling of Life:
this place is so alive… the feeling is rife
among the happily-trotting antelope,
the busy badgers that stumble and grope,
looking for rivers of honey
wonderfully sweet, golden and runny.
The fish-eagles soar and scope the waters, sapphire;
and dream of endless flights of freedom for all time; entire.
A haze builds up in front of my eyes,
clouding all the bits of universal data I ache to analyze.
Experiencing a restlessness of an intensity unusual;
growing, changing, almost exponential.
Judge from afar
I hear booming voices analyse;
their biting comments criticise
obvious, terrible wrongs,
and many oppressive goings-on;
but none of them find strength to pray
for their enemies, for these oppressors.
They can only find hateful things to say
of these tyrants, their moral lessers.