I am in Frankfurt Germany working. Yesterday the driver of the car that picked me up to take me to the office greeted me with - “step into my living room.”
Later as I was working with the client, a hospitality company, I noticed a goal written on the wall - “Treat them as a guest in their own home”. I flashed back to what the driver had said to me and realized he treated me like he was inviting me into his home.
I always appreciate when I am traveling how gracious people are in general as long as I also am gracious. Then I observe how often in an office setting we forget to treat ourselves the way we welcome others.
We generously offer tea, we want to make people comfortable, and we extend ourselves.
And then we get our own coffee/tea and barely drink it as we get involved in our day, we sit at the computer for hours and forget to stretch or breathe, we forget to pee, and often we start our day often in a rush forgetting to take time to first to settle in.
I am giggling to myself thinking when I get home I am going to open the door to my office and say something like - Welcome to your living/working room and how can I serve you today. I love the idea of treating myself as the guest.
What has your attention
April 13th, 2010
In my experience what most pulls on the attention is not knowing what we are not doing. In other words, we have agreed to things but have not tracked them or we have tracked them well but have not done a weekly review to keep them conscious. Once we know everything we are committed to and can see it in writing, we can relax and make a choice about what needs to be done next. Continually look for what has your attention and address it by either writing it down, doing the action or dismissing it as complete in that moment.
April 05th, 2010
I am up in the mountains. We hiked to what we thought was the viewing point to the lake below and sadly it was not. On the way down I turned my head to the right, looked up and saw the opening we were looking for. We hiked up. The picture was breathtaking; clouds. the sound of big wind in the very tall pine trees, the sun shining through. I was grateful to be reminded to keep moving, with my eyes wide open. looking at all the viewing options so I can see for what my heart searches.
What is pulling on your attention
March 30th, 2010
Watch what pulls on your attention. Maybe you walk by something that needs a simple quick action to finish it and you keep passing it by. Next time stop and do it. These tiny incompletes are subtle yet powerful drains on our precious life energy.
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