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Ask for Help

Thursday April 27, 2017 #883

“Don’t be ashamed to need help. Like a soldier storming a wall, you have a mission to accomplish. And if you’ve been wounded and you need a comrade to pull you up? So what?”

~Marcus Aurelius


There really is nothing worth accomplishing that you will ever do fully on your own.  Even the most minor achievements have others to thank for their contributions.  Yes, you have to use what you are given but you didn’t emerge from the womb with the talents and tools you have today.  From your parents, teachers and coaches in your formative years, to your colleagues, experiences, bosses and subordinates, all of these have contributed to who you are today.

So when you find yourself struggling in the moment or in larger ways, why would you not ask for help?  Reflect for a moment on where you are struggling today, or what you are worried about dealing with in the days ahead.  Who do you know who has a skill or a tool that you could use to get you through the identified challenge?  Pick up the phone, call them, let them know what you are dealing with and respectfully ask for their assistance.

Most people love to be called upon to help others.  Don’t you?  So you can be fairly confident that the person you call will not only be willing to help you, they will be grateful for the opportunity.  What are you waiting for?  Call.


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The Color of Your Soul

Thursday April 6, 2017 #877

“Your mind will be like its habitual thoughts; for the soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts.  Soak it then in such trains of thoughts as, for example: Where life is possible at all, a right life is possible.”

~Marcus Aurelius


We are all ridiculously busy these days.  But, in those moments between your busy activities, what do you think about?  How do you spend that precious time with yourself or your loved ones?  Too often, that time is spent in negative thoughts, with negative people, or in activities that are negative or unhealthy. This can be unintentional, just a reality of the inputs around us.  Or sadly, we can often choose these experiences ourselves.  To avoid this, we must be intentional and be ready to reach for a positive experience with a person or with ourselves.

How are you spending your few opportunities to refresh and rejuvenate yourself positively?  With intention I hope.  If not, make it your priority to find ways to fill today’s opportunities wisely and positively.  You’ll be glad you did.

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