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Successful Sunday, December 10th, 2023

Are we on the same team?

A chalkboard depicting diverse December Holidays

Hello Subscribers, my weekly writings will help you prepare for the week and set yourself up for success. I glean insights from various intuitive tools. My youngest wanted to write this week's post but decided against it after I walked him through it. I will share some of his insights for the younger people in your lives.

How did your networking go last week? It is not my story to tell, but I witnessed a network's power last week. This week, let us expand our network globally. "The world is your oyster." Upon reflection, this is a very extractive point of view. What if we took a more nurturing attitude toward our world and each other? How can we pour into ourselves and our fellow human beings? Managers often try to extract the most productivity out of their people. Similar activities happen in schools, our personal lives, and currently with natural resources. Often with devasting effects such as burnout, mental crisis, war, and genocide. What would a workplace, classroom, or planet look like if we decided to create a safe and nourishing environment? December, for example, is a holiday season. What holidays are celebrated? How is that reflected in your communication? Are you only centering on one of the many holidays while trying to pretend to be inclusive?

"If you want to go far, go together." Everyone has gifts and talents, but we do not create in a vacuum. This blog used to be my musings, and it still is, but I am also trying to make something relatable to help other people. It's a fine line between staying true to myself versus pandering to an audience. People from different backgrounds have different strengths and weaknesses in workplaces, schools, and communities. A good leader or teacher can weave together an environment that creates a win-win for their communities. I am listening to an interesting video where one of the principles is that [Somebody] must pay Spirit. Payment is not always cash but is sometimes an energy exchange. What can you do this week to increase collaboration?

I am a shy person. People do not believe it since I am very outgoing and outspoken. However, I pushed myself out of my comfort zone and developed my communication skills. Self-love is a critical component in building healthy relationships and connections. The schoolyard bully and workplace bully have the same thing in common: they do not love themselves and take it out on others. If your leadership involves demeaning and demotivating others, you should reflect on why. If your relationships continue to exhaust you, you should reflect on how you exchange energy with other people. What are your long-term goals? How do your goals impact your community? I want to be successful, but not through exploitation or burnout. What kind of community are you building with your actions?

Everyone goes through the honeymoon phase in relationships, jobs, and new interests. Like MTV's The Real World tagline, "What happens when people start getting real?" The exciting viewpoints of your colleague lose their zip after hearing them for the zillionth time. Or you may have to live or work with people who do not align with your beliefs. My close friend made some friends but realized they were not on the same page. They figured out how to exit the relationship personally while maintaining a working relationship in the classroom. It can also be leaders creating an environment where the rules are applied equally to everyone, even the people you do not like. How do you balance your dreams when they clash with reality? Where can you build common ground this week?

What do you need to shift to create the best community outcomes? What immediately comes to mind is the quote about not setting yourself on fire to keep others warm. Everyone does not play fair, and some people are not interested in building their community. Like Kenny Rogers sang in The Gambler, "know when to walk away, know when to run." Sometimes, after the honeymoon is over, people separate or divorce. Collaboration is a team effort; only when people realize they are on the same team can they successfully work together. This coming week, I will pay attention to how I invest my time and energy and the returns. "Because the world owes me nothing / And we owe each other the world." Ani DiFranco, "Joyful Girl." Namaste