Rudeness

There is an outbreak of rudeness.

But for every rude person, there is a kind one so nearby you may not realize it.

And, if there isn’t, there’s always you.

My wife was dropping a package off at the UPS office recently when the gal in front of her stepped up to collect a package.  When the clerk asked her for some kind of identification, the customer started with a barrage of cursing and insults that we can’t print here because she would have to go to her car to get her ID.

It is what the clerk said that was the perfect reaction.

As the customer stormed out of the store, the clerk said to the other waiting customers in shock “you never know what kind of a day she had”.  There were no counter-insults or negative responses.

Every time a person or situation hands us an act of rudeness, we have a chance to counter it with compassion and positivity.

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Instant Inspiration

You can change your life by embracing positivity.

You gain control by giving up control

It’s not “I” or “me”, it’s us

You are not your phone

“I will” replaces “I can’t” and “I won’t”

99% of our fears and worries never come true

Different is great

No plan?  No chance

Bad breaks are eventually followed by good fortune

Learn from the past, plan in the future, live in the present

Be the fine person you are

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How to Rebound from Adversity

Good fortune happens in waves.

Even Taylor Swift can’t make hit records forever but she can have a lot of success ahead in entertainment.

Howard Stern was fired numerous times before he got the break of a lifetime at satellite radio.

Even Richard Nixon, disgraced from Watergate, spent the final years of his life as an elder statesman who wrote numerous books on foreign policy.

No one gets all the good breaks.

Or all the bad breaks.

The secret to rebounding from adversity in our lives is to wait it out no matter how long it takes – and it always feels longer than it is – until you catch the next wave of good fortune with your name on it.

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The “New” Dress for Success

People in jeans and a t-shirt can be as productive as those in suits.

It’s fascinating how we make a positive decision every day when we wake up whether it’s work dress down day or just jeans as usual.

We take the time to choose our clothes.

But we don’t take the time to choose our goals for the day.

Think about it, did you articulate your one or two goals for this day in clear, precise terms?

What a smart time to focus on accomplishments when you’re making a decision about what to wear also articulate what to do to make your day a success.

This habit is more important than the decision on clothes.

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Quiet Time

My son’s school had this advice for parents before their children entered grade one.

Enforce an hour of quiet time every school night.

Music, phones, videos are off limits.

They may do anything else as long as they are alone with their thoughts, dreams and desires.  Later, homework became easier to transition to because they adopted quiet time for themselves first.

We all need a useful time out in our busy lives.

A neighbor of mine was having marital troubles and on the second counseling appointment the couple was told to give each other an hour at the end of the day when they see each other again.

Time to disengage from the day’s pressures – personal time.

No phones, no iPads, no cheating.

They never divorced.

We complain a lot about our connected and frenetic world, but all it takes is an hour of quiet time to become the human we want to be – again.

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