REFLECTION: I don’t know about you, but some days it’s pretty easy for me to get distracted noodling around the web. A simple query takes me to web site A. An interesting link lures me to site B. Site B suggests a detour to site C. And so it goes.
It’s a bit like meandering through the streets and canals of Venice. You know you’re lost. You have no idea where you are. You’re not sure how you got there, or where you’re going. There’s always something enticing just around the corner, beckoning from a distance. But, still the journey itself is highly engaging.
And, so it was – meandering around the web one day – that I stumbled upon the Smile & Move site. Smile & Move is a ‘smovement’ created by a media group in Richmond, Virginia.
In brief, their goal is to encourage others to participate in the world in two important ways: by building connections and by making contributions.
Building high quality connections by becoming more attentive, engaged and interested in the people around you. Getting a move on in the service of others by finding ways to contribute without excuse or complaint.
ACTION: It’s an engaging message. Check it out for yourself at: http://www.smileandmove.com
Be forewarned, though. Exploring the site is definitely more of an amble than a sprint.
Watching the 3 minute ‘smovie’ is a good place to start for an overview of the ‘smovement’: http://www.smileandmove.com/smovie/.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
RESOURCE OF THE WEEK: If you are so moved, share the ‘smile & move’ message around your office through the mini-posters provided as a complimentary download at: http://www.smileandmove.com/resources/
READERS WRITE: In response to last week’s message, Tuning In & Tuning Out, Pause reader LC writes: “How we deal with interruptions may show where our heart really is. Somehow we want things to go smoothly without a bump in the road.
An interruption of sorts that became a huge irritation for me was around the coffee pot at work. The understanding is that when you take the last cup, you make a fresh pot. There always seemed to be some who would forget, or ignore, the rule. It rankled me and I thought that my time was just as valuable as that of others. What right had the other person to interrupt my finely tuned schedule? Why should I have to make coffee when he or she should have done it?
I don’t recall when it happened, but at some point, I changed my thinking and purposed to use coffee making time for a moment of gratitude. Now, when I make a pot at the office, whether I or another person took the last cup, I choose to let that time be a signal to be grateful. I am grateful for my job, for my health (which at one time seriously jeopardized my job), for interesting and fulfilling work, for family, for friends. Life is full of irritations. We can choose to be upset, to worry, or to take time for gratitude. “