Word-Of-the-Week #854: Delight

December 17, 2020 by · Comments Off on Word-Of-the-Week #854: Delight 

Delight something that gives great pleasure or enjoyment.

When was the last time you felt delight? How often have you taken time to take care of your own needs this past year?

“If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping in a tent with a mosquito.” ~African Proverb

The is the follow up to last week’s “8 Simple Ways to Brighten Someone’s Day,” By Krista Butler.

To recap:

1. Leave inspirational notes in random places.

2. Thank someone.

3. Be curious about someone.

4. Send a handwritten note.

5. Do something for yourself.

“Now this may seem a bit backward. How does doing something for yourself impact someone else?

Well, when you take care of your own needs, and give yourself some much-needed self-love, you fill up your own cup. And when your own cup is overflowing, that overflow is the love that flows to others. It’s a beautiful thing.

So take that bath, go to that dance class, go for a walk, and feel the goodness.

6. Make a playlist for someone.

Back in the day, I used to love making mix-tapes. I’d wait by my ghetto blaster, blank tape in the tape deck, and be on high alert to press the record button when my favorite songs came on.

These days, making music mixes are way less labor-intensive! You can make a playlist on YouTube in minutes. Make a specific playlist for someone in your life and send it to them. What an awesome surprise to both give and receive!

7. Take it to social media.

Instead of spending time lurking on Facebook and Twitter, choose three people to give a shout-out to! The guy you used to sit next to in science class, your cousin you haven’t seen in three years, the random person you connected with when you were traveling—post on their wall (or send a private message). Let them know you’re thinking of them.

8. Surprise with a gift.

Whether you send flowers to one of your friends at her workplace or buy a coffee for the person behind you in line, splurging and surprising someone else is a lot of fun.

Do you go to a coffee shop with a loyalty card? I collect all my stamps, and then once I accumulate my free coffee, I ask the barista to give it to the next person in line. It’s a thrill for me, the barista, and the person behind me who doesn’t suspect a thing!

When you brighten someone’s day, you are simultaneously stirring up positive energy within yourself. And you’ll carry this energy with you throughout your day. It’s a great feeling.

So I challenge you to ask yourself, how can something I do today surprise and delight another individual?”

This week’s focus is on bringing delight! Have you stayed in touch with friends and family this past year? When was the last time you surprised someone with a gift? Have you ever given a gift to a complete stranger?

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Word-Of-the-Week #853: Brighten

December 10, 2020 by · Comments Off on Word-Of-the-Week #853: Brighten 

Brighten to make or become cheerful.

Do you know how easy it is to brighten someone’s day? When’s the last time you sent someone a handwritten note in the mail? When’s the last time someone sent you one? How did that make you feel?

“If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping in a tent with a mosquito.” ~African Proverb

The week’s inspiration comes from “8 Simple Ways to Brighten Someone’s Day,” By Krista Butler. I will share her are eight ideas in 2 WOW’s

“I have a love-hate relationship with airports.

On the one hand, it’s the perfect place to people-watch. I mean, how can you not tear up when you see a kid running to give a returning parent a giant hug? Or two lovers reuniting and smiling from ear to ear when they lay eyes on each other? You are witness to perfect snippets of pure, genuine emotional connection.

On the other hand, airports can be a drag. Long line-ups, having to chug my water bottle because I usually forget to empty it beforehand, taking my shoes off and stepping on my tiptoes to avoid my bare feet touching the cold airport floor.

But on my latest visit to the airport, my negative attitude vanished all because of one airport security employee.

As I was standing in line doing a mental inventory of all the liquids I would need to empty out of my purse, she was directing people through the line up in the best possible way. She was yelling positive messages like, “Life is good!” and “It’s a great day!”

What a rare and beautiful thing to do.

It put a smile on my face and truly impacted my flight and rest of the day. Her joie de vivre was contagious.

I never would have expected this from an airport security employee.

Which got me thinking, how can I brighten someone’s day within my normal realm of work?

1. Leave inspirational notes in random places.

Books in the library, on people’s car window, under your lover’s pillow, wherever.

How awesome would it walk into a public restroom and find a sticky-note on the mirror that says something like, “Make it a great day”? I predict it will also be just as awesome and exhilarating to be the one to leave the note.

2. Thank someone.

Who in your life has positively impacted you? A teacher, your mom, your brother, an old neighbor, a coach? Send them an email and share a memory and your gratitude for the positive influence they’ve had in your life.

3. Be curious about someone.

Make eye contact and smile. Acknowledge their existence and engage them in conversation. Learn something about them. A two-minute conversation can brighten the day for both of you.

4. Send a handwritten note.

Who doesn’t love getting mail? There’s a total thrill in seeing an envelope with your name on it. Surprise someone with a handwritten note just because. I can almost guarantee they will smile ear-to-ear when they receive it.

When you brighten someone’s day, you are simultaneously stirring up positive energy within yourself. And you’ll carry this energy with you throughout your day. It’s a great feeling.

So I challenge you to ask yourself, how can something I do today surprise and delight another individual?”

This week is all about brightening someone’s day! How often do you do random acts of kindness? How good are you at listening and finding out about someone? When was the last time someone brightened your day?

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Word-Of-the-Week #852: Wonderment

December 3, 2020 by · Comments Off on Word-Of-the-Week #852: Wonderment 

Wonderment the feeling aroused by something strange and surprising; curiosity.

Are you naturally inquisitive? Are you amazed by archeological sites like the Pyramids in Egypt and wonder how they were ever built? Do you find yourself filled with curiosity about the world as you get older?

“The meaning I picked, the one that changed my life: Overcome fear, behold wonder.”   ~ Richard Bach

This week’s WOW comes from long time subscriber and friend Joe. This was his reply to Venturesome. “Fear is the biggest obstacle for people in deciding whether to try something new or to boldly go where they have never been before. 

It is that fear of the unknown that always seems to hold us back. We don’t know who we will meet, we don’t know what will happen when we get there, we don’t know if we can do something we’ve never tried before. 

I know that whenever I go to a city I’ve never been, I like to leave the hotel and take a walk around the town, not really with any destination in mind. I will say hello to people I meet, go into a coffee shop, or even strike up a conversation as I wait in line for a sandwich. 

Quite often I will tell my daughters that every day is like a brand-new lifetime. You never know who you will meet, or what challenges or opportunities are ahead of them. 

For me, it is the curiosity. Finding out what makes people tick or what it is that is around that next corner is what provides the answer to my wondering. 

We can’t fear the embarrassment of not knowing something or how something works. Life is for learning, every single day. It is natural for us to feel sheepish in front of others that we don’t know something. That is human nature. 

I have always been naturally curious. I WANT TO KNOW. And if I can’t find out, I keep looking until I do find out. That is just me. 

All of my life I have always been puzzled by how so many are not curious. I don’t know if it is that they don’t want to know or just don’t care. 

Curiosity stimulates the mind, and that is what keeps me feeling adventuresome in all aspects of my life.” 

Like Joe, I am filled with curiosity and am so grateful for being able to travel and see so many wonders of our world. What I am really surprised about is how much I enjoy history and geography. I found school mostly boring! (Probably because they dictated what I should learn.)

This week’s focus is on wonderment. What subjects or hobbies are you curious about?  Do you like watching documentaries, the History or Discovery Channel? Do you have a desire to visit any of the Wonders of the World?

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Word-Of-the-Week #851: Blessings

November 26, 2020 by · Comments Off on Word-Of-the-Week #851: Blessings 

Blessingsthings promoting or contributing to happiness, well-being, or prosperity; a boon.

When was the last time you counted your blessings? Are you appreciative and grateful for all that you have even in these craziest of times?

This week I am sharing excerpts from Take a Moment to ‘Count Your Blessings.’

“There are certain times of the year when we stop and think about all the things that make us happy or bring us joy. Some people even make a list of these things and we have a saying for this: to count your blessings.

When we count our blessings, we note all the wonderful things in our lives. This helps us to appreciate how good life is.

And today is a time when many Americans count their blessings.

Counting your blessings is important. It shows that you are gratefulGratitude is a feeling of appreciation or thanks. When people count their blessings, they can say it like this: “I am thankful for my family. I am thankful for my friends. I am thankful for my health.”

It is better to be grateful for our blessings than to take them for granted. When we take something for granted, we do not appreciate it. Sometimes we are not appreciative of our good fortune and blessings until they are gone.”

And being thankful has its health benefits. Researchers at the University of California-Davis, Cornell and the University of Michigan found that people “who have a plethora of events for which they feel grateful bounce back more quickly from trauma, can undo the negative effects of stress and have lower blood pressure.”

A USA Today article said to, “Notice small things. Experts almost universally agree that some of the most significant blessings are also the most seemingly insignificant acts. Take note of a nice day, a spectacular sunset, a moonlit night.”

I personally am so grateful for all that I have in my life. I am thankful to have been able to travel and experience so many different cultures. And I am very thankful to live in the “best place on the planet” with an abundance of everything. (And great paved roads) I have wonderful friends and family and the LOVE OF MY LIFE, Chris. I just don’t think it can get any better than that!

This week focus on all your blessings. What are you grateful for in your personal and professional life? When was the last time you told your customers, guests, clients, members, friends and family how much you appreciate having them in your life? This week make it a point to “notice the small things” too. And have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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Word-Of-the-Week #850: Venturesome

November 19, 2020 by · Comments Off on Word-Of-the-Week #850: Venturesome 

Venturesomehaving a disposition to undertake ventures; adventurous. 

How often do you get out of your comfort zone? When was the last time you felt adventurous? Are you able to recognize opportunities and take them?

I found this post “Invoking the spirit of adventure” by Psychologies and am including excerpts.

Do you find yourself hesitating to take chances? Does fear prevent you from achieving your dreams? Writer Juliet Davey discovered how travelling has deepened her self-knowledge and awareness and here, she shares tips for living an adventurous life – and you don’t even have to leave the country. It’s all about pushing those boundaries…

What lies at the heart of the spirit of adventure? Is it curiosity, risk-taking, courage? Psychology has made the association between adventure-seeking behaviors and the release of dopamine providing us with feelings of enjoyment and positivity. Risk-taking leads us to new experiences, which help renew our vitality.

“Adventure is not outside man; it is within” ― George Eliot

The responsibilities of modern living do not always permit us to travel, but we can still cultivate our adventurous spirit. The opportunity for adventure is available to us daily. Here are four handy tips to access the essence of this spirit: 

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  • Do not let your fears rule you – the adventurous spirit is never certain of the outcome but is open to new experiences regardless. We all feel fear but the adventure-seeker takes action despite that fear. 
  • Embrace the unfamiliar – travel takes you to unknown places and requires you to live in the present. But you can expand your horizons every day no matter where you are. By embracing places and people that are different from our norm, we can heighten our awareness and learn something new. Doing something out of the ordinary can also increase confidence.
  • Follow your heart – adventure comes to those who seek it. I love the Anais Nin quote: “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” So if you have always wanted to take a cooking class, skydive or learn a new language, now is the time. Stand inside your truth. Follow your heart. 
  • Seize opportunities – recognize opportunities and take them. This is your chance. 

Even during a pandemic, we can still be venturesome. Are you letting your fears rule you? How open are you to new experiences? When was the last time you did something out of the ordinary?

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