Soul Food for Aug 31st 2012

Energy Crisis and Mobilizing a Personal Energy Movement:

While on vacation earlier this month, with the gift of time to reflect on what is most important in life, I saw an article on Happiness

http://www.usatoday.com/NEWS/usaedition/2012-08-02-Gross-national-happiness_CV_U.htm

This reminded me of the Happy Planet Index and Gross National Happiness Index that I first heard about in 2009, and a slide deck I created then using a similar framework but for Personal Energy and Personal Happiness/Wellbeing

As above, so below…

It is not just our planet facing an energy crisis at the macro level. At a micro level each of us is challenged by the individual energy crisis that daily living demands.

Check out the deck and share your thoughts in the comments section of the blog…

Click here!

Don’t Underestimate the Power of Self-Talk

In the last month I have been privileged to speak with the entire Leadership team of several San Diego School Districts on the topics of Engagement and Leadership.

This HBR article about the right way to speak to yourself is provocative. It is not simply nice to treat ourselves nicely, it is strategic!

When we feel loved, appreciated and cared for, we try harder, take more risks, work more collaboratively, and perform better.

So what kind of classroom is going on in your head?

http://blogs.hbr.org/bregman/2012/08/teach-yourself-to-have-a-healthy.html

Thanks Linda

Enjoy The Book of Life designed with just a few pages to transform your attitude and remind us to experience this moment!

Click this.

Thanks Mohit

Some Words of Wisdom…
A friend of mine opened his wife’s underwear drawer and picked up a silk  paper wrapped package.
‘This, – he said – isn’t any ordinary package.’
He unwrapped the box and stared at both the silk paper and the box.
‘She got this the first time we went to New York , 8 or 9 years ago. She
has never put it on, and was saving it for a special occasion.
Well, I guess this is it.

He got near the bed and placed the gift box next to the other clothing he  was taking to the funeral house, his wife had just died.
He turned to me and said: ‘Never save something for a special occasion. Every day in your life is a special occasion’.
I still think those words changed my life.
Now I read more and clean less.
I sit on the porch without worrying about anything.
I spend more time with my family, and less at work.
I understood that life should be a source of experience to be lived up to, not survived through.

I no longer keep anything.
I use crystal glasses every day…
I’ll wear new clothes to go to the supermarket, if I feel like it..
I don’t save my special  perfume for special occasions, I use it whenever I want to.

The words ‘Someday….’ and ‘ One Day…’ are fading away from my
dictionary.

If it’s worth seeing, listening or doing, I want to see, listen or do
it now….

I don’t know what my friend’s wife would have done if she knew she
wouldn’t be there the next morning, this nobody can tell…
I think she might have called her relatives and closest friends.
She might call old friends to make peace over past quarrels.
I’d like to think she  would go out for Chinese, her favorite
food.

It’s these small things that I would regret not doing, if I knew my time had come..

Each day, each hour, each minute, is special.

Live for today, for tomorrow is promised to no-one..

Thanks Larry

Stay Soul-filled and pay it forward!

Love,

Neville

“We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting
something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.”

— Frederick Koenig

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