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From my family to yours, Merry Christmas. May you have a restful and contemplative celebration of Christmas and a fulfilling 2023. More vitality and wisdom in the new year!
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So many things to do so little time? No, you have some time, you just have to make a decision to remove some cumbersome, irrelevant, and less-valuable things you're doing to have the mental space and energy for more strategic issues.
1. Be training-wise
Yes, remove training programs for some skills that you will never use immediately is a waste of time. One participant from my previous training programs that I taught told me that she thought it will add value to her life right now, turned out it was just a checklist she had to tick. Oops!
2. Be-Board savvy
Remove yourselves from Boards and Committees that are turtle speed in decision-making and execution and does not improve your despite your inputs.
Who needs Board work that is using your time, talent, energy, and expertise ineffectively? You should be getting some benefits in return of your generous service.
3. Be Zoomaster of your time
Drop attending to Zoom events that no longer serve you or quit registering and not showing up.
I'm guilty of that. Do not even bother to register and receive the recording if you can't even do it.
4. Volunteer with joy
Do not be pressured to volunteer just because they need warm bodies to move a furniture or get a social media campaign going. Do you really love to do those thing, do you have skill set? Can you maintain that consistency and reliability that they need? If not, focus on your wheelhouse instead so your volunteer work is filled with joy and excitement and less work.
5. Ignorance is bliss
I am more happy without having to know the daily news and minute updates from my phone. If I want a topic or a news article, I take time to read it. Turn off the daily news habit. You will know what you want to know, now what they want to feed you with, mostly crap.
Now, that's off your list. It's time to envision your strategic goals for 2023.
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IMHO- Netflix should be boycotted for enabling two spoiled brats and narcissists hogged the mediapshere with their lies, half-truths, and unproven claims and allegations. Total victimhood without consequences whatsoever for their actions is horrible to watch.
IMHO-The flipflop on the vaccine gets really interesting. I know a fellow who had 5 shots of the vaccine and given that it is now 'presumably limited in its utility to combat newer variants', the call for stricter rules is logically indefensible.
IMHO-The climate energy policies of many governments are cited as one of the reasons for this skyrocketing inflation that in the UK, it boils down to "heat the house or eat." It's called killing the present generation for the future state that is green and carbon-zero. Who wants to live in that utopian fantasy?
IMHO-Digital revolution seems like the code name for 'laying off human workers.' There is no such thing as quiet quitting, this malign quiet action have employees being forced out of the workplace through automation and digitalization. Check this out in your own organization.
IMHO-When scandal hits a major organization or a corporation, what happens is a series of lockdowns on information, cover-ups, and deafening silence. The sense of culpability is almost nil. Unless the investigators are outsiders and have no conflict of interest in the case, these investigations are at best, an act to say 'we are doing something about it' or a delaying tactic to get themselves or their colleagues out of the mess.
IMHO-Where is Karma when you need it? Some of those guilty of heinous crimes of corruption, malfeasance, and other ethical abuse of power while working on public organizations are still on their jobs with a minor 'slap in the hand' reprimands. Who are we kidding here?
IMHO- Racism and Anti-semitism are on the rise. But tell me, if everything about you is a race equation, you better look yourself up in the mirror? Life is not all about you, your race, and your skin color. There are things that are more important: character, spirituality, connectedness, service, and excellence.
IMHO-In this upcoming festive season, consumers are belt-tightening. Spend more time with loved ones rather than spend your dollars on temporal things that will break, disconnect, and be obsolete in two years!
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\While majority of the people will whine and complain about the daily woes and struggles they face, some people know how to rationalize their experience for positivity. The famous TEDX talk on happiness by Prof. Dan Gilbert emphasizes that no matter how difficult a person's situation is, it is how they rationalize that creates their own sense of happiness and contentment. If a bankrupt person who lost his family, his finances, his business over a bad deal, noted that it could have been his health that suffered, was grateful for the experience and took the opportunity to spend more time with his family and take on businesses that respect that. Or the recent politician who upon losing in the elections noted that it was time for him to 'spend more time with family, focus on his hobbies, and enjoy the little pleasures of semi-retirement.' That's synthesizing happiness.
The truth of the matter is that happiness is what we make out of any situation. Of course, there are other incidents where we would prefer something better than known tragedies. But even that you might be saying to yourself, 'it could have been worse, compared to something way nastier.' Given that comparative perspective, your brain will simply identify to the lesser evil that you have and feeling like your one lucky person to evade that scenario.
With the freedom to choose, according to Prof. Gilbert is one of the most difficult dilemmas facing humans. He said that, 'if our choices are bounded, we are more conscientious, thoughtful, and calibrated in our actions. I definitely agree.
For some of you, this skill is not well exercised, but for others, it comes naturally, as a sort of way of saying, 'I have decided to be grateful even I had difficulties or am currently having difficulties. It's what you get away with and get from these that could help you move forward more resiliently. It's a choice after all.