The last few days have been more manic than usual in both my personal and professional life. Due to work commitments over the past week, I found myself having to travel around five hours a day to get to and from where I needed to be in order to get my job done. This is an exception for me and not a usual thing. Early mornings and late nights impacted my responsibilities as a mother more than anything. Whilst this week was unusual for me, I do also know it’s the daily life of many. The result is getting behind on everything, especially laundry, which is okay until your son goes “mom it’s Friday and I need a clean shirt”. Your children have been less than productive with homework and studying for tests, but then again their overall responsibility has taken a brief descent due to mom not being around. Routines are completely out the window because dad is abroad. However, the purpose of this post is not to whine about me and my family’s disruptive week with too little hours in the day for me personally, but to focus on the critical importance of teamwork. Advertisements
Respect is essential no matter who you are, where you are, what you have or who you may be connected to.
Patience is a word so easily used but so often it’s not practiced. I would like to think I am a very patient person, but I can think of so many examples that demonstrates otherwise. I believe it natural to be impatient at times. We are emotional beings and when we feel frustrated, we can be impatient. But it is not helpful when impatience becomes something of a permanent feature.
I believe that some of our life events and experiences shape who we are. And that it is as a result of these events and experiences that we decide who we want to be and how we want to be seen. These events and experiences also contribute to our ability to choose or not to choose how we approach or respond to what happens, and the impact we allow what happens to have on our lives.
A few days ago I came across an article about a workaholic dad who had lost his 8 year old son. I am always deeply affected by sadness experienced in other’s lives and especially when it includes children. Many of us working parents are stretched for time. We need to keep our busy households going and meet all our work commitments and goals. And as much as we talk about balance, the one thing that often seems most neglected is the quality of our time with our loved ones and how present we are in our interactions with them.
In the last two years I have been really intrigued by minimalism and its various forms. I tried a little bit of minimalism of my own in our home and my wardrobe from time to time. The feelings it engendered were freeing and calm – things looked so less cluttered. To an extent, I believe my little bit of minimalism led to me being even more in touch with my wants and needs. However, true or full minimalists may probably not call my little bit of minimalism, minimalism at all. But then, what I call extreme minimalism entered the life of me and my family.
How in touch are you with your conscience? The Cambridge Dictionary defines CONSCIENCE as “the part of you that judges how moral your own actions are and makes you feel guilty about bad things that you have done or things you feel responsible for.” Essentially, it is our moral sense of what is right and wrong. It is our ethical and moral principles that normally dictate our thoughts and actions.
Faith is a term that means different things to different people. Faith is probably most commonly thought of from a religious perspective – believing and trusting in a particular system of religious belief. Then there is keeping the faith (having trust in the fact) -or in the dark times trying to- that things will work out. Whether this is related to a break-up, terminal illness, death, losing your job, finding a new job, your rent or mortgage or for some, simply where your next meal will come from. It is keeping the faith in the darkest of times that I want to focus on.
To be authentic is to be genuine, original and real. I have had many interactions where people feel authenticity to self is not an option, given the pressure to be a certain way in our ever-changing world. I, however, believe it more critical than ever before to be your authentic self because of the world we live in. We should adapt to our experiences, situations, and circumstances. The key is to know and decide for ourselves who we are and what we want to be. Demonstrating authentic behaviour is not just speaking about values but acting our values.
“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.” – H.P. Lovecraft