Art, Music, Dance, Poetry

253-September 10 “The poet speaks to all men of that other life that they have smothered and forgotten.”—Dame Edith Sitwell When financial cutbacks hit the school system, the arts are usually the first things to go. But they should be the last. We need art, music, poetry, dance. We need it in our lives every day, not only on special occasions when we dress up and go to the theater to watch spectacular artists performing spectacularly. Where poetry meets the mind and dance frees the body, we escape the bonds of earth and circumstance, and live beyond our time and space. The arts reach us on a soul-ular level, lifting us up from the humdrum of everyday chores to vivid realms of imagination and possibility. Creativity sparks, imagination … [Read more...]

How to Schedule Time Off

252-September 9 “Most people are so busy knocking themselves out trying to do everything they think they should do, they never get around to do what they want to do.”—Kathleen Winsor People often ask me how I schedule time off. Their lives are so crowded with work, family, hobbies, outings, appointments, obligations, etc. that they look at the calendars and just can’t see how they can get everything done and still have “Do Nothing Days” or regular time off. It’s really a very simple process. You open your calendar, pick a day, draw a line through it, and that’s your day you’ve booked with your most important client—yourself! People who are over-committed often gasp and laugh nervously when I tell them this. They are overwhelmed … [Read more...]

The Sprinter and the Long Distance Runner

251-September 8 “Time is a great teacher. Unfortunately, it kills all pupils.”—Hector Berlioz The sprinter runs at top speed, with an all-out burst of energy, heart pounding and legs pumping to beat the wind to the finish line. Exhausted, lungs bursting at the end, the racer collapses and rests. He will sprint again. Later. The long distance runner cannot sprint—the course is too long. He must learn a different set of skills; he must know how to pace himself, to select those moments in which to push harder and faster, when to ease into the regular run for maintenance. Life is not a sprint. It is a long distance race. Too many people are pushing themselves at top sprinting speed every day, every week, year after year. They … [Read more...]

Teamwork

250-September 7 “Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.”—Chief Seattle I stood in the aircraft hanger with my family, looking at the half-built shell of the space shuttle. It was “Family Day” at Edwards Air Force Base in Palmdale for employees of Rockwell International. On this day, we were allowed to climb around, over, up, under, and through the shuttle and its amazing technological support systems. We saw the intricacies of the spacecraft; we gazed in amazement at roomfuls of computer networks, electronic hardware, work stations, and raw materials. Children and adults covered the hangar like ants on … [Read more...]

Swimming in Corporations

249-September 6 “I will smile at friend and foe alike and make every effort to find, in him or her, a quality to praise, now that I realize the deepest yearning of human nature is the craving to be appreciated.”—Og Mandino There is a dynamic between business owners and employees that is disempowering to both: resentment. Employees often feel that they are unfairly exploited, that they aren’t paid enough, that they don’t enjoy enough privileges, perks, benefits, freedom, etc. They feel trapped by the bargain they have made to exchange dollars for time, then resent the time and feel the dollars aren’t enough. They criticize the way the business operates, the rules and regulations formulated to govern them, and turn a resentful eye on … [Read more...]