Friday Morning FYI – 6/24/2016

Welcome to your Friday Morning FYI – my chance to share observations/wisdom/rants in short, easily consumed form.

I’m late today because I was helping a friend/coworker record a video. She’s enrolling in a holistic coaching education program that’s offering free tuition to a subset of students, and to qualify you submit a video explaining why you should receive the scholarship. I helped her tighten her (personal) story down for time, and shot her (with her iPhone) speaking against a backdrop of NYC. It was a neat, fun, creative project, and I’m thankful she asked me to help. That leads us to this week’s FYI:

Asking for help can be difficult, especially when it comes to personal stories. Be open to others, listen earnestly, and offer enthusiastic help where you can. That person is trusting you enough to take a chance. Honor that and it will pay off for you both.

 

Thanks for reading,

{RDj}

Friday Morning FYI – 6/17/2016

Welcome to your Friday Morning FYI – my chance to share observations/wisdom/rants in short, easily consumed form.

Earlier this week, I was lucky enough to reconnect with a friend I hadn’t seen since last summer. Over some wonderful food and drinks, she asked: “What’s the best thing that’s happened to you this year?” What a fantastic thing to ask! That leads us to this week’s FYI:

Positivity is a choice. It’s not always an easy or an apparent choice, but it’s a choice. So is being honestly interested in someone else and what makes them happy. When someone makes that choice with you, appreciate it because it happens less than it should.

 

Thanks for reading,

{RDj}

Sexy

I was thinking about being in the woods and camp fires and the way people use sexy to mean attractive in some way, and this little run-on sentence crawled around in my ear until I wrote it down. I liked the rhythm in it, so decided an impromptu post was in order.

I think you’re sexy but not in an I want to have sex with you way, in a way that if I was sitting around a campfire with my friends and you came out of the woods and asked if we had any tea I’d say “Sure, little tree, join our circle,” and we’d all talk until we fell asleep under the stars and the next morning I’d wake up and you’d be gone and that would be OK.

 

Thanks for reading,

{RDj}

Friday Morning FYI – 4/1/2016

Welcome to your Friday Morning FYI  (yes, I know it’s Saturday evening) – my chance to share observations/wisdom/rants in short, easily consumed form.

Man, it’s been a tough few weeks for people I care about. As I posted last week, several friends recently lost their jobs. This week, I got some rough news about two other friends. Being the nigh-insufferable know-it-all I am, I sat down to right something profound here, but all words are failing. That’s this week’s FYI:

When life has gone all pear-shaped for loved ones, we seek words to comfort or encourage or sympathize, but these words may be meaningless. Not that we shouldn’t try to help, or remind our people they’re our people and we’re there for them, just that, ultimately, without proper perspective, our effort brings no healing. So, perhaps, just listen to those who need to talk, provide understanding distance to those seeking space, and be a friend to a friend in the same way you always would.

 

Thanks for reading,

{RDj}

Friday Morning FYI – 3/25/2016

Welcome to your Friday Morning FYI  (in under the wire edition) – my chance to share observations/wisdom/rants in short, easily consumed form.

A few friends recently lost their jobs. The one who knew it was coming had a choice. He could have kicked his feet up on his desk and thrown a middle finger at the company he felt betrayed him, or do what he did, which is go to work everyday and keep his responsibilitiesand team tight until the hammer fell. That brings us to this week’s FYI:

Life is really just a long series of choices. Some are generally unimportant, while others directly determine how you’re viewed by both your peers and yourself. Faced with adversity, make decisions you can most easily live with, and won’t keep you up at night worrying about the kind of person you are.

 

Thanks for reading,

{RDj}