I have been a big fan of Pink Floyd for years. I can not always listen to Pink Floyd, but sometimes its perfect for the situation. I just had a live version of Time by David Gilmour come across one of my Pandora stations. It reminded me to experience life.
Life is too short to simply sit around waiting for someone else to fire that starting pistol. Start life for yourself. Get out and have fun.
Click below for a great live performance.
For those of us that work in the service industry, we have a lot of challenges. Technology is changing, and so are the needs of our guests. They demand quicker service at lower price points and often at a much highly quality than we have delivered in the past.
We all have obstacles that work to prevent us from providing world class experiences. We all need to work and turn these obstacles into opportunities. Each obstacle is a temporary roadblock that forces us to slow down and evaluate how to become better. Better as individuals and better as organizations.
Given the current economic environment, it is not ok for any of us to sit idle and feel anxious about challenges, disappointments and rejections. The anxiety does not help, but if we look at these challenges, disappointments and rejections not as negative events but rather as gifts. We realize these roadblocks allow us to narrow our focus and hone in on where we need to improve and move forward.
Having recently read Meditations by Marcus Aurelius, the Greek Stoics have fascinated me. Paul Jun over at 99u just wrote a great article summing up 9 of their points.
The goal of Stoicism is to attain inner peace by overcoming adversity, practicing self-control, being conscious of our impulses, realizing our ephemeral nature and the short time allotted—these were all meditative practices that helped them live with their nature and not against it. It’s important that we understand the obstacles that we face and not run from them; it’s vital that we learn to transmute them into fuel to feed our fire.
Finally got a race in. I have not raced since last fall in the Tarzan Brown River Run. I was able to race the Westerly Track & Athletic Club’s 5 mile Clamdigger Race. In it’s 33rd year, I was able to place 9th OA. My wife raced in the 5k version and did very well. The race itself is flat and fast. After the race they provided great Chowder for all. The only thing I would do differently is not do 7 hours of yard work the day before and go for a 2-hour bike ride. After racing only twice last year, I forgot how much I enjoy racing and how much I have missed racing after my time off. Race Results