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Life is like the Weather –It Changes

Laura Novakowski  -  Mar 14, 2017  -  , , , , , , , , ,  -  No Comments

weather3_14-2017Just when I thought that I had everything planned perfectly, the day changed.  The weather forecast was for snow. Well, I traveled from the North (NEPA) to DC thinking that I was leaving the weather behind me.  Surprise – surprise, it followed me here. 

The old me would have wanted to have everyone soldier through – to suck it up –to keep going no matter what. The new me says, “Yeah. Let’s take advantage of the day, the time, the location and the people.”  And so that’s what I am doing.

As an early riser, I woke well before the alarm – a little after 5AM (which is in my mind 4AM, time just changed on the East coast in the US).  In downtown DC, I normally hear trains and trucks, all the usual early morning wake up traffic. Instead, I woke to the sound of a winter mix of sleet, rain and snow.  Really a refreshing sound – the sound of nature giving people the day off. 

A call roused me from my enjoyment of nature to tell me the day was postponed and we would need to reschedule.  “What a pleasant surprise,” I thought. “Now what?”  Normally, I like to follow my plans, it makes life so much easier, so much safer. Then I realized that I could make this a special day to really visit DC.  (Fortunately, I had planned for the weather (boots, scarf, gloves, coat- not my typical style). After a hotel breakfast, I venture out on foot.

There is slush, ice, and water everywhere.  Almost no cars on the road.  In spite of wet feet (okay, not totally prepared – my boots look great, just not very water proof), I trudge a few city blocks to the Metro. The people that I passed were wonderful.  Dressed for the weather- they shoveled, swept and tossed salt on the sidewalks. Stopping respectfully for me to pass.  Everyone has a wonderful smile and kind greeting. – Whomever says, “DC is not a friendly city,” might want to reconsider and visit in the midst of a storm. 

Coffee shops were open and the welcoming attitudes continued to envelop me.  In the lobby of the Constitution Building, an employee whom had been there since the previous evening welcomed me with a smile and showed me a warm and welcoming place to sit. 

Moving on to the Metro, again I encountered warm, welcoming people. Despite delays, people were gracious and respectful with phones, seats and juggling bags – people would stop to allow someone enter the car ahead of them.

Quite a refreshing way to spend a morning in DC.  Today, I am allowing my life to enhance my work, rather than allowing my work to control my life.  Thank you Mother Nature for helping me to see the value of weather to help me improve my life and my work.

How about you? Are you willing to take the “weather” as it comes and allow yourself to go with the flow when you encounter the storms and delays?  I’d love to hear from you. 

Have an amazing day and enjoy the” weather.”

Too Much Disease, Too Little Health

Laura Novakowski  -  Nov 16, 2011  -  , , , , , , ,  -  Comments Off on Too Much Disease, Too Little Health

Today, the emphasis seems to be on disease. Disease in a person. Disease in a business. It seems that everywhere we go there is an emphasis on disease.  This macabre approach has caused me to invest perhaps a life time of study in attempting to understand what quite frankly makes very little sense to me.  My personal preference has always been to emphasis health, to seek opportunities and growth.

As a starting point, let’s look at some definitions of disease:

  1. A disorder of structure or function that affects the  condition of a human, living animal or plant body or of one of its parts that results in impaired normal functioning and is typically manifested by distinguishing signs and symptoms that affects a major system or function.
  2. A particular quality, habit, or disposition regarded as adversely affecting a person or group of people.
  3. A harmful development.

In  my opinion, these definitions can apply to a human or a business equally as well.  While it is extremely important to pay attention to issues, challenges, pathogens that can and do cause a great deal of harm  and distruction; it is becoming so prevalent that most of the dollars in healthcare and business are being spent on repairing disease because it has reared it ugly head so largely that a person or business can barely function let alone survive.

We fight disease to stay alive.However, in fighting disease, we are failing our health.

Now let’s look at some definitions of health:

  1. The overall condition of an organism at a given time.
  2. Soundness, especially of a body, mind or business.
  3. Freedom from disease or abnormality.
  4. The optimal level of functioning.

As with disease, these definitions for health can apply equally as well to humans and businesses.  The last definition for health is my personal favorite.  What person or business doesn’t want to “function at their optimal level“?

Unfortunately, when we focus too much on disease, we will always, always get not enough health.  Why not shift our focus to health and see if that doesn’t help to control the disease more effectively.

I would love to hear your thoughts.

 

 


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