This reminded of a funny story about a tour group whose bus let them off across the street from a famous basilica surrounded by several lanes of relentless traffic. They spread out along the curb to try to cross the street when there was a break in the traffic. Some were darting out when they spotted their opportunity.
Stay together! the frantic tour guide shouted. Stay together! "You cross one by one, they hit you one by one. But if you cross together, they think you will hurt the car!"
I think that is good advice in these unusual times. The best thing we can do is to stay together. It means helping out somebody who is out of work. It means sharing with someone who needs what you have - food, supplies or even some of your time. Stay together.
We work so hard to keep ourselves safe. Staying away from others. Washing our hands. Its easy to forget that the most important thing we humans can ever do is to reach out to each other. Just a phone call that says, Im thinking about you. How can I help? Stay together.
I love bouquets of roses. But the reality is that they wont last long without roots. Cut flowers die. And when Im cut off from others, I die a little on the inside every day. So we need to stay connected.. Especially at this time - stay together.
So the question is - Who needs you today? How can You be the person who is there for others? Think about it!
We are in this together, and we will get through it together!!
Your work is a reflection of you!
When I had just started working, right after high school, I only had one aim in my mind that was to prove that I was worth it, that I deserved opportunities, that I could do extraordinary things.
And with that ambition in mind, I set off on an adventure of doing my work, pursuing objectives and just getting things done.
I had little care for quality or for what the impact of my work would be on other people. For me it was just about getting things done.
Later in my career, I was lucky enough to work with an amazing leader, who was also a very good coach. And after I handed over a few assignments in my usual zeal of getting it done fast, he told me the following:
If you continue working in a hurried fashion, without worrying about quality, soon it will become YOUR standard, and what you will be known for. Your work is a reflection of who you are. Make sure that when you hand over something, it is nothing but a masterpiece!
These words stayed with me ever since. And it is so true, isnt it?
No matter what we do in life, what good is it if its not of the best quality? Whether we are baking a cake, painting a canvas, working on a proposal, coaching a colleague what good is it if we are not giving it our best?
So heres a toast to ALWAYS doing our best, no matter what the situation is.
Stay safe, stay healthy!
Learnings from the pandemic!
The past days have really shown us what is really important in life.
We have learnt that we can live without our favourite brand of pasta, and we can adjust on simple food.
We have learnt that we can be Chefs or Masterchefs ourselves, and not always depend on the local bakery store or restaurants.
We have learnt that doing some housework wont kill us and can in fact be very relaxing.
We have learnt that if we know how to plan (for example, food preparation) and correctly utilise them, things can last longer.
We have learnt that sometimes homemade, home cooked, home grown are much better than anything we buy.
We have learnt that we are stronger than we thought, more talented than we imagined, and so much more resourceful than we ever believed possible.
But most importantly, we have learnt that what really truly matters in life are the people that are in it the relationships we cultivate, the people we love and care about!