Cheer Me On!

Charles is my neighbor. He’s an ace bowler. He’s an ace speed walker and runner too – watch out Forest Gump.

Generally, no matter the weather, you’ll find Charles doing laps around the block. So many that Charles sports a new pair of athletic shoes about every ten weeks.

One of the best parts of Charles laps though, is his energetic, gleeful request to neighbors and passerbys of: “Cheer me on! Cheer me on!”

A quick selfie while trying to keep up with Charles

A quick selfie while trying to keep up with Charles’s pace!

Those who know Charles unabashedly shout, “Go Charles go! Go Charles go!”

Those who don’t know Charles generally ignore him or cross the street.

As I look out the open windows on a gorgeously, exquisite spring day, hearing neighbors up and down the block enthusiastically chant, “Go Charles go,” a question forms.

What’s holding back your perfectly perfect self from cheering someone else on or, energetically requesting others to, “Cheer me on!”

Let the cheering begin!

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Kinetic pow!

Bill Humphries kinetic art

Artist Bill Humphries – kinetic art

When family or friends are feeling down, angry or out of energy, I often inquire, “Do you need a kick-in-the-pants?”

Of course, the answer is always a definitive and resounding, “No!”

Simply by asking this age-old absurd question, energetic inertia and woe-is-me thought patterns seem to be interrupted.

Instead, the focus becomes “Whoa, I’d better get moving because she’s really going to give me a kick-in-the-pants.” A focus that can help reverse a downward spiral of negativity.

The point of the kick-in-the-pants is always to deliver confidence, support and love while providing a moment of respite from the overwhelming.

And that’s the kinetic, I-believe-in-you, pow kick we all need from family and friends every now and again.

 

Art: Kinetic art by artist Bruce Humphries  featured in the 2015 Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design pre-college summer brochure.

Bakery allure

Early in my career I was advised, “Have a role at a meeting. Don’t just eat a roll.”

419441765_94482367fbThis is advice I often savor, whether or not I’m attending a meeting. What value can I add to a project? How can I best support the idea? Am I the right person for this initiative – am I just taking a seat at the table so I can eat a roll?

The next time you’re invited to a meeting or project, ask yourself what’s motivating your participation.

Is it the bountiful tray of pastries and rolls that will most certainly be in the center of the table – especially appealing since you missed breakfast? Or, is it the appetite and passion you have for the role?

Relish the role that only perfectly, perfect you can deliver!

 

photo credit: Brooklyn’s specialty via photopin (license)

Tarry and doddle

3104287637_00b6b12e3cToday’s ear worm, spurred by a work conversation, is a Girl Scout camp song that is sung as the evening’s camp fire comes to a close. Perhaps you too sang the Linger song like I did during my Girl Scout camping years spent at Camp Whip-Poor-Will in western Ohio: 

Hmmm, I want to linger.

Hmmm, A little longer.

Hmmm, A little longer,

Here with you.

Hmmm, It’s such a perfect night.

Hmmm, It doesn’t seem quite right.

Hmmm, That this should be,

My last with you.

Hmmm, And come September,

Hmmm, I will remember,

Hmmm, Our Scouting days,

Of friendships true.

Hmmm, And as the years go by,

Hmmm, I’ll think of you and sigh.

Hmmm, This is good night

And not good bye.

With this song incessantly repeating itself in my head (actually, I did sing a few bars during the work conversation…) it really got me thinking about choosing the people with whom you want to linger.

Are you lingering with people who cheer you on? Are you lingering with people who challenge you and push your thinking to even greater heights? Are you lingering with people who make you laugh? Are you lingering with people whom you in turn believe in, cheer on, and push to new heights?

Surround yourself with the people, that perfectly, perfect you wants to linger with a little longer!

 

 

photo credit: <a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/25622716@N02/3104287637″>2008 09 28 – Poe Paddy State Park 14</a> via <a href=”http://photopin.com”>photopin</a&gt; <a href=”https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/”>(license)</a&gt;

Zesty, pesky, zealousness

2338032309_2d8a1f3c82Bringing zealousness to your own work, your own art, is beyond fabulous. It’s your own low-cost, high-octane energy fueling you and your idea forward.

Lending zealous support to someone else’s idea is also beyond fabulous. Your support can help re-ignite another’s passion. It can serve as a welcome “you’ve got this kick-in-the-pants” when energy reserves are running low.

I was reminded today that zealousness for someone else’s work, definitely needs to be confined to the area of support. Once well-intentioned zealousness crosses over into the, “I’ve got this – Get out of the way – I know how to do your job better than you do” area, it serves no one well.

Crossing over into this area is the ultimate, grand “sprinkle-over” – a technique established by four-legged dog friends and perfected by two-legged human friends.

Keep your perfectly, perfect zealous energy focused on all the best areas – areas that move yourself forward while honoring and supporting the work of others!

 

 

photo credit: <a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/11121568@N06/2338032309″>Joy</a&gt; via <a href=”http://photopin.com”>photopin</a&gt; <a href=”https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/”>(license)</a&gt;

Unleashed privilege

Going for your big dream.  It’s not always easy. The inevitable barriers. Your doubting self-talk.  Running yourself ragged between your full time job, getting lunches packed, laundry, the kids’ violin lessons, PTO meetings, book club and hosting Saturday’s neighborhood winter party.  So much to manage.  So much to do.  The life of privilege.

Privilege, however, gives your big dream an advantage. No worrying required about where you’re going to sleep tonight.  No rumbling stomach to distract your thought process.  No worrying about extra bus fare to get to the library to access a computer for tonight’s blog post.

If you are fortunate enough to be privy to privilege, how might you be in community with someone who doesn’t have all the advantages you do?  How can you cheer on the young daycare provider who is a single mom and going to school part-time?  What book or resource might you share with the woman who cleans the office building whom you’ve seen arrive wearing her fast food uniform?  What steps can you take to make someone else’s dream a little bit easier?

I promise you that when you provide your generous nature with another person, both of your dreams and the world will be richer for it!