Advice can be a subtle form of criticism when it is given without being asked for, Isn't it? I will try to be more mindful when I share my “advice” with my kids, colleagues, and friends.
Have you ever been on the receiving end?
I was about to give up on humanity this past weekend. I felt we are going backwards and not learning anything from our history. I felt hopelessness and anger. But my son, who was born an optimist, reminded me like he always does, how humans overall are doing much better if you look back on the last 100 years: Women can vote he reminds me, and abortion is legal, same with gay marriage. We landed on the moon and beat the Soviets and the Nazis he adds. And ended apartheid. We put social security in place and it now takes a year to develop a vaccine, not decades. Ok, I say. I hear you son. Thank you for the reminder....
There is an opening in the air and in business!
According to this morning's news, this past weekend was the closest to normalcy in 18 months. Airports and roads were packed for Mother's day travel.
A few of you also shared big April sales!
The sun is up and so is business and maybe, our moods can rise as well.
And if more individuals get vaccinated, we can probably have a very normal, thankful indoor holiday season this year.
Are you feeling as optimistic as I am?
As our team moved to daily Zoom meetings instead of meetings in person, Fatima and Alin maneuvered between work and child care. Three employees had Covid in our office and we had to keep shipping because it was the beginning of a season, one lost a brother to Covid and we know so many of our customer's relatives or employees that passed on. Stores closed and NYC was hurting terribly. But we somehow kept moving on and stayed on track. We put the fear aside. We were in survival mode like the rest of you. All of us. And it worked. We managed. But our bodies remember. These past few weeks I had sensations in my body that I never...
My teacher talked about love this past weekend.
He paused and looked at us in a serious face (through zoom) and said in his heavy Indian accent :
"I am sorry to say, so sorry, as many of my students don't understand what love is. So sorry. Please understand, love is when you give without expecting anything in return. You just give. This is love".
Do you love?