The past two weeks have definitely pushed me to learn more about how much I can handle. There’s just been a lot of work with work, a lot going on with friends, and some of my own personal challenges. I really can’t say that anything is bad, but it’s a lot of good things, great things, and things that aren’t necessarily bad….just unexpected if you will. That being said, I’ve definitely been stretched, stressed and had to address some fear and anxiety (yes the fabulously fierce are human and experience these feelings too). Truly though, what doesn’t kill you ABSOLUTELY makes you stronger.
Throughout any challenges though, I really do always try to maintain my composure and focus on being positive…for myself and in managing my personal brand. It’s just so important to always keep in mind that no matter what you’re going through, you’re always offering up an experience of your brand with others. Whether you’re having a great day or not, all people remember is how they have experienced you, based on how you show up. Now some of us wear our emotions on our sleeves and have to do a little more work to show up positively when interacting with others. For me, and I would submit this is the case with most of us, it all really depends on the day. Some days, I’m better at not letting things get to me so much that everyone can see I’m just not myself. On other days (though rare) I don’t really leave much to the imagination in terms of what I’m feeling.
One thing that I think I have working in my favor though is that I am really able to be in the moment, no matter what I’m going through or facing. If I’m on the train for my morning commute into the office and trying to mentally prepare for the day but the person next to me starts up an interesting conversation….I’m totally there! If I’ve got a million things to get done with a task list already set up with check boxes for me to build that sense of accomplishment as I work through (if you couldn’t “see” my Type A personality coming through before, well, here you go) but there’s an impromptu get together or “Committee Meeting” called to order (Consuela, Faith, and Veronica know the deal), I’m totally there! If I’ve just gotten some not so great news but a fabulous song comes on….I’m there, especially if it’s an old jam like MJ’s Smooth Criminal. Basically, what I’m saying is that, no matter what’s going on, I try to be present in all situations, appreciating whomever I’m with and whatever we’re doing, what is actually happening…not what I “should” be doing, or what’s “supposed” to be happening. This really helps me appreciate everything so much more, and smile a whole lot more in this world in the face of everything that can go a little crazy around us in this world, or have us feeling like we’re in a constant whirlwind.
So, today, I’m suggesting we all just make an intentional commitment of embracing everything we face….the good and the unexpected with the same accessory…a smile. Super cheesy, I know, especially as, believe it or not, I’m sooooooooo NOT the mushy mushy type. The reality, though, is that this really allows us to be present, in the moment, and soak up the best of everything and everyone around us. So, go ahead….I dare you, just smile. You just look so much better when you do! And….against the feedback of my friend, Melissa, I’m inserting one here via an emoticon, just for you 🙂 !
Soundtrack of the day: Kirk Franklin’s I Smile