Hello Monday Motivators!
Is it truly only one week before Labor Day weekend? Where has the summer gone? Many of you have taken kids back to college or are taking them for the first time. For many, the young ones are going back to school this week or already started last week. It’s that time of year when we have to muster up energy for all that is to come. Fall and late fall are when companies are finalizing budgets for 2012. Then we have all the holidays (Halloween is already showing up in the stores); preparing homes for winter; switching over wardrobes for cooler weather to come; possibly adapting to new schedules.
Life just rolls along whether we like it or not and seems to be moving faster and faster. I’d like to encourage you this week to make the most of each day. I don’t mean pack in 10 more things to do. It’s not always about how many errands or tasks on our To Do list. It’s about what we are doing within the time we have and making sure we spend time on things that are important to us and with people who are important to us.
I had taken a wonderful vacation with my grown children and 4 little grandchildren. We went to Torch Lake, MI which is the most gorgeous lake I have ever seen. It’s turquoise and clear. It is listed in National Geographic as one of the 5 most beautiful lakes in the world. We rented a home on the lake with a huge yard and lots of big green trees around us. (Remember, we all live in Las Vegas—the desert.) For one week, all of us were pretty much disconnected from technology and the world other than checking in now and then.
It was a great feeling to just soak in the sun, sit around a campfire every night, look up at the incredible stars, be on and in the water, view breath-taking sunsets, take hikes and see nature and creatures of all sorts (some not my favorite). We actually could sit and talk and enjoy each other’s company. I felt like I had gone back in time. You know what? There was really something nice about not always being tethered to some type of technology. I basked in the joy of watching the little kids (4, 6, 6, and 10 years old) exploring nature for the first time; riding their first big tube behind a pontoon boat, fishing, or picking up a little frog (we don’t have those in Vegas).
How many of your kids sit in front of the TV playing with Wii or PlayStation or Xbox for hours at end? How many of your kids are glued to the computer playing games? I see it in my own little ones.
As I celebrated my birthday taking in all that was happening on vacation and being in my 50s, I was reminded once again that life passes really FAST. Don’t miss out on sharing special activities with your family and friends; take that vacation you have only talked about; make time at dinner to talk to you children; when you go out to eat, turn off your phone or quit texting and engage in conversation with whomever you are dining. You will not get a second chance – you go around once in life so make it the best you can!
I wish all of you a safe and happy Labor Day weekend. We have many exiting things in store for you this fall. We are launching a unique new video series called Reality Check (unscripted, unplugged, with straight talk from me) and will be publishing several new articles at Adminology.org. This will be happening late September so check it out!