Leadership Book Club (2019)

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A couple months ago, while curled up leisurely reading in front of a roaring fire, with my bestie at Nordik Spa (here in Ottawa) – an unexpected conversation launched with two other spa-goers inquiring about the books we were reading.

There was laughter. There was insight. It was awesome.

I left feeling more connected, uplifted, and motivated – longing to keep that sort of energy going, I posted on social media about wanting to start a Leadership Book Club.

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My new challenge for 2016? Get a handle on STUFF.

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The end of a calendar year is always a time of reflection for me – remembrance of the beauty hidden in small moments and what they have collectively taught me.

2015 was both challenging and immensely rewarding. However, it wasn’t the obvious things (such as achieving my MBA or P.Eng) that stand out when I reflect, but rather matters of the heart: relationships which helped me to grow, illness which made me aware of the fragility of life, and a happiness project which significantly altered the way I choose to interpret experiences.

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A strange place for gratitude

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It can be heartbreaking saying goodbye – a friend moving across the country, a companion  animal who has passed away, a group you no longer work with. For me, it was a partner, who I shared the daily struggle with.

How could it end like this?

Until it dawned on me, that I could choose how I let it affect me, like every other aspect of my life. I could weave a story of betrayal, of bad intentions, of lost respect – or instead I could focus on the good, on the positive, on the uplifting. For only the things we care about, can really hurt us. We love things because we are loving, it is in our character – and that is always a beautiful thing. I choose gratitude.

I am grateful for…

1) Unselfish support, in vulnerable moments past

2) Love, that continues on even after the last good-bye

3) Inside jokes that will always be funny

4) Songs that are enriched by my memories

5) The opportunity to grow, as I start a new chapter

Change is inevitable. The way we react to it, is our choice. Is there something you’re struggling with? Something that makes you sad, angry, or worried? I’d like to challenge you to find 5 things you’re grateful for even in those very difficult situations. If you’re brave, perhaps even share them below – or better yet, send the list of what you’re grateful for to the people involved.

Trust me, it will be well worth it.

 

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