Love Is All Around You

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Hearts ImageHappy Valentine’s Day!

I feel it in my fingers
I feel it in my toes 
Love is all around me
and so the feeling grows 
It is written on the wind, 
it’s everywhere I go…
– LOVE IS ALL AROUND by THE TROGGS

This famous song by The Troggs is a catchy tune.  It’s one of those songs.  You hear a bit of it, and you will find yourself singing or humming it all day.  But do you really believe it?

Do you truly believe that love is all around you?

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get caught up in a daily routine.  To drown in the minutia of getting things done…meetings, deadlines, working, taking care of others, and trying to catch just enough sleep before waking up and doing it all again.

Stop.  Just stop.  Take a little break.  Take a deep breath.  Relax with me just a minute. 

Now look around?  What do you see?  Who are you with?

Are you surrounded by co-workers?  Despite work-based roles, these are people like you…human beings striving for the best existence possible. You have more in common than you might imagine.

Are you with your parents? These are the people who represent your roots.  They gave you life and whether they were great parents or lousy parents, they set you forth on your path.

Are you with your kids? Yes, maybe they drive you nuts sometimes, but even the wildest child is adorable when asleep. (I know I was!)  Your little ones are your legacy.  Every ounce of love you pour into them shapes a whole new life.

Are you with friends?  These are your chosen companions along your journey.  They are those special people who laugh with you, inspire you, share with you, and pick you up when you need it.

Are you with your soul mate?  This is a person that walks alongside you on your everyday path…a person who connects very deeply with you.  They co-author the story of your life.

Are you with your pet? This is the purest form of unconditional love.  Your pets trust you with their very existence.  In return for sustenance and shelter, they give you infinite, uncomplicated adoration.  You are the center of their universe.  

Are you with yourself?  Being alone with yourself is quite different than being lonely.  Lonely implies that you are cut-off, disconnected, isolated…and you are not.  You are part of an amazingly alive universe that is constantly moving, shifting, and transforming in unique and wonderful ways!

You are an integral part of the Universal dance. 

Step outside, feel the breeze, blink at the sunlight.

Breathe deeply and know that you are in the presence of Source.

Love is all around you.  

In Joy,

 

Sandy

 

Delegate For Your Health

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List To DoBeing in business isn’t getting any easier for those of us who own small businesses.  Some days the many hats we wear can leave us feeling like we’ve been juggling bowling balls all day.

And with all we’re trying to manage, it’s no wonder we’re not sleeping, and consequently feeling exhausted and suffering from a variety of ailments, whether headaches and back pain or repetitive strain and digestive issues.  All this in the name of ‘getting it all done’.

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get more done in a day without cloning yourself.

The first and easiest way to shorten the list of responsibilities you face is to delegate tasks and projects to others – either at home or on the job.

Consider the following:

 

At Home

1.  Get all the family members together, including your spouse and the kids.  Put together a list of all the chores and responsibilities that need managing in a given week and divide it up amongst the group.  For example, many kids 12years old and up are capable of sorting and doing simple loads of laundry.

2.  Keep a list on the fridge with each family member’s name and their responsibilities, which can be checked off as their done.  Rewards for attention to detail and such are a great way to keep the family motivated.

3.  Do you have pets?  Give the responsibility of feeding and refreshing the water to the kids.  When it comes time for their baths and haircuts, hire a pet-sitter to take your pet to and from the groomer.  It’s just one more thing on your “to-do” list that you can cross-off.

4.  For Birthday, Holiday, or other party-planning needs, simplify your life by hiring a party-planner to coordinate and manage the details.

5.  When you’re traveling, hire a sitter to bring in your mail, check on the house, and care for your pets, so you can really relax and enjoy your time away.

 

At Work

1.  Get the kids involved in small tasks at work.  I know of one small business owner who has his 12-yo daughter enter all his invoices into Quickbooks one day after school each week, for his review afterwards.  She gets extra allowance and it saves him time to do more important things in building his business.

2.  Hire an outside service to take care of planning trips and such.  Give the planner your itinerary with a list of your priorities, which saves your precious time for more important tasks and decisions.

3.   We all have information that can easily fall through the cracks, whether it’s license renewals, taxes, thank-you cards, or customer birthdays.  Use Microsoft Outlook, or some other management program to keep track of information and dates for projects, contacts, tasks, and “to-do” lists.

 

With a bit of planning, and being persistent in delegating, you can drastically reduce your own load, so you can sleep at night, take better care of yourself and your health, and get more enjoyment out of each day.