+1 Plus One

Hi everyone, it’s Recommend Wednesday, a time when I give props to a fellow blogger who in my humble opinion is ‘rocking’ and worth a follow.

This week, the blog I recommend you check out is Navigate My Recovery by Scott Kixmiller.

Scott is a recovering addict who seems to really enjoy writing his blog. This might sound like a funny thing to say, what I like about Scott’s blog is his sincerity. Clearly, he wants to help others, you can tell by the titles of some of his articles such as When Helping Others is Key For Creating More Meaningful Life and Easy Ways To Make Your Life More Meaningful. In the former blog, Scott explains why some wealthy people such as Bill Gates, do for others, having achieved their own personal gaols. Scott also suggests that, retiring can leave us feeling empty and without direction thus quickening the ageing process.

I’ve got a lot to learn from Scott Kixmiller, including ways to make my site is all singing and dancing. On Navigate My Way to Recovery, Scott offers E books plus what I think is a health supplement.

Mark Twain, I think said, the two most important days of your life are, the day you were born and second when you work out the reason why you were born.

Scott, you were born to help others. Thank you! You are this weeks +1

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Monday Motivation (Selling myself short)

Further reading of Bruce D Schneider’s book Energy Leadership reminded me of one my most horrid working experiences.

My Monday motivation, don’t sell yourself short.

If you do, you may find yourself in the darkest of places.

Despite all the warnings given to me. I pushed open the door of an organisation where the reality was much worse than the nightmare. I had experienced the exposure of poor management previously but nothing as terse. Morale was so low staff had already before my arrival perfected the theory of less is less.

Early on, I received praise and acknowledgement for my work.  Singled handed, I had done in weeks what had not been in years. The honeymoon was short.  An ineffective manager was fostered upon me and everything started quickly down hill.

In retrospect the spitefulness of my manager was no less than I should have expected. The leader of the organisation, sensing my misunderstanding of how things were done. Explained that I should have no expectations.  This was all the more difficult to swallow since the organisation works with very vulnerable young people.

This is type of management and organisation Schneider describes in his book as Catabolic. Where the leadership controls by pushing and pulling, delegates fully (and then points and blames). Gives information without justification or buy-in, self assesses, emotionally disconnects, takes advantage of staff…

It’s my fault. During this period, my health suffered and I lost my anabolic energy – the ability to encourage, to be future focused, to see opportunities etc.

The price for selling myself short was very high, but I learned that as long as I work hard, smart and stay aligned, absolutely nothing can stop my journey.

Have a fantastic week, living at your peak.

 

You Are Not Alone

Happy Friday everyone! April 27th and the last Friday of the month. Can you believe it, May is upon us.

Although I haven’t been in earshot of either of these buzz words recently, I am pretty sure you’ve experienced the felling of ‘Am I the only one syndrome’

The words buzz words I’m referring to are, community and tribe.

In my recent post, How To Start Your Day; I mentioned the importance of energy. I must confess my views are often my own. I work a lot from intuition, one of my key strengths. Imagine how pleased I was to see sitting on my friend Janette’s bookshelf Bruce D Schneider’s book Energy Leadership (Transforming Your Workplace and Your Life from the Core).

This guy has produced a whole concept and theory on the subject. I’m ferociously devouring his work and will share with you over the coming days and weeks. In the meantime the ISBN 978-0-47018636-7

This past week has been about continued alignment towards my desired destination. I’m doing what I can to limit the word goal. Embracing Schneider’s theory, there are no problems, no challenges – only opportunities. Setting goals to me seems challenging.

And then there was Justin Scott Campbell’s interview with activist and author Adrienne Maree Brown featured on Longreads. Here on the WordPress platform.

In my ignorance I had never heard the term “flocking” described by Brown “how do we stay the right distance apart and the right distance in touch with each other in order to actually move together as a unit and stay alive and make it as far as we can.” 

Isn’t that beautiful, whether we acknowledge it or not we’re all connected. Whether we know each other or not this is a community and I am finding my tribe.

Have a fantastic weekend.

The Peak Life.

 

+ 1/Plus one

Welcome to Plus 1/+1.

Recommend Wednesday! The edition of my blog, recommending blogger’s who are an inspration and encouragement.

First up, Justin Scott Campbell, 27,741,527 followers, +1

A worthwhile long read is JSC’s interview with social activist, facilitator, author and fiction writer, Adrienne Maree Brown.

Brown has written two books, Octavia’s Brood, her latest Emergent Strategy.  Even in transcript form, this interview is so well crafted, podcast’s could learn a thing or two.

Just as it should be, Justin makes Brown the heart of the interview.  This reader could sense, her wanting to make this world a better place. From her activist beginnings, her involvement with the Harm Reduction Coalition, to raise awareness of “drug and sex patterns”  After which, she became a skilled facilitator, helping to start-up other activist groups.

Brown appears to have a discerning energy, with clarion observations of America and its global influence. Including an analysis of how people treat each other generally.  The interview is intoxicating, invigorating.

I love this blog. A timely read.

We all need encouragement, to conduct with regularity our own introspective inventories.  In this blog, this interview, Brown via Campbell, is able to convey that.  As time permits, I look forwad to reading, English professor Justin Scott Campbell’s past blogs.

I’ll also so be ordering Brown’s books. Despite the gulf in year, a kindred spirit, I have me found. She gives me hope, that in my life time, the world will be a better place.

Thank you, Professor Campbell.

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