Have you done anything worthy of recognition this week? (Of course you have!) Did anybody notice? (Maybe yes—maybe no. It might have gone either way!) The real question worth answering is whether or not you noticed. How much attention did you pay to your own contributions, accomplishments, innovations and progress?
Our daily busy-ness drives us from one task to another, often without a breath for reflection. There are clients to please, phone calls to return, emails to manage, projects to finish, children to tend, and bills to pay.
We get so mired in the gaps between where we are and where we had hoped to be that we forget to pay attention to the things that are going right in our lives. We put in a full day at work and don’t see what was accomplished—only how much is left to be done. We attend a community meeting where the conversation centres on who hasn’t shown up rather than focusing on the folks who are there and ready to get at it.
It’s as if we’re driving on automatic, tuned to the bad news channel. It’s time to switch stations; after all, a good doctor checks for signs of life in the patient—not for signs of death. A heartbeat, no matter how weak, is a welcome sign. We’d be much healthier in spirit if we, too, looked for signs of life in our own daily exploits.