Trust your gut is one of those expressions it took me a long time to embrace. Why? Because I have a great gut and lots of times it tells me things I don’t want to hear. A few years ago, though after another of those life-defining moments, I made a deal with myself: from then on, I’d listen to my gut. And you know what happened? Today my gut is so good, I could lend it to people. Seriously. Going on a first date? Take my gut with you. Job interview? Take my gut, please. The more we trust our gut – our intuition – the stronger it gets. For more, join me here.
You can’t pour from an empty vessel. In good times and especially during tough times, we need to take time to refuel. Read a book. Take a walk. Call a friend and, if you need to, ask that friend for help. Ask that friend to come sit with a sick child or spouse so you can take a nap or get a haircut, go to the grocery store or take a drive. We all need time to recharge. And recharging bolsters our resilience. For more, join me here.
This quote, “Only the mediocre are always at their best,” has been on my mind the past few days. I’ve written, rewritten, and rewritten again a talk I’m giving in the not too distant future and I fluctuate between liking my efforts, hating my efforts, and really hating my efforts. It’s a good thing you can’t see me (or smell me) because I’m still in my walking gear which means I haven’t showered, washed my hair, or put on makeup. And I haven’t done any of that because when I stand up to get cleaned up I say, “Five more minutes! I’m just gonna take another stab at this thing for five more minutes!” and then I sit down, give it five, which becomes fifty-five, and before I know it, three hours have passed and I’m just as displeased with my work as I was when I convinced myself to “take another stab at this thing!” I know I should get up and walk away. I know I’m having a mediocre moment, a really long mediocre moment, and I need a break. And I need a shower. And maybe a glass of wine. A good glass of wine. Nothing mediocre will suffice. And I guess that’s my theme for this whole thing, isn’t it? ‘Til tomorrow, friends. You know where to find me. S.
With all the things we can do on our cell phone – send money, create graphics, take pictures, read news, send email and texts, post to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, etc. – I think we sometimes forget that we can also use it to “make the call.” As in a phone call, to another human being, to say hello, or still on for tonight?, or I miss you, or please, pick up wine!
This particular use of the cell phone is the topic of today’s episode of Flaws Are The New Black. Check it out, and then call someone you love and say, hey, you should subscribe to Susan’s channel!