Mags Magazine and Global Enterprises Management Solutions would like to invite you to our Online Global Inspirational Series – Let’s Flatten the Curve & Build Our Legacies. We are starting on Thursday April 23rd from 6 -7p.m. Wilson’s topic: The Power of Language During Covid-19.https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-power-of-language-during-covid-19-tickets-103104436144 https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-power-of-language-during-covid-19-tickets-103104436144
The session will be over zoom but we need you to register on Eventbrite and then we will send you the zoom link. During this COVID-19 period, it is important that we also learn and grow! This is also an opportunity for networking across countries!
Look out for the following event which will bring poets, musicians and one comedian – from across the globe!
When self-isolation started, one of the first items on my list of things to get was a bottle of wine. I am glad that I got only one! Along my life journey, I learnt that it takes 21 days to create a new habit. I certainly did not want to create a new wine drinking habit – and I can see how easy it is to do that!
One alternative to using alcohol, is to go for nutritious drinks. This may not be everyone’s ‘thing’ but if we are going to stay indoors, why not get healthier? I have been using green smoothies for years and I can tell you that it is a great booster for your health. It keeps hunger at bay which leads to weight loss or to maintain a healthy weight, and provides a heap of nutrients which makes you feel energized and healthy!
Here is my quick video for today. Hope that you enjoy!
By the way, most of the vegetables used in a green smoothie can be grown easily and will be ready for harvesting within three months. Think of planting your own parsley, celery, kale, lettuce, spinach… It is even better if you can grow organic!
It is easy to dismiss our physical appearances when working online. It is so easy but it is not worth it!
It is sad talking to a black, faceless screen. There may be some occasions when this is unavoidable. However, we should not make it a habit to show up as a faceless person for meetings. We would not do so in the physical meeting spaces – Right?
Dressing and showing up for your meeting is still a part of the professional expectations. By doing so, you are showing respect to yourself, your colleagues and also providing an opportunity for real human interaction during this period of isolation. You don’t need to be in a suit but do show a clean face, brushed teeth, combed hair, and decent clothing! You will also feel better about yourself. Being isolated does not mean that we let go of our healthy habits! YOU can be the source of inspiration to someone else by taking care of yourself.
Lastly, you can have tea or water while in a meeting. Don’t do any heavy foods – the sound and sight of it can be very distracting!
Let us help each other by showing up 100%!
I know that deep, profound gratitude has the power to transform human thoughts and emotions.
Many years ago, when my life seemed to be upside down, I got two pieces of advice from different books which I read which transformed my world.
1. Be grateful for everything in your life. The good, the bad and the ugly. Learn to give thanks in your darkest hours.
2. Everything which you focus on EXPANDS!
As I started to find things to be grateful for, things magically shifted in my life – from ugly to good and then to great! My thoughts about gratitude expanded. More joy flowed in my life. Whatever I needed, appeared by magic! I seemed to be dancing with the universe all the time!
Here is a poem which I wrote at the end of that dark time in 2003. Back then I had a vision to capture words on photography and I accidentally met a photographer – Chad James, who also wanted to use some of my words against his photographs. We did one piece and another friend mounted it on canvas for me several years later. I have it hanging in my living room and thought I would share it with you.
What are you grateful for?
“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”
― Albert Einstein
I love the moments where my imagination takes hold of me me and drives me to be creative and expressive. I believe that inspiration drives innovation. Without inspiration, our lives would be dry, boring and without zest!
Here is my latest creative project. I created a large mural using photos from my garden which I took in 2019. My intention was to capture the magic of my garden in a way that would far outlast the garden. At first, I played with the idea of making a headboard but then changed my mind and made a mural instead. I can’t wait to get it into my office space where I believe it will create an inspiring background.
This memory came up in my Facebook feeds and I almost shed a few tears. In moments like this, I am glad that I write! I can’t imagine how many memories I would lose if I did not record them!
April 8th, 2018
Tonight, I had a cup of coffee just before dinner (which I don’t normally have in the evenings). As I sipped the coffee, I found myself thinking of my father and feeling quite amused about those little memories that pop into my mind when I least expect it. My dad always had a cup of coffee before his dinner. Every evening, he would bathe, shave, dress up nicely, put on some cologne and have a cup of coffee in the balcony alone, while my mom prepared his dinner.
As I pen these words, I can almost hear him humming as he made the coffee. The smell of the cologne would perfume the entire house mixed with the aroma from the coffee. This seemed to have been his special reflective moment on most work days. It is interesting how we (the kids) did not disturb him either! It was sort of understood by all of us, that this was his time. Looking back, I think that my dad had some aristocratic blood in him. He was quite a fine gentleman, with his own philosophy about life and played by his own rules to a large extent. He was very humble, generous… and when he dressed… he was quite a good looking gentleman too! He was sleek!
You know when you are growing up, you think that the older folks are just weird…. and it seems now that I am getting a bit weird too… funny how life works!
I am grateful for such memories. It keeps me grounded to my roots and to the memories of my parents.
Any memories to share?
It is a gorgeous morning in Ottawa and I am ready for work! I have established a work routine and it is working out well for me. I also notice a shift in my body when I do or don’t do certain things! For example, when I shower, dress, apply my make-up and get organized in my work space, I feel more productive and I achieve more. My mood is more uplifting and positive than when I stay in my pyjamas or try to work from my bedroom.
Our bodies will follow our minds. Our success depends on our mindset. Therefore, it is important for you to set your body up for success by exercising mental alertness and reaffirming the behaviours which you would like to exhibit. Here are three affirmations which you can use throughout the day:
I am ready to complete my work tasks today.
I breathe in all that is positive, pure and worthy of uplifting my spirit.
I am embracing new habits and creating new opportunities around me.
I know that there will be moments when life will fall apart around you. Yes, I know that we are dealing with unprecedented challenges. But I also know that history is replete with examples of women, men, children who have used their minds and the power within them to make peace and advance their goals. Sometimes, the biggest goal is perhaps simply managing the mind to reassure it that you are safe and everything will work out for the highest good for all in this huge universe.
Why should you do this? Because you are beautiful, worthy and you are a winner!
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