Clearing Skies

I really like this photo as I sit here after work on a Friday. Another week in the books, with everything that went along with it, and I am feeling good. The optimistic side of me has returned, and I am looking forward to the weekend and getting back to it next week at work.

First, I want to thank those that lended me their energy when I really needed it. What was really cool was the folks that responded to my request came from my own workplace. That was noticed and doubly appreciated — you provided me a much-needed hit of energy and optimism. It also provided an insight — which takes me back to our topic of control. Let’s start with this quote:

I am focusing in on the third sentence — attracting positivity into your life. It works kind of like a sponge, you can absorb positivity by having the right people in your life, working on the quality of the inner dialogue we have with ourselves, and, I think, through living in the present moment. Some days, like I had to the other day, we need to lean on others, temporarily, to get past the dark clouds.

In the last post, the insight I gained was I was missing an important member of my own team — my dad. Thinking about it further, I started to think about my team further — who is on my team right now? How has the period of isolation through the pandemic change my team’s roster? I am defining team as the people around you that you count on for support of you, or helps you grow — mind, body and spirit. A year ago, the list of team members on roster was very clear, but right now? Hmmm. Now I am sure that there are more openings on the roster.

This is a different concept than the trusted circle we refer to in Agile Best Self Principle 4. The inner circle, here, is defined as the short list of people who’s opinion of you actually matters to you. These people may be on your support team, but not necessarily. The like-hearted community we describe in Agile Best Self Principle 11 is an even larger group than that — a superset of your support team perhaps.

So, my homework coming out of this week is to think through who is on my support team. There are some on my team I need to reconnect with and some new roster spots to fill. By intentionally connecting, I hope to build even more positivity into my life — another way of exercising control.

Who’s on your team? Have you connected lately?

Copyright © 2021 Michaele Gardner and Brian Hackerson

Published by Brian Hackerson

My personal philosophy is to be a light.

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