April 2013

Live and Let Go …

April 27, 2013

April is coming to an end and I realize I haven’t written in about three months. There goes my resolution to write more often! A third of the year has already flown by. Where is this pause button on this thing called life. In some respects I wish there was a fast-forward button to zip through the long-winded meetings, endless traffic and long queues at the supermarket. Yet on another hand I wish I had that pause button to freeze all those moments my 18-month old dynamo of a toddler is going through. I would freeze those points in time to memorize the sparkle in her eyes, the cheeky grin on her face and the heart-melting way she scrunches her nose.

A lot has happened in these last three months and most recently some tragic events that once again remind us of how fragile and fleeting everything is. These acts of inexplicable evil that send shock waves into our systems to remind us to focus on what really matters. Part of my New Year’s resolution was to learn to let go. Easier said than done. Letting go of anything that doesn’t serve me and learning to apply that in all areas – at work and at home. I recently attended a service leadership workshop that was conducted by Ron Kaufman and I remember walking out that day with a completely different view on service and on life. Ron has a very simple yet profound definition of service.

“Service is taking action to create value for someone else” – Ron Kaufman

That’s it. In the most simple terms. It is not constantly worrying about “what’s in it for me” but rather “what can I do to help you”. It is not subservient or servile. It is a higher level of operating. To go through the world seeking out the value you can create for others. With that new found knowledge and my New Year’s motto to “let go” I started to look for ways to put it to the test. It meant learning to let go of the ego wars over who’s idea was best and instead focus on how to make a project successful and valuable to the organization. I started to look around me at other opportunities where people could embrace this philosophy.
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