I signed up for the course and wasn’t really looking forward to it. I’ve fought the “7 Habits Of Successful People” by Steven Covey for years. Showing up yesterday I thought we’ll get stories, instruction and the dreaded group work and presentations.
Upon arrival I grabbed a coffee and settled in for three days of pretending to pay attention. Something happened, our instructor is really nice, very engaging. The other people from the office were really nice. The course is really useful and I can see implementing many of the habits into my life. Not just work but every day life. Actually probably more my personal life, I care more about my personal life.
Much of it is common sense but sometimes we need a reminder of what’s important, priorities and also how to treat people. All of this is in the course. Focus and figuring out what is important, coming up with a plan and staying on track. All good lessons. Perhaps the best lesson is that I work with people. Sometimes you forget and just show up to your job, get it done and go home. I realized over the past two days how little I engage with the people I work with. Many in the course are outside of my group, people I don’t get to talk to and it was nice to see some familiar faces I haven’t seen in awhile and also meet some new ones.
Have one day to go with the course and I’m looking forward to it. I’m now glad I took it not just for the instruction on the 7 Habits but also for reconnecting with people in the office. Sometimes just stepping away from work and getting a more personal conversation going can make a huge difference, also looking forward to going back to the office and keeping up some of the friendships I’ve started to form.
On Saturday I went to see Cats. It was good, I really enjoyed it.
What made it really great was I went with my wonderful friend (Hey, coffee soon!) and her two wonderful daughters. I don’t get the chance to see her daughters a lot but I do enjoy hearing about them. It can be hard to figure out how to have a connection to your friends children. I don’t want to be their friend but they’re Mom is an important person in my life and therefore they are important to me as well and I would at least like them to know who I am.
I started sending them postcards when I travel because kids love postcards. They went to Hawaii earlier this year and they in turn sent me a postcard. It’s something that’s really easy to do and gives us a connection without being intrusive.
Going to see Cats was a surprise for them, their Mom hadn’t told them where they were going only that they were meeting up with me. Passing a sign for Cats, they’re Mom asked “Would you like to see that?” They both responded “Yes!” That’s when they’re Mom said “Good because that’s where we’re going!”
It was great to see them in person. We all went to dinner first and the girls were wonderful. Having fun, doing the puzzle on the children’s menu and playing with little animals that came with their drinks. It was a lovely dinner and then we headed to the theatre.
The show is over two hours with the intermission and the girls were completely engaged the whole time. One may have found her calling she was completely in awe of the performers. Leaving they collected some of the silver confetti that had fallen over the theatre at the end of the show. A reminder of how easy it is to make a young girl happy. Confetti never fails. Clutching the programs and smiling they talked about the show. I’m so glad that I went with them and maybe we’ll end up at another show together in the future.
It’s another connection to them and now I can be that lady who sends them postcards and went to Cats with them. Which is all good with me.