Written by Cory Blair- Chief People Officer, Affective Consulting
The world right now is a little messed up. All the violence, terrorism, political catastrophes and hate…. It is not cool at all. It is what we see everyday on the news and especially social media. In fact, it is 95% of what we see. WHY do we focus on all this bad stuff??? It is like the analogy of driving by a car crash just to see it… Nobody needs to see that… The more attention we give to this stuff the more we succumb to it. We need to take a time out. We need to be people people…. We need to stop and focus on doing great things for others…. we need to learn from our kids!!
It is currently the middle of summer vacation. It is a time to recharge the batteries and spend time outside at the lake, camp, go on a trek in the old minivan – whatever it takes to get away. Kids are on vacation from school and just going bonkers, loving the sun and being free. I am lucky to have 4 awesome kids and also nieces and nephews as well as be close to our neighbor kids. This summer I have focused on watching them have fun. How they play and interact.
Guess what? Our world and many organizations can learn a thing or two from kids. 99.9999 % percent of their purpose is simple. To have fun. Be themselves. Learn. Share. Laugh. Run through the sprinklers... It is a really simple concept. Just do really good things. Good things lead to other good things and before you know it a culture of fun is born. A culture of awesome is born. Yes, there are some cries. Yes, there are some scrapes and bruises but those are quickly forgotten because kids don’t sit there and dwell on the bad. Kids get back up and go. Our messages as parents or people to our children is to focus on the good ALWAYS!!! So why the heck are we focusing so much on the bad in the news, within our organizations or even our adult relationships….
Just for a day live and think simplistically like a kid. Your day will be awesome. Good things will happen and yes the sprinklers will be really cold!