For the last few Mondays I’ve shared lessons from the road and squash court. For some reason that is where I seem to find myself in reflection almost effortlessly.
Perhaps the reason it is those two places is it is in those moments I disconnect from the usual bustle. Have you noticed places where you easily can disconnect and reflect? I think it is those kind of places where complexity ceases to be daunting.
Productivity takes on a new face when we’re in environments that encourage it. Sometimes changing my environment has made significant difference between getting things done and the adverse. I played a game of squash which reminded me about one of the reasons winning matters for us.
Well, I really felt like posting this and i kinda debated with myself. Some may think this childish… but i remembered someone telling me, “You are never too old to have a happy childhood!”
I just had to! I remember watching many episodes more than once… Here goes some of my favorite quotes. Some of them actually have some wisdom (at least for me). Enjoy!:
Winnie the Pooh: What day is it? Piglet: It’s today Winnie the Pooh: My favorite day
Winnie the Pooh: Oh bother!
Eeyore: It’s not much of a tail but I’m attached to it.
Winnie the Pooh: Think, think, think
Winnie the Pooh: Oh, oh, help and bother! I’m stuck. [this was after Pooh had eaten too much honey at Rabbits place and couldn’t go through the door]
Rabbit: Oh, dear. Oh, gracious. Oh. Well, it all comes from eating too much. Winnie the Pooh: It all comes from not having front doors big enough!
Rabbit: Why did I ever invite that bear to lunch? Why, oh, why, oh, why?
Winnie the Pooh: A grand adventure is about to begin
Winnie the Pooh: Oh, bother! Empty again! Only the sticky part’s left.
Eeyore: Thanks for noticing me
Winnie the Pooh: [opening his door] Hello, out there! Oh, I hope nobody answers.
Tigger: T-T-F-N. Ta-ta for now.
Tigger: Say, who are you? Narrator: I’m the narrator. Tigger: Oh, well, please, for goodness’ sakes, narrate me down from here.
Tigger: Oh but the most wonderful thing about tiggers is I’m the only one…IIIII’m the only one. [growls]
Eeyore: It’s snowing still…And freezing… However, [ brightening up a little] we haven’t had an earthquake lately.
Rabbit: [drawing on Pooh’s backside when he’s stuck in Rabbit’s door] Oh Pooh! You messed up my moose!
Christopher Robin: Pooh, promise you won’t forget me, ever?
Tigger: Yuck! Tiggers Don’t like honey!
Winnie the Pooh: Always watch where you are going. Otherwise, you may step on a piece of the Forest that was left out by mistake.
Winnie the Pooh: Did you ever stop to think, and forget to start again?
Winnie the Pooh: I am shushed!
Tigger: T-I-double”guh”-errrrr, that spells Tigger!
Winnie the Pooh: If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together.. there is something you must always remember. you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. but the most important thing is, even if we’re apart.. i’ll always be with you.
Gopher: That supercilious scoundrel confiscated my honey.
Winnie the Pooh: Good-bye, Piglet. Now, is the next chapter all about me?
Piglet: I don’t mind the leaves that are leaving. It’s the leaves that are coming.
Winnie the Pooh: Oh, stuff and fluff.
Owl: Being a screech owl, she also sang soprano in the London Opera.
Winnie the Pooh: Where are you going, Piglet? Piglet: That’s what I’m asking myself, where? Winnie the Pooh: And what do you think you will answer yourself?
Gopher: If I was you, I’d think about ssssskedaddin’ outta here.
Tigger: Have I won?
Winnie the Pooh: If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you
Winnie the Pooh: A little Consideration, a little Thought for Others, makes all the difference
Winnie the Pooh: Before beginning a Hunt, it is wise to ask someone what you are looking for before you begin looking for it.
Winnie the Pooh: I must rescue my supper!
Winnie the Pooh: Can’t we go back to page one and do it all over again? Narrator: Sorry, Pooh, but all stories have an ending, you know.
I’m thousands of kilometres away from “home” and I as I mow the lawn my mind trails and rouses memories… I remember a particular occasion my dad taught me to change the blades on the lawn mower.
The present smell of the lawn and the wrath of the sun, as I mowed, remind me of how dad taught me to canvas the grass for stones before mowing… I remember blisters and the pain that came with them as I worked our garden / yard besides just mowing the lawn.
I had an opportunity to go to Mozambique recently. I remember the countdown I did a few days before departure. As part of my preparation for the trip there were some things I had to see to before leaving. I was also reminded on some things about time.
I remember brainstorming with one of my team leaders about plans for meetings that were going to take place in my absence. I also attempted, to the best of my abilities, to prioritize some of the things in my diary at the office. I shuffled things up and down the priority and important lists.