Look for the good…

Over the last week, I’ve seen some really cool things around people creating powerful moments of connection. Yes, we’ve had to cancel most of our in-person meetings and social networking events due to social distancing to help “flatten the curve” of the Corona-virus. However, there are a lot of positives happening and people are getting creative. In the book “A Power of Moments, Chip and Dan Heath talk about the importance of building peak moments. A peak moment is special. It’s that time when you know something is about to happen and we need to get out our phones to capture the moment. However, they go on to explain that it is easier said than done. The ideas are easy, but the execution is hard because nobody wants to taking ownership. When we take ownership, we can create special moments to remember!

Some of the most joyful moments I have seen this week include family and friends zooming parties. People are posting pictures of their families, friends, and work teams getting together online to connect with each other. This has been around for a while, but people are using this technology to stay connecting. In fact, my friend Steve Browne shared a story on twitter about a school district’s annual Choral Festival that was canceled, so the students all sang their individual acappella portion of “Over the Rainbow” in their separate homes, and put them together to create this masterpiece. It was amazing to watch. I also saw a very creative “drive by birthday party” celebration by my friend Kelly Simants that made the local news. It will bring a smile to your face just as it did for this 6 old boy. This video has over 25,000 views. Yes, it’s a very bad time in our country… and social distancing makes it more challenging than ever. But it’s a great time to create some really special moments!

As we continue to face these challenging times, we must lead like never before. People are watching us, our children are watching us, and how we respond to this crisis each day is so important.

One of the best ways we can lead is to look for the good in everything we do. You see, when we look for the good we will see good.

It’s like going to buy a new red car. As soon as we start driving it, we will start seeing red cars everywhere. It’s also the reverse… when we get caught up in the negative it will dominate our thinking and lead to negativity and even depression. So, what are some things we can do over the next few weeks?

  1. Find a way to help others through a donation.
  2. Write a personal note and mail it to someone. 
  3. Find a puzzle to work on. (my wife is now on her 2nd puzzle).
  4. Work on a YOU by signing up for online learning.
  5. Read a book. We recently started a “CLIMB” Book Club online.
  6. Write/update your journal. Record the HI’s and LOWS’s of each day.
  7. Take a walk in neighborhood with kids/grandkids in a wagon.
  8. FaceTime with your mom, Zoom, or Skype with family/friends.
  9. Get in a workout.
  10.  Post a blog or start writing your new book.

Take this time to reflect on what’s important to you and make it happen. I recently read about Frank Blake, former CEO at Home Depot who wrote over 100 letters a week to associates for 7 years. That’s approx 25,000 letters. This takes enormous discipline and a lot of ink! He wanted to connect and let people know he cared which is what he was remembered for! How about creating a moment like this… It can make real impact!

…and how about some of the good we are seeing during this pandemic?

  • My sister recently sent me a link to the local news where her team of medical professionals at Mercy Hospital were recognized for their work during this crisis.
  • A friend posted on instagram about an opportunity to help with a sandwich drop to spread kindness and squash hunger.
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook shared on Twitter that the company has been attempting to source necessary supplies that are needed for healthcare workers both in the U.S. and Europe, and that the company is joining “millions of masks” for this use.
  • Microsoft is being used globally for remote learning initiatives designed to supplement in-person school closures.
  • Armstrong Relocation and Companies was recently asked to help companies create social distancing space in the workplace, as well as pick up supplies and store product in warehouse across the US for companies.

There are so many amazing stories in the news right now of people and companies doing incredible things during this time… As we continue to look for the good, I am reminded every day of the blessings we have been given to spend more time with family at home. What a gift! Let’s keep looking for the good and find a way to connect with our family and friends during this time… even if it’s from a distance. Once you look for it, we will see it everywhere!

Quote of the week:“Your most important work is always ahead of you.” Tim Tebow

Call to Action: Make a list of things you want to complete this week and get started… Think about creating a moment. Write it down and share with others to help you create it… Stay positive, stay educated, and stay in faith. …and look for the good. You will see it everywhere!

This has been A Relocation Minute on “Look for the Good ” with Bruce Waller, for more information, call 972-389-5673, or email bwaller@goarmstrong.com or check out my social media Facebook and Twitter page. Also, check out www.BruceWaller.com to review my leadership book “Find Your Lane” or leadership journal “Milemarkers” both available on amazon.

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