There is something special about digging my Converse kicks into Toronto’s concrete jungle. Another java-induced walk-a-thon. It was about time for the meeting, and my sense of it is to always plan ahead and be early. You never know what may happen.
It ended up with an alumnus and I being extremely early – so what is the most logical thing you can think to do? ‘Well let’s take in the city,’ he said. Up a few blocks was Queen Street, “where the tourists go to spend money,” I’m told.
It was time to head back after taking in the many sites of Queen Street and a bit of Chinatown. Another java, but this time a decaf one… totally not the same. 215 Spadina is where a collective of people gather together to borrow and use the space. It’s neat, it’s vibrant, and it’s full of potential. Our meeting was led by the talented and multifaceted, Jeffrey Halliday.
This meeting had guts like Toronto always does. There were great moments of clarity and moments of vulnerability. The theme was gratitude – or that’s what I took from it. To be grateful. One of the clients later emailed me the following reminder below. He stated that it was once in his work cubicle and that the meeting had sent him searching for it. I enjoyed the reminder myself – I hope you do too!
THE SOCIAL INVESTMENT SOLUTION
In the midst of challenges and stress, a strong social support network is the greatest predictor of both performance and happiness. Instead of hunkering down and retreating within themselves, the most successful people invest in their friends, peers, and family members to propel themselves forward.
CREATING LASTING CHANGE
Write down three new things you are grateful for each day.
Write for 2 minutes a day describing one positive experience you had over the past 24 hours.
Aim to be active for at least 10 minutes a day.
For two minutes, focus on your breath going in and out.
RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS
Write one, quick email first thing in the morning thanking or praising a member of your team.