Last week it occurred to me that I can be rather intense. When I set a goal I get focused, like laser beam focused, and I go for it. This, you would think, is a good thing. But I realized that I miss out on some beautiful things along the way. Rather than sprint for my goal with tunnel vision; I’d like to skip there and enjoy what’s around me. The end result is still the same but the process to get there is a little different.
Once this revelation settled, the questions came: “How? How do I change a part of myself that comes so easily? How to I change this pattern in my life?” Then I thought about who embodies fun and being in the present? Elmo. So I decided to do things a little differently and add Elmo to my life.
I started at work. I’ve been feeling a little stressed there as I have a new job and I have a lot to learn. And since I spend most of my time during the day there I thought bringing my Elmo-attitude to work would be a great start. This is what I did: instead of writing with a black pen I chose any other color I could find (in lieu of a big fat crayon). When I found highlighters all insanity broke loose! This one simple action, which would probably go unnoticed to most people, reminds me that I’m working on lightening up. Whenever I use a colored pen or the orange highlighter (watch out!) I think of Elmo and my desire to add more fun to my life.
Is this one thing going to change how I operate? Probably not but this is the first step with more to come. And I believe if I stay consistent and persistent with this things in the future will have to change.
P.S. You HAVE to watch the video link below! It totally reinforces my point! I couldn’t help but smile and laugh!! Seriously!!! Bring some smiles to your today. 😀
- Elmo and Cookie dance the weathercast (kfor.com)