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This morning I finished reading Gretchen Rubin’s best-selling book The Happiness Project recently recommended by a new friend, Cathline Marshall. I thoroughly enjoyed it, nodding at the pieces I have already undertaken, jotting down some new ones to test-drive.
At the end of her book, Gretchen offers an Afterword that includes a link to a one-minute Internet movie she created. I went right to my computer and plugged in the address: www.theyearsareshort.com. It’s a great reminder that the things we slog through today are actually the joyful memories of tomorrow. Who isn’t already bragging about making it through last week’s storm and exaggerating the number of days you went without Internet connections, heat and electricity? Ten miles to school in the snow barefoot, anyone?
Gretchen’s thesis is that the days are long, but the years are short. Every client I have, myself included, feels that what she’s trying too accomplish is taking forever, or at least too long. And just as easily admits, looking back a year or two later, that it all happened pretty quickly.
Watch this short film to underscore the reality of your life, be it personal or professional.
On that note, I want to share that the little boy I was diapering only 30-something years ago successfully completed the NY Half Marathon on Sunday in under two hours. Rob’s the one on the right in red shorts. The days are long, but the years are short. Enjoy today–every minute of it. This is the ride.
Debbie – Lena – Cathline
Friday was such a rewarding day. I was on my way to spend an hour with a web/graphic designer in the city. Navigating the crowd from the train into Grand Central Terminal I recognized my client and colleague Debbie Fay of BeSpeak and joined her for a quick exchange.
I thanked her for her recent referral to my mastermind group and mentioned hearing good things about the work she was doing for one of my clients who had recently sought her help with presentation skills, Debbie’s forte. When I asked Debbie where she was heading in NY, she mentioned a familiar company name that made me smile. Debbie had had this organization high on her client wish list, and here she was on her way to an appoinment. As we parted we both acknowledged how grateful we were to have each other as referrals. It’s the sweetest business to get.
Before heading for the train in the morning I had received a big Valentine from my favorite blogmaster, Lena West of xynomedia. Lena taught me everything I needed to know about blogging and has continued to be there for me not only to answer questions (why is one reader receiving all of my blog comments in her inbox?), but also to help everyone I refer to her. Lena had selected my business to talk about when Entrepreneur Magazine asked industry leaders to pick their favorite companies. Click here for Lena’s most generous words.
The meeting in the city was also rewarding. I met with Cathline Marshall who had attended my Remarkable Women Network event at Eileen Fisher in NY last month. We wanted more time to get to know each other so that we could also act as referral sources. I was knocked out by her portfolio presentation and got a clear picture of who her ideal client is. Having experienced my networking event and hearing more about my coaching services, we behaved like good networkers and found out how to add value to our new relationship.
Having people like Debbie, Lena and now Cathline in my professional life makes working feel like joy. I want to put it out there that membership in my Mutual Admiration Society is wide open to applicants. The only requirement for membership is 100% dedication to keeping our clients happy and successful.