I’ve been thinking about blooming all year-round.
My wife and I went through thirty years of marriage renting apartments and owning homes that were “okay,” and then we built our dream house. Although we were warned that the process of creating a custom home would be tense and tough on us, we found it to be a terrific experience.
The builder had really excellent people working with him and one was a landscape specialist. Since we live in a moderate climate, he suggested including plants and bushes and trees in a combination that would assure us that something was blooming all year.
It got me thinking about work habits as well. I have worked around people who actually put in about 30 hours of real effort in their forty-hour work week…or ones who pretty much took a big chunk of December off (“Well, Lou…you know…the holidays are coming.”)… or who considered Friday afternoon and Monday morning as part of their weekend.
Of course these were the same people who were denied promotions or who had bones to pick with many company policies or who today likely spend a lot of time online for personal reasons during what should be company time.
I was speaking at a banking convention this past week and sat at breakfast with a man who was just getting going in the business. “I love my job,” he sparkled. “This is exactly where I am supposed to be!” Here is a person who knows precisely what Alice Walker meant when she said, “…every soul is to be cherished, every flower is to bloom.”
I love being with people who bring color and joy and freshness to the lives around them… people who truly bloom all year-round.
Lou Heckler is a motivational humorist and business speaker with more than 40 years experience in managing, motivating and directing others. In 2010, readers of “Meetings and Conventions” Magazine named him as one of their favorite keynote speakers. He has been married since 1968 to five-times-published novelist Jonellen Heckler and they have a son Steve, daughter-in-law Johanna, and two granddaughters.