So this is a post on gratitude and about nurturing relationships, but I’m starting with a picture taken from a riverboat yesterday.
Allow me to explain…
I’ve just had a great work week, truly feeling I am doing the work I was born to do, really energised and feeling aligned!
On Friday, a great way to cap this off was to have plenty of time to go between a meeting in central London to one at Canary Wharf, so I took a different route, making the most of a glorious sunny winter day by going by riverboat. A true “Carpe Diem” moment, as well as to “Slow Down – what do you see?“.
BTW, those links are both to earlier posts on those topics. Two more are:
- “Want to be creative? Walk a different route to work” (after all, I didn’t just walk a different route, I took a boat)
- “Smashing Paradigms – River Boats” – written over two years ago when I first started meeting this leader for coffee chats in Canary Wharf every couple of months.
My purpose in writing this daily blog is to share learnings. On a broader level, I balance my time between bringing my insatiable curiosity to learning from people and then working with clients to first listen and then reflect, occasionally sharing what I have learned, whether from them or from others. As it says at the top of the “My Writing” page:
I get my best ideas from listening to people. Fortunately, that’s my job. I like to say that people are my library, and my daily writing practice is a way to discover what’s in it: new ideas, inspiration, wisdom, and a little whimsy for good measure. As your humble librarian I invite you to check out a new idea every day. No late fees ever.
Thank you to everyone who allows me to listen and learn!
So, as I finish my week, I’m feeling really grateful and what comes to mind is nurturing relationships. My relationship with people, from clients to friends to mentees. As I joke often to my clients, I am like the Hotel California, they can check out but they can never leave (ie I’m always checking in on them even many years after we formally stop working together). I’m also loving that I’ve been nurturing this blog for over 850 straight daily posts.
I finish with thanks to you for allowing me to invest in nurturing my relationship with you, whether you are an anonymous and occasional reader, or a client, a friend, a daily devotee!
Also published on Medium.