The other day I had the opportunity to catch up with two people I haven’t caught up with for a while. It reminded me of the joy that comes from a 1:1 interaction. A proper catch-up, unlike a social gathering which has its own joy but not always possible to connect with people fully or to the level I’d like.
It also reminds me that I’ve spent about half the year focused on things like house, mortgages etc that made it difficult for me to engage socially. It felt great to have a sense of having moved through that time period to one where being able to do more than one catch up in a day is possible. That is all. Yay.
This is post 17 of 45 posts for 45 years.
Tonight I met with the people who just finished the entrepreneurs’ program I’ve been running. Hearing about how much they valued it and the impact it had on them was incredibly heartwarming. Reliving the graduation night and listening to their experiences, the observations of a previous program participant quickly reconnected me to my own joy from the night. Less than an hour earlier I’d started to feel tired, but talking about the energy in the room and feeling the love from all of them at the graduation brought my energy right back.
I love that our brains don’t know the difference between thinking of something and experiencing it. In this case, it was a really good thing!
One of the participants referred to our group as like ‘family’. That meant a lot to me. A whole new take on ‘chosen’ family. Many of them talked about how their friends and family just don’t get what they’re on about. Many entrepreneurs experience this. You have to be a bit crazy and super driven to pursue a business idea. Most people don’t understand this, what keeps people following their dreams. Other entrepreneurs do. It’s nice to be with them.
This is day 10 in 45 posts for 45 years.
Sitting at a traffic light, behind a white cargo van, empty so I could see the driver and passenger. A swift move attracts my eye, a high five and energetic bopping in their seats. A song they like must have come on the radio, their youthful enthusiasm rippling from the van into my little car behind them.
I could just make out the faded pink pastel bob of the passenger and the gentle smiling face of the driver as they enjoyed the moment. Me in my car, vicariously enjoying the moment with them, almost a bit voyeuristic but with joy emanating all around.
What made you smile today?
I return to the office where I do monthly coaching sessions with my tech services dudes. I’ve been working with them for over three years now and have seen a lot of changes. As I walked through the corridor I see a few guys from another department who I don’t recognise. One is exclaiming how fresh and beautiful his sandwich is, that he wants to get another. They see me, look slightly awkward and make way for me to pass through. One says a hearty hello to me, tho we’ve never met.
His positivity stayed with me for several minutes afterward. And still, as I recall the interaction as I wait for my next client, writing this to you, I’m feeling it.
These things made me smile today. Felt worth sharing. What made you smile today?
This is day 5 in 45 posts for 45 years.