Weekly Highlights #1: Murals, Surprises, Essentialism

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been struggling to post anything on Calm and Work.

So – I’m trying an experiment:  I’m going to start writing a short post to share a few of the highlights I have each week.  

Weekly Highlights for March 19th – 25th

Gratitude: My wife and I spent a few hours this weekend painting a mural on our son’s bedroom wall.  It was incredibly gratifying to spend time together creating something beautiful. Here’s the result.

Mountains beyond mountains

Valuing the unexpected.  This weekend our neighborhood hired a petting zoo for the annual“Spring Fling” party.  Two teenage girls came with a trailer full of animals and a small portable fence. My wife and I, along with all the other families in our neighborhood, went NUTS.  We were all taking pictures with the alpaca and fawning over the pygmy goats and tiny lambs; the poor teenage girls managing this scene were incredibly bored: they must have seen this play out so many times.

That is, until a particularly shaggy neighborhood dog walked up.  Then the petting zoo staff went crazy, literally panicking that they might not be able to get a selfie before the dog disappeared.  Of course, the dog’s owner was in no hurry to leave–she just wanted to see the animals in the petting zoo.

A great reminder that it’s easy to forget about the fun and excitement of the the things we see frequently.

What I read:  Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown.  This was recommended to me by a mentor.  The central idea in the book is “Less, but better.”  I loved this quote:

“The ability to choose cannot be taken away or even given away—it can only be forgotten.”

What I watched. Phil Hansen is an an artist who came to speak at a leadership meeting for my company.  His central message was to “Embrace the shake”–that embracing a limitation can open the door to more creativity and impact.

Have a great week!

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