Thursday, 29 November 2012

Patience is a Virtue....

In The Mummy (first one), Rachel Weisz' character, while trying to decipher some ancient Egyptian is prodded along by her brother. Amidst the chaos of his "hurry up" chatter, she says "Patience is a Virtue" in her British accent and a sing-song voice.

Now perhaps I should be quoting the bible rather than Rachel Weisz, but whenever I am frustrated and start to tell myself to relax, breathe, and have patience, her sing-song voice comes into my head...and it makes me smile.


Today I have been so frustrated, her sing-song voice has been in my head ALL DAY! Luckily I am not sick of it yet....because I've certainly needed that constant reminder.

Patience and I have had a very troubled relationship over the years. Some days, weeks, months, I am just fine and we get along swimmingly. Other times....well not so much. Those are the times when I contemplate physical violence with cartoon ferocity and then I suck in my breath and look for that good old inner strength to sustain me through the moments.

Neuroscience will tell you that when you are stressed blood flow to the frontal cortex is limited...and the frontal cortex is responsible for those reasonable and rational thoughts that we can all be capable of. As the blood is restricted we rely on our mammalian brain....that part nearer the brain stem that tells us to freeze, fight or flee. Apparently I am in the fighting mode!!

Thank goodness there is still some blood flow at the front of my brain or all hell would break lose!!

Just writing about this has brought my blood pressure down and my face out of its grimace... Patience also looks much prettier.

What do you do to stay patient?

Monday, 26 November 2012

The Dance of Life

I've taken a bit of a break for a number of months...not posting regularly. I had a bunch of quotes waiting to be used someday, so I set those up and wandered away.

However, blog or not, life and its lessons have definitely continued. I've had lots of changes in my life these past few months and became frustrated on Saturday when I felt like I'd taken some steps backward in my journey.

I've been mulling the idea of taking steps backward for the last two days...mostly with some frustration. But it just hit me.

Life is like a dance....at least my life. Sometimes I lead, sometimes I am led. Sometimes I don't feel the rhythm of the theme song of the day, other days whatever that 'song' is, my day just goes. I've finally realized that it is ok to take some steps back. Good dancers aren't always stepping forward, after all, that is what makes it a dance.

I like lessons that I discover myself.

Off to dance some more.....

Lisa


Saturday, 24 November 2012

Innovation

The intellect has little to do on the road to discovery. There comes a leap in consciousness, call it intuition or what you will, and the solution comes to you and you don't know how or why. ~ Albert Einstein

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Leadership

Wherever you go, go with all your heart. ~ Confucius

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Integrity

"I look for three things in hiring people. The first is personal integrity, the second is intelligence, and the third is a high energy level. But, if you don't have the first, the other two will kill you." ~ Warren Buffett, CEO, Berkshire Hathaway

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Leadership

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. ~ John Quincy Adams