The Secret to Living in Harmony – from the Bolshoi Ballet, Moscow!

How is the harmony in your relationships – your family, colleagues, clients, others?

Well, most of us struggle with that.

My wife, Mary and I spent an incredible evening at the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow hosted by a client who had us speaking at a large convention of about 12,000 business owners.

The night was magical, even though I’ve never been a ballet kind of guy.

The dancing was stunning, the artists impeccable, the venue supreme and the music breath taking.

It reminded me of George Bernard Shaws comment, “in the right key you can say anything; in the wrong key nothing. The only delicate part of life is establishing the key.”

So listening to the orchestra even while tuning up here’s what I learned. Take a look and see what you think.

  • You must listen to the people/instruments around you.
  • You need to constantly make adjustments.
  • It’s OK to get out of key but you need to quickly get back in.
  • You need to master your instrument – you listening and communication skills.
  • You need to submit to the maestro.
  • You need to practice, listen, adjust until you get in key and then work to stay in key.
  • We’re all different with differing gifts and abilities so celebrate your role and gifts and join the team in making beautiful music.

That’s my take on this. How about you?

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Stop and Smell the Roses – REALLY NOW!

Do you stop and smell the roses? REALLY?

Look, life is so busy, so crowded, so overwhelming that you just need to stop and stop often (even if it is for a few minutes every day) and smell the roses.

Here’s some thoughts ….

  • take the a short walk in the woods or around the block
  • notice a child laugh
  • utter a prayer
  • meditate on some great truth
  • really listen to someone
  • have a good belly laugh
  • smell a rose really
  • look around and enjoy the beauty of creation.

This video blog is my experience as my wife, Mary and I walked through the beautiful Gorky Park in Moscow during Fall, 2012.

Tell me what you do to smell the roses in your life.

Think and Grow Authentically Rich

What are you think about right now? What did you think about today? This week? Routinely?

I want you to learn to think deeply about life, your future, what you value, who is important in your life and the kind of impact you are having personally and professionally.

Take 30 minutes just to think about these things today. Take some notes. Come away with at least one insight about yourself, your life and/or your future.

Tell me what you learn.

Turn knowledge into wisdom!

It’s one thing to gain knowledge. That is exploding exponentially today. It’s another thing to gain understanding (how to apply knowledge). And, it is a huge thing to turn both of these into wisdom (skill and craftsmanship in living). Here are some of my thoughts here from Oxford University recently.

How are you doing in becoming a wise person – an artisan of living?

WHAT WILL MATTER…a perspective on 2011

I recently read a blog with piece from the Josephson Institute of Ethics on living for what counts. I like this. What would you add or change here?

Ready or not, some day it will all come to an end.
There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours or days.
All the things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten, will pass to someone else.

Your wealth, fame and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance.
It will not matter what you owned or what you were owed.
Your grudges, resentments, frustrations and jealousies will finally disappear.
So too, your hopes, ambitions, plans and to-do lists will expire.

The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away.
It won’t matter where you came from or what side of the tracks you lived on at the end.
It won’t matter whether you were beautiful or brilliant.
Even your gender and skin color will be irrelevant.
So what will matter? How will the value of your days be measured?
What will matter is not what you bought, but what you built;
Not what you got, but what you gave.

What will matter is not your success, but your significance.
What will matter is not what you learned, but what you taught.
What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, courage or sacrifice that enriched, empowered or encouraged others to emulate your example.
What will matter is not your competence, but your character.
What will matter is not how many people you knew,
but how many will feel a lasting loss when you’re gone.

What will matter is not your memories,
but the memories that live in those who loved you.
What will matter is how long you will be remembered, by whom and for what.
Living a life that matters doesn’t happen by accident.
It’s not a matter of circumstance but of choice.
Choose to live a life that matters.

“What Will Matter“. Michael Josephson, one of the nation’s¬†leading ethicists, is the founder of the Josephson Institute of Ethics.