Patience is a Virtue… Especially when Christmas Shopping

To all those shoppers who are rushing out to the stores to finish their shopping, scrambling to find an empty parking spot and then fighting the crowds to pick up the perfect gift and then waiting in long checkout lines to make your purchases.

Here are some keys to getting through the week-before Christmas shopping experience alive and with your dignity intact.

Preperation: Spend sometime before hand making a wish list of gifts you are looking for. If you go into the mall without a list, waiting for inspiration to hit you… it may never come. And you and the recipient of the gift may be disappointed.

Parking: Immediately, drive to the far reaches of the parking lot, park your car and walk. In many cases this will actually save you time and frustration. Instead of the endless driving that many shoppers do in trying to find the empty spot up close.

Patience: “Patience is something you admire in the drive behind you, but not in the one ahead.” -Bill McGlashen

Remember that most of the people at the Mall this week will be in the same boat. They are feeling the stress and frustration levels are heightened. This has been the cause of many embarrasing disputes between total strangers.

Politeness: You have the ability to affect the store clerks and your fellow shoppers in a positive way by remaining polite and courteous. That attitude and behaviour can help make it a better experience for all.

Happy Holidays

Motivational Quote: Challenging Times

This quote is dedicated to Ben Fanelli, a 16 year old Kitchener Rangers hockey player who was injured last night.

Here is the video of the brutal hit that put him in the hospital in critical condition, fighting for his life:

“I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure inspite  of overwhelming obstacles.” – Christopher Reeve (aka Superman)


Fred’s Fearful Encounter…continues

Here is part 2 of the story about Fred’s Fearful Encounter. To check out the beginning of the story click here:

But it wasn’t until his owner carried him into the lobby of their new apartment building that the real trouble started.

You see, the walls on the lobby were covered with mirrors, and Fred being a naive little cat, who had very little exposure to other cats, and who was also used to being the king of his household, looked into the mirrored walls, saw another cat.

Well immediately his instincts took over, and he went into attack mode.

He dug his claws into his owner, who felt the searing pain and who dropped him and then Fred proceeded to attack the first cat he saw, who to his surprise was attacking him back with equal show of force.

Well Fred, who was not experienced in the art of cat fighting, decided that retreat would be his best course of action.

But when he turned to run what do you think he saw? You guessed it another attacking cat. Well this went back and forth, back and forth for several minutes until Fred decided to run down the hall and let his owner catch him up and help him out of the situation…

Now you may think that this is just a story about a crazy cat, but it more than just that.

Poor Fred is not that much different than you or me……….

To find out why he is not much different, check out my next post…

Valuing the “Golden Moments” in our life

You could tell that she was fighting back the tears.

No, they were not tears of sadness.

No, they were not tears of shame.

But instead they were tears of joy and tears of relief.

Years of training, years of practice and years of competitions led to this moment.

This was her moment to shine.

This was the moment that Shawn Johnson, the 16 yr. old gymnast from the United States of America had dreamed about for years.

This was the moment when Shawn Johnson, the Olympic Gold Medalist in the (2008 Beijing Summer Olympics) Women’s Gymnastics Beam Event heard her national anthem being played because of her accomplishment.

Can you imagine what it would be like, if that was you?

Can you imagine how proud you would be?

Proud of the effort, proud of the accomplishment and proud of the commitment that you put into having this experience. 

I can only imagine how much I would value the experience.

“We place value on things in the same proportion as it took to acquire it.” -Richard Elmes

And I am sure that Shawn will cherish that moment for the rest of her life.

This makes me think about whether I cherish the “Golden Moments” in my life.

The “Golden Moment” when I make the big sale, the “Golden Moment” when I make the big presentation or the “Golden Moment” where I can influence others in a leadership role.

Do you cherish those “Golden Moments” in your life?

Not only when we achieve success at work, but when we achieve a success with our spouse or kids.

I think this is a lesson that most people tend to fall short of. So next time you experience a “Golden Moment” remember all the hard work that it took to get to that point. And then be like Shawn Johnson and be proud of your accomplishment. Because you deserve it.