I often think about why is it that the beginning of the year is always much more pleasant and relaxing than the rest of the year. Most of us start the new year with a lot of work, planning the year ahead requires creativity and dedication. But why is it that the beginning is always far better, people you meet are happier; some even have that extra skip in their walk. Come November, it is such a ‘Thursday’ of the year, with all of us barely surviving and looking forward to the year’s end already.
A well-rested mind my friends is what makes us happy. A happy heart is what makes us be ambitious about how we will work throughout the rest of the year. Rest is not just in terms of returning from a long home leave. Rest is being at peace with one’s own self.
This year, whatever is left of it anyways – can we all try and not greet each other with ‘So how are you – busy?’ I often find this statement very amusing – the person asking the question always assumes that on your behalf already, with the risk that if you dare say you are not busy actually, might be held against you. So let’s try this again today, ‘How are you?’ *insert pause* let’s allow the other person to come up with their own update. Great social experiment I tell you, and no, you are not allowed to answer with ‘busy’. Let’s dig out other nice adjectives!
As part of the ADB cohort taking this Breakthrough leadership course this year, if there is one take away for me it is this: Find that ‘Extra’ in the Ordinary around us. As we push the mundane life of going about our business – let us all stay positive. Let us be a kind mentor to those working in our teams, and a supportive aide to those leading us. It is not always possible to find one’s ideal and interests in our work or personal life but let us all try and make the best of what we are given. Instead of complaining about the bureaucracy within the institution, or the complexities of managing relationships – let’s reflect on how we can be a better version of our own selves. Let us all be more people-oriented, be courteous at the minimum to each other, and if we can manage to keep a smile on our face despite the workload, then to me, we stand as a winner in this year’s run!