“Act as if what you do makes a difference, it does.” – William James

Positive Quote: “Act as if what you do makes a difference, it does.” – William James

“Will you or won’t you have it so?’ is the most probing question we are ever asked; we are asked it every hour of the day and about the largest as well as the smallest, the most theoretical as well as the most practical, things. We answer by consents or nonconsents and not by words. What wonder that these dumb responses should seem our deepest organs of communication with the nature of things. What wonder if the effort demanded by them be the measure of our worth as human beings. What wonder if the amount which we accord of it were the one strictly underived and original contribution which we make to the world.” ~ William James, The Principles of Psychology

These quotes remind me of many a movie where someone believes their presence does not matter, that life would be better without them or that they are inconsequential. It also reminds me of people I know, have known, or once was.

We all matter; we all make a ripple in the pond of life. We all impact those around us and sometimes those we have never met before.

I am reminded that each action or non-action I take is making a difference, it makes a ripple. It works to alter my point of view at times, as I do not know what others are going through or feeling and perhaps I am not the cause of their frustration or negativity. I can choose to be positive, smile, and do my best.

What do you think?

Have a terrific Tuesday.

Priscilla

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“Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Positive Quote: “Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

This quote reinforces that we only have one of us. There is only one Priscilla. It helps remind me to accept myself for who I am and to strive to be a better me.

It also has me thinking on the recent Supreme Court ruling last week. I think June 26th is a day many people will always remember. When I heard and read about it, I will admit I got teary. I think it is wonderful. I was talking to my daughter about it that evening. She is 17 now and has her own opinions on life that don’t always coincide with her mom’s (mine). Yet, in this instance we were both very happy. I told her that I did not know if I would see this day occur in my lifetime. I wonder what she will experience in her lifetime. Will the days of prejudice be a memory and something that is reviewed in history lessons to show young people how far we have come and reinforce why we should never go back? I don’t know. Yet, I do know that today, today, this week, this month, this year, I will be happy, optimistic, and thankful that I did experience this day. I do know that it probably isn’t over; people will try to reverse it. We may see a side of people we did not know existed. We may lose friends and be disappointed by them and by family. I wish it were not so, yet I think it may be. Yet, through it all, I will be optimistic that this is a step, one of many to come and who knows how the future will evolve.

As each day marches on, I will make the most of myself, I will be true to myself, and I will greet each day with optimism…for I know that the future is bright (and colorful).

What do you think of this quote?

Have a marvelous Monday.

Priscilla

“We do not know the true value of our moments until they have undergone the test of memory. Like the images the photographer plunges into a golden bath, our sentiments take on color; and only then, after that recoil and that trans-figuration, do we understand their real meaning and enjoy them in all their tranquil splendor.” – Georges Duhamel

Positive Quote: “We do not know the true value of our moments until they have undergone the test of memory. Like the images the photographer plunges into a golden bath, our sentiments take on color; and only then, after that recoil and that trans-figuration, do we understand their real meaning and enjoy them in all their tranquil splendor.” – Georges Duhamel

This quote reminds me that when I am living, making memories, and in the moment…that I do not know the true value of that moment in my life until later. It makes me wonder what I will truly remember as time passes, as I age, and I get older and perhaps (hopefully) wiser.

What do you think of this quote?

Have a tremendous Tuesday and here is to making each moment a positive memory.

Priscilla

“If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to it.” – Jonathan Winters

Positive Quote: “If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to it.” – Jonathan Winters

Have you ever wondered if you were doing everything you could to be successful? I do, I ask myself if I am becoming too comfortable or not reaching out to enough people.

I learned early in life that waiting for someone one or something to knock on your door or to hand something to you was a rarity. That yes, people can bring things to your attention, or show you the path, or many other things, but they cannot do it for you. You have to reach out, embrace, or chase that which is important to you. It has to become a priority for yourself before it will be viewed as your priority by others.

I like this quote in that it reminds me that we all must take action in our lives. Living is not a passive thing.

What do you think of this quote?

Have a marvelous Monday and here is to taking action in our own lives.

Priscilla

“Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.” – William Faulkner

Positive Quote: “Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.” – William Faulkner

This quote helps remind me that life is not always a competition with you against others or the world. It can and should be a competition against yourself. Can you be a better you?

In the work world, I try my best not to compare myself against my peers or those that had my job before me, as I am not them. What I do instead is reflect on the current environment, use that as an indicator of what is and strive to make my surroundings, my area of responsibility, and my team better. In 6 months to a year, I want to be able to look back and say, yes, we are better today than we were then and then keep that going so that there is no standing still. One can always evolve in small, medium, and large ways as individuals and as a team and as a company. In my opinion, the failure to continually push oneself to be better can lead to stagnation and being less nimble and agile.

On a personal/work area, each year in the summer my husband and I write down 2-3 medium to large goals that we want to accomplish in the coming year. These could be personal as well as professional. Then the next summer, we review the list and talk about ways to accomplish anything we did not. Stepping back and taking time to think about yourself, where you are in life, and what you want to accomplish, to me, is a vital part of achieving happiness and satisfaction in life.

For example, many years ago, I attended a conference where the guest speaker was extremely motivational. She happened to be Hispanic (like me) and some of the things she mentioned really resonated with me. I left that conference asking myself, am I adding value to my community, to others, to myself? It helped me step back and reprioritize where I was spending my team. Today, I can look back and know that I am adding value. Could I do more, absolutely, we all could. Yet focusing on these topics helps bring me inner peace and happiness.

What do you think of this quote?

Have a marvelous Friday.
Priscilla

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” – Henry David Thoreau

Positive Quote: “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” – Henry David Thoreau

Looking and seeing, those can be two different things in many ways. You can look at something, say a park and mentally you know what it is, a park, and you have certain assumptions tied to it based on your own experiences or things you have seen…

• Children play there
• Picnics happen there
• Parties happen there
• Kites are flown there, etc…

Yet, most of that is internal thought processes based on your initial look. One can look and move on to something else in a matter of seconds.

However, seeing, seeing takes more internal engagement. It takes stopping and seeing

• Are there children playing, how many and what age range
• What are people doing, how high is the kite flying or is it stuck in a tree
• Does the picnic have a piñata

When you see, it becomes more personal.

I can equate this to the workplace as well. I fill up a pitcher of water each morning. When I do this I have to walk across the span of the floor I am on. I can either look around as I walk to the sink and people are working in their cubicles and/or talking. Or, I can stop and talk to people, I can say good morning, maybe someone has a new haircut or hairstyle, maybe someone has started juicing. This second way, I am connecting with people and can see them as they are that day versus looking and not seeing, and perhaps missing out on quite a bit.

What do you think of this quote?

Have a tremendous Tuesday and let’s see what is beyond the surface of a look.
Priscilla

“My responsibility is leadership, and the minute I get negative, that is going to have an influence on my team.” – Don Shula

Positive Quote: “My responsibility is leadership, and the minute I get negative, that is going to have an influence on my team.” – Don Shula

Negativity and leadership, they are like oil and water, not quite right with each other. I am not saying a leader should be positive all the time or be a cheerleader. A leader can challenge, can coach, can counsel, and can deliver a tough message, all without negativity.

I think of it like flying on an airplane. If the flight attendant starts panicking or is anything other than calm, it will have an immediate impact on the passengers. To me, leadership is like being a flight attendant, maintaining calm and being composed under pressure while taking care of issues is vital. If composure cannot be maintained, more and more of your team will stop bringing issues to you or will wait to the last minute to let you know something has gone wrong, which may have an adverse effect on being able to fix it. So, I make a concerted effort to not punish the messenger, to treat each issue with fresh eyes and to realize that my team is watching how I react, which will have an influence on them.

What do you think of this quote?

Have a marvelous Monday.
Priscilla