In an ever tighter economy and constant media images of the rich and famous, living in Britain is becoming very similar to living in America. People trapped in a perpetual consumerism, money grabbing and overspending practices to feel a measure of success while others recede into deeper poverty. But there’s another way! A more sustainable, calmer and more loving way to be productive in my view and that’s what I’m advocating in my first book Get Productive! A way that calls on people to have more courage to find success and contentment on their own terms.
Yesterday, was the best day of this week. I went to work and was greeted by friendly colleagues with a smile. I was content. I got a lot done in spite of battling a bad summer cold and feeling tired. Throughout the day, I was able to reconnect with a couple of people from two of my developmental programmes and take part in the success they realise this year. They shared their good news and thanked me for our work together. I was happy with them thought as a coach one always knows it is the client that is doing majority of the hard work. Each day, you put yourself on the line and dig deeper for courage, resilience, clarity and drive to pursue your vision, you are a Hero. On the way home, I saw three friends from my neighbourhood. Loving embraces followed as we greeted each other and inquired about our lives offering support and help. And again I felt content. And it was a gorgeous afternoon too. The perfect day to take time out and have a nice coffee in the sun at 6:30 in the afternoon and love being alive. And I did. And in that moment, I realised yet again what has been true for me for a long time now. Productivity is not about the highest paycheck. Hey if that was the case my path would have been very different. Productivity is about being content, feeling sufficiently taken care of to be ok and to be generous to others with your services, heart and time.
As I was falling asleep last night having worked, having connected genuinely with people and having experienced love, I smiled to myself. I felt truly lucky.
If you are reading this blog, I wish you similar days without end. Days where you feel surrounded and cushioned by the love and support of your friends and loved ones. Days where you get to do what you love and what you’re good at. Days when your heart is open and full of love and peace so that you inspire others to heal. Days when you wake up with as smile and conviction that your life is beautiful and good for you just as it comes.
Choose to be content on your good days. Don’t waste them away by dreaming of some imaginary future where your life is ‘better’. If you are happy in the moment, then by definition your life is just as it should be. Stay present to what you have now. Take that energy of contentment and apply it towards other days where you feel wanting. Let it light up the darkness of confusion and struggle. Let it remind you that life has inherent significance. You matter most to others as you are. Not the richer you, the fitter you, the more accomplished you. Reach out with your humanity and touch others. Connect with people genuinely, authentically and deeply. Make someone else’s day special and loving and experience productivity on a different plane.