Spaces and people

Today, I stumbled upon a quote that described a phenomenon I know well, but never quite put it so succinctly.

“It is inevitable if you enter into relations with people on a regular basis…that you will grow to be like them. Place an extinguished piece of coal next to a live one, and either it will cause the other one to die out, or the live one will make the other reignite. … If you consort with someone covered in dirt you can hardly avoid getting a little grimy yourself.” — Epictetus

“Where” and “with whom has defined more success stories than anything else.

I am thankful for the spaces and people that have nurtured me so far.

A promise kept

Today, I kept my promise to some kids that have become my buddies.

We were supposed hangout at an ice cream parlor last weekend, but I was occupied. This weekend was even more packed, but I found a way.

Not keeping my word is a burden too great for me to bear.

I am thankful that my day was made lighter by a promise kept.

Unusual reminder

Today, I almost forgot to write my daily reflection.

I got distracted by the many commitments on my plate.

I only remembered as I was filtering through the highlights of my day for this gratitude journal.

I am thankful for this unusual reminder.

Future shapers

Today, I woke up to find I was tagged in a post by Fate Foundation as one of its mentors.

I shy away from social media publicity, but seeing it made me feel good.

The real super heroes are the mentees, braving the macro and micro economic environment, to deliver innovative solutions that exceed customer expectations.

Last year, my mentee (Nkechi Idinmachi of Machi Foods) was one of five winners of the Orange Corners Innovation Fund, and only female of the five.

This year, we go again.

I am thankful for the opportunity to share and grow spaces with future shapers.

This moment

Today, I visited Facebook and was reminded of a post I made on this day in 2014 –

“I’ve made alota really poor choices, and some truly remarkable ones. The poor ones keep me humble, and the remarkable ones keep me hopeful.”

Some of the poor choices I was thinking about in the post, turned out to be remarkable, and some of the remarkable ones turned out otherwise.

If you live long enough, peaks and valleys merge into a flux. Celebrate both, because you never know.

I am thankful for life in this moment. Everything before now perfectly designed it for me.

The most important unknowns

Today, I attended a training by a shopfloor teammate on “the most important unknowns.”

They are the most important people in our space that we often forget to connect with. Security guards, caterers, cleaners… The people we notice when they withdraw their service, yet ignore when they serve.

Understanding how important they are will make us care more for them and their well being. It starts with even knowing their names.

I am thankful for the important unknowns. The people that do thankless jobs with a smile.

Auto-resolve

Today, I noticed a cousin had started dropping motivational quotes. I immediately knew heartbreak had been uploaded.

When I tried to call him, he did not pick. He never likes to give others the joy of laughing at him.

Strangely, everyone but you knows who is right for you and who is wrong for you. You just pray you are humble enough to listen early, before you are neck deep in sunk cost.

From my experience, what helps is to keep your intention public at the start. This way, those who might know better will have their say. Then, go private when you actually start dating.

You really do not want to start fighting everybody on things you should have known from the start.

Anyway, my cousin knew he was on a long thing for quite a while, but like me, he was stubborn in his choices.

I am thankful that things somehow resolve themselves, in spite of us.

Rest

Today, I rested.

Most Sundays I am either mentally occupied reviewing my week or preparing for a new week.

Cheers to weekends that help me unplug and reconnect, feeling brand new.

I am thankful for the refreshing power of rest.

Sweet treats

Today, I happened upon a really cool ice cream parlour.

I noticed there were a lot more adults indulging than kids.

Just one taste and it became clear I needed to forget the address, before all my loose change gets lost here.

Some people just know how to get the job done, without noise.

I am thankful for occasional sweet treats.

Mentors

Today, I talked to a mentor who always makes me feel there is still space to raise the bar.

Mind blown at possibilities.

I get high on how much more needs to be done.

I am thankful for mentors my grandmum gave me for free.