Category Archives: “Insider in the Business”
Our ability to connect with other people comes from the way we hold them in our hearts. Even though it may be daunting at first to greet strangers from the heart, once we recognize we’re all part of the universe & that we’ll have similar wants, needs & problems, it becomes easier to reach out in a friendly and gracious manner. This means the more open, loving & receptive we are to others, the more responsive they’ll be to our kindness & the more likely we’ll be to establish a kind rapport with one another. Showing others your heart will fill all your interactions with warmth & consideration.
One way to practice generosity is to give energy where it is needed whether that is in the form of time, money or love.
The most difficult time to be generous is when we ourselves are feeling poor. While some of us have experienced actually being in the red financially, there are those of us who would feel broke even if we had a million dollars in the bank. Either way, as the old adage goes, it’s always in giving that we receive. Meaning, when we’re living in a state of lack, the very gesture we may least want to give is the very act that could help us create the abundance we seek. One way to practice generosity is to give energy where it’s needed. Giving money to a cause or person in need is one way to give energy. Giving attention, love, or a smile to another person are other acts of giving we can offer. After all, there are people all over the world that are hungry for love.
Sometimes, when we practice generosity, we practice it conditionally. We might be expecting to “receive back” from the person to whom we gave. We might even become angry or resentful if that person doesn’t reciprocate. However, trust in the natural flow of energy & you’ll find yourself practicing generosity with no strings attached. This is the purest form of giving. Remember what you send out will always come back you. Selflessly helping a friend in need without expecting them to return the same favor in the same way & know that you, too, will receive that support from the universe when you need it.
Besides, while giving conditionally creates stress (because we are waiting with an invisible balance sheet to receive our due), giving unconditionally creates & generates abundance. We give freely, because we trust there’s always an unlimited supply.
Being aware of how much we’re always supported by the universe is one of the keys to abundance & generosity. Consciously remember the times you’ve received support from expected & unexpected sources. Remember anyone who has helped you when you’ve needed it most & bless all situations that come into your life for the lessons & gifts they bring you. Remember, all things given and received emanate from generosity. Giving is an act of gratitude. Plant the seeds of generosity through your acts of giving & you’ll grow the fruits of abundance for yourself & those around you.
Defining objectives in our relationships can help us to create more meaningful connections. We may not always feel our relationships need to have an objective past the simple ability to share experiences, but, choosing to give our connections a purpose can enrich them beyond measure. By being clear about what we hope to gain from our relationships, we’ve a stronger awareness of the actions we need to take to meet our needs. Likewise, considering what we can offer the people in our lives can help us to feel more proactive in creating harmonious connections. As a result, our relationships become purposeful vehicles for creating more joy in our lives. With a clear objective in mind, you can attract the types of relationships that enrich your experiences today & every day.
Ever notice of those you know that the person with that innate ability to creatively work items into their home, wardrobe, offie space, &tc., are the very same people who have the knack for throwing cool gatherings with just the right mix of people, food & drinks? It’s true! If you find yourself having difficulty creating joy & harmony in your personal or work relationships, why not try “mixing it up” in your home? Or, try out a fresh & unexpected outfit / accessory combo? Beginning to practice clarity with both your personal relationships, as well as in your personal style will have you in expert territory in no time flat. Pretty soon, you’ll be throwing the killer soires!
Guy de Maupassant certainly has one view of “the bed.” The fact that he died at a young age after ongoing struggles with both physical and mental health kind of makes one think he probably spent a fair amunt of time in bed. Though, in one way, this kind of makes him an expert on the subject.
So, what does your bed really reveal about you? Think nothing? Think again. According to Cosmo:
Less is More?
If you’re into a minimalist look, you’re likely open-minded. Your bed mimics your Zen & unfussy attitude. The straightforward style shows you are direct and say what’s on your mind.
Cozy & Chill?
A style all about physical & emotional comfort shows you’re sentimental and loyal. Items like old quilts say your relationships, especially with friends, are important to you.
Girly & Chic?
A feminine bed suggests you crave feeling pampered & the bold colors say you’re outgoing. The eye-catching details indicate you thrive as the center of attention.
All Jumbled Up?
A rumpled bed indicates you’re a bit disorganized. But your messiness also means you don’t sweat the small details (like matching your sheets) & tend to be spontaneous.
Forget what you’ve heard about the eyes being the window to the soul. The bed you sleep in is the window. Your bed shows your personality, habits, hygiene & most of your irritating little idiosyncrasies. Your bed speaks volumes. Of course, we’re operating on the given that you hopefully have a bed. And, if you’re like us, you probably spend as much of your life as possible in that bed. And, what better way to get to know someone than to study the space they spend their unconscious time in? Whether you smother your bed in nice, fluffy pillows or strip it down to the bare minimals, a lot can be learned about you from your bed.
What is yours revealing?
Well, at least if you want to be paid. In the meantime, for those in design professions, we can all commiserate about the plain old stupidity of some clients. Thankfully, there’s a website that allows us to do just that. The following pearls of wisdom appear courtesy of Clients From Hell:
“The artwork is approved, but we need to replace the skeleton, we think it might be homosexual, and that could ostracize the audience, it’s a very masculine industry.”
“Make it more good.”
I had a client that requested we meet in his kitchen. Halfway through our meeting, he excused himself to go to the bathroom but left the door open so we could continue to talk. I charged extra for that meeting.
“My wife really hates blue. So does my secretary.”
“When I get a business card this size (not 3.5 x 2 inches), I think that that person is a fag.”
“Can you make the circles a little bit rounder?”
“It seems to be taking a long time. Would it be quicker if I came down and sat with you guys through it all?”
“You’re gonna charge $400 for that? Aren’t you from India? What’re you going to do with $400?!”
“Can you bill your design time in 6 minute increments”
“I’m pretty broke right now.”
For loads more frustrating fun, make sure you check out Clients From Hell (and submit your own horror stories!). Do you have your own frustrating design horror stories?