What are the values you have? Do these match those you are working with and leading? How do these values work together to serve your organization?

Are values important? Do they have an impact on what you do?

This past week I posted a message about being careful of not depleting your energy and making sure others around you are adding value to your life. I have also posted a message about the choices everyone makes and the importance of teaching these to students.

I was told once that I may have small-town values in my writing. I am not sure if that is the case or if the need for values does.

Often you hear individuals, organizations, companies, and schools say: “I/We have a strong foundation of ______which we are built on that makes me/us strong.”

If we visit the core of who we are, what we do, and why we exist, the values reveal themselves and reflect a strong foundation that is very similar. So the values are a not small town, but American.

It is essential to go back to visit the foundation of the how and why of our development. Sticking to your foundation of values is vital.

This goes with my blog post today. So happy to see this land in my email box this morning. Trust matters!

For the last decade of work, I had a longer commute to work. I could use this time to prepare my mind for the day ahead, looking through the windshield at all the possibilities. As my day completed, I could look back through the rearview mirror, leaving behind issues I could handle tomorrow as I reminded myself of all we accomplished today and the work at home ahead as I turned back to the road ahead. I rarely spent enough time holding the mirror in my hands to reflect on my personal needs. Do you have a reflection time set aside? Which mirror or mirrors do you use?

Windshield Questions

The best time to reflect on the beginning to the start of your day is your commute. Maybe your commute is a short one; you travel in a different way to get to work or not at all. Take a few minutes each morning to reflect on how to approach your day.

Maybe you want to pose one of these questions to yourself or to your team to think about.

Rearview Mirror Questions

We can pack up our belongings and head home. There is no need to take all of the unfinished business home to do because it will greet you in the morning. Trying to overdo it each day will cause severe health issues over time. Complete what is essential and take time to unwind, rewind and refresh.

Spending time with family, friends, and faith is needed to help your mind, body, and soul recover from a hard work day. Asking yourself these questions on the commute home will provide a time of reflection on all you accomplished in the day. In addition, reflection helps you learn to let go of what you cannot control.

Handheld Mirror Questions

It is never easy to look at yourself and determine the areas you need to improve because you have fears and do not always provide the best-unbiased opinions. I know I have said, “I don’t do that.” The harsh truth is sometimes hard to swallow, but to make the growth we need, we must be honest. So asking these questions will only hurt you in asking and answering. But once we can identify issues, we can find solutions.

Taking time to use questions to ask yourself and others is an integral part of reflection. Seeking to understand and then working to develop plans for improvement drives growth. Action steps taken keep us moving forward in the direction of our mission and vision. Success is achieved when we actively work to grow, improve and develop.

Gulf Shores Alabama, evening walk on the beach. September 14, 2022

“I didn’t think about my lady
I know that sounds kinda mean
, But me and my old lady
Had fallen into the same old dull routine

So I wrote to the paper
Took out a personal ad
And though I’m nobody’s poet
I thought it wasn’t half bad”

Rupert Holmes wrote and sang Escape as it became a hit in 1979. It is based on a true story if you google to ask the question. But my question is, who does not need to escape for just a few minutes, hours, days, or weeks? Taking a little time to escape helps you to get to the roots of who you are, where you have been, what you have learned, and how you are going to continue to grow.

Each year we take a scheduled break to now a familiar place. It makes it a better visit when you begin to know your way around and can venture out to explore other areas. We found new places we did not see during our first visit. But one thing remained the same; the calmness found when listening to the waves and looking out to the beauty of the gulf.

During the moments of peace, your mind can settle long enough to catch up with your thoughts. Instead of responding or reacting to everything, time to think through and transfer the information gathered into a decision not reflected in quick emotional situations.

Have you read the book, How do you kill 11 Million People? By Andy Andrews? He is in the area I visited, and I was able to pick up one of his signed books. I have all his books, and I encourage you to read them.

How do you kill 11 Million People, released in January of 2012. This is the book overview listed on www.thriftbooks.com, where you can pick up a copy.

How do you get away with the murder of 11 million people? The answer is simple--and disturbing. You lie to them. Learn how you can become an informed, passionate citizen who demands honesty and integrity from your leaders. In this nonpartisan New York Times bestselling book, Andy Andrews emphasizes that seeking and discerning the truth is of critical importance and that believing lies is the most dangerous thing you can do. You'll be challenged to become a more careful student of the past, seeking accurate, factual accounts of events that illuminate choices our world faces now, by considering how the Nazi German regime was able to carry out over eleven million institutional killings between 1933 and 1945, Andrews advocates for an informed population that demands honesty and integrity from its leaders and each other. Does this short, thought-provoking book pose questions like What happens to a society where truth is absent? How can we tell the difference between the "good guys and the "bad guys"? How does the answer to this question affect our country, families, faith, and values? Does it matter that millions of ordinary citizens aren't participating in the decisions that shape the future of our country? Which is more dangerous: politicians with ill intent, or the too-trusting population that allows such people to lead them? This is a wake-up call: we must become informed, passionate citizens or suffer the consequences of our ignorance and apathy. We can no longer measure a leader's worth by the yardsticks provided by the left or the right. Instead, we must use an unchanging standard: the pure, unvarnished truth.

I enjoyed being disconnected from the devices and media and enjoying the nature provided to me. My thoughts provided me with opportunities to think about many things. Now it is time to put all of those thoughts together to share.

What thoughts do you have you would like to share? Any places you recommend to escape to? We love the Gulf Coast! My favorite place to escape to is my back porch! It is even better if my grandchildren are with me!

"I only have 2 rules!"
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