Five For Today


I’m back, from Maui.  This sunrise picture was taken near the summit of a volcano – Haleakala. To get there, we had to get up at 2:30 AM, hit the road and join the parade of many others making the same pilgrimage. Our body clocks were still on eastern time, so this was like sleeping in. For the rest of the vacation, we let the body clocks slide five hours to the islands.

Speaking of five, here are five articles for your today and tomorrow.  Take some time to read about highly sensitive people, five Hawaiian words, the Stairway to Heaven, and discovering that gratitude is a behavior.

16 Habits of Highly Sensitive People by Amanda Chan of the Huffington Post.  Introversion continues to make noise for understanding. Only its not noise, nor is every statement an absolute. This article extends that conversation down another path of understanding.  By understanding other people, we learn acceptance.

Do you feel like you reflect on things more than everyone else? Do you find yourself worrying about how other people feel? Do you prefer quieter, less chaotic environments?

As with all lists, your mileage may vary.  Somethings resonate with the clarity of Tibetan chime, others are chaotic chords.

 5 Hawaiian Words to Redefine Health, Happiness and Power in Your Life, also from Huffington Post ~ Healthy Living.  One afternoon on Maui included a drive up the northwestern coast, beyond Lahaina and then even further beyond.  There was a surf beach with an overlook, enclaves of rainforest, waves thrashing against cliffs, et al.  At one of these cliffs, there was an odd sign.

This sign read, “Don’t stack the rocks, respect the aina.”  The rock stacking was easily understood.  People like to stack rocks in special places.  {I.E. The top of Cadillac Mountain, in Acadia National Park.}    Intuitively, this may be resumed as a sacred space, but the word aina was unfamiliar.  After returning to the resort, I googled it.

Aina means land. Life in Hawaii is lived outdoors — malls, homes, ofLeadfices, and even the airport are built with open-air walkways, large windows, or lanais (balconies or patios) so you’re never fully indoors. Native Hawaiians see their identities and wellbeing entwined with the land, and so respecting it and living in it are of the utmost importance

There are four other words in the article as well.  They best clarify why  the Hawaii state motto is, “The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness.”

 CHRO to CEO: Stairway to Heaven by China Gorman.

The workplace today is shifting to place greater value and more intently evaluate leaders on such areas as how they treat people, foster the right work environment, and encourage future leaders.

Yes, the end of the year is near.  December is typically a frantic month of catching up, keeping up and planning for the next year.  As part of your 2015 planning, take a few moments to both read China’s article and the referenced report “CEOs and CHROs: Crucial Allies and Potential Successors”  You may find some ideas for your better future within and between the lines.

From Sandra Abbey over on Leader Discovery Gratitude is a Behavior.

Yes, a person can feel thankful, grateful, and thoughtful toward others.  Yet if these thoughts are never expressed outwardly by behavior they mean nothing.

Sandra quotes this blog entry by Dan Rockwell to support her brief thesis. Many to most of us, self included, feel gratitude but falter at expressing.  Read Sandra’s then Dan’s blogs to overcome this reluctance.  As is stated in Dan’s blog entry, “Gratitude is a form of happiness.”   From my Tibetan prayer flags, “Happiness comes when your work and words are of benefit to yourself and others.”

After two weeks off (minus last Tuesday when I went into work), it will be good to get back to doing the great work of HR.  These words have helped the transition from the restorative sabbatical by reminding me of the great work and challenges that are ahead.

IF you were counting, there were only four source articles posted.  Nine hyperlinks are included, so four are bonuses. That’s my story and I’m stuck with it.


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