Monday Mottoes – #139
Probably similar to yours, my life is quite complex. Schedules, appointments, family, associates, meals, countries and continents vie for attention. So we co-coordinate, shuffle engagements, hurry up, make it happen. I realized in the early morning hours that I know how to urge someone, “Hurry!” in a good handful of languages.
Yet, no matter how over scheduled, no matter how many demands are either placed upon us (or often, we place upon ourselves!), there are times when we simply need to slow it down. Keep things simple.
I remember long ago when discussing with a foreign business associate that we were taking far too long on our “business lunch” that, in America, time equalled money. They expressed shock and were taken aback. The two gentlemen thought that such a sentiment, spoken or unspoken, was outside the pale.
For me, it seemed that it was my time and my money which was being wasted, so perhaps the fact that it was my horse in the race and not theirs tainted my feelings on the subject…. Which brings us to today’s motto:
There’s a time for lunch. As a matter of fact, I’m planning on a lovely lunch today, while loosely planning for another half a continent away sometime in the future. Lunch is not always the issue, but how you make someone feel who might be interested in things like lunch.
Tune into others today. Listen to their issues. Keep it simple. And fit in a fun lunch if at all possible.
Happy Monday, everyone!
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