If you could send a letter to yourself on the first day on the job in credit or collections, what would you write in it?
This is a variation on the book, “Dear Me,” with the question “If you could send yourself a letter aged 16, what would you write?” An interesting question and the book is a collection of just such letters written by 75 of the world’s best-loved personalities. There is a forward by JK Rowling and some of the contributors include Rowling, Hugh Jackman, Kathleen Turner, Stan Lee, Seth Green and Stephen King.
We can’t change the past, some of us might think…so why bother? Maybe, but with some reflection, I believe we can adjust the present as well as the future. There is value in self-awareness, described by some as the work before the work.
In this fast paced life of ours, at least in Canada and the U.S., naps are for kindergarten and siestas and meditation for wussies. We end up having to make decisions in a climate of stress where we have not had the chance to reflect and to recharge. When results are not immediately tangible they are not valued by others. We are not likely to be given or scheduled ‘reflection time’ by others. You have to fight for it, be stubborn, a white lie if necessary and get yourself some time. Seize the day? Perhaps that is asking too much, but how about thirty minutes. Any of us can seize a half hour!
Carpe dimidium hora
The following is the result of the half hour I seized and if you would like to share some advice you might give to yourself, please do so