KRISTINA'S WEEKLY EMAIL OF THOUGHT-PROVOKING ESSAYS & VIDEOS TO KEEP YOU CONNECTED TO YOURSELF ON THIS JOURNEY CALLED LIFE
A NOTE FROM KRISTINA:
Greetings!

I know I sound like a broken record, but every day we have more and more evidence that we are in the midst of a deeply transformative time , clearly in our country, but globally as well.

In the Q&A of my virtual talk for NYWICI last week, Using The Great Pause for Personal and Professional Development, an attendee asked what I thought the world would like once we get through this extraordinary period. It took me almost four minutes to get there, but in the end I said, "Heal your life and do your job and then we have a bright future." (You can see that clip here and access the full Zoom recording here ).

We all have work to do in this moment - we are all living and breathing and co-creating history. What is your part to play? How will you look back on this time and what will you have contributed? Which, by the way, could simply mean you took this opportunity to confront and work through whatever is coming up for you so that, as Dr. Christianne Northrop says, you can give your greatest gift to the world, which is a healed life.

Prior to the George Floyd/BLM protests, we were talking a lot about essential workers and how critical they are to the functioning of our society , which is one of the points I made in today's PGG from 2011 - and it is more clear than ever as a result of the lockdowns how often they are people of color.

Also, besides doing any sort of actual job, I remind you that smiling at strangers is a simple gesture in service to our shared humanity - and you never know how that could make the difference in someone's day.

For the PGG Video of the week I share the clip about the future of the world and your role in it, or this video where I talk about why being a comedian is an important job. For this week's Instagram post you can check out how I have helped four men and women recently "heal their life and do their job," and a reminder in this post about the stress-relieving properties of nature . Also, check out TWM's Facebook page where you can share Black authors' and thought leaders' work.

As always, please feel free to contact me with any comments about anything I'm doing.
Big hug <3 Kristina

P.S. Need a little guidance and one-on-one support at this time? For info about working with me check out the website for my individual coaching services .
Also, since I have my first group Zoom talk under my belt and we haven't been able to meet IRL, I'll be offering virtual group coaching soon, so stay tuned for details!

And in case you missed these, you can read my PGG's that specifically address the current crisis: Quality Control: How to make the best of these times of quarantine and questioning, How to cope with (and benefit from) what you can't see during the time of corona , United We Stand . and Anatomy of Awareness . You can also check out The Pain of Being which talks about the George Floyd/BLM protests. Feel free to share those links (or any others) with anyone who could benefit <3
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At Your Service
Originally published on January 18, 2011

Life’s most persistent question is: What are you doing for others? ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

One of the most common desires I hear from clients when embarking on a new career or making a transition is that they want to do something with meaning , something that helps people.

My approach is to ask them: “What is the thing that makes you, you? What you are passionate about; when do you lose track of time?” I inquire as to what their fantasy job would be, and very rarely does that answer have to do with becoming a social worker or joining the Peace Corps.

You don’t have to become the next Mother Teresa, Gandhi or MLK to make a difference and live your life in service to others. Perhaps that may be your path, but as Dr. King also said, “Everyone can be great because everyone can serve.” Running for public office or volunteering on a regular basis can certainly fill that role, but service can be expressed in myriad forms that aren’t always so obvious or grandiose. Just being yourself and doing your best at YOU allows us to benefit from whatever unique gifts and talents you possess.

When one’s work is done with love and integrity, every job is one of service. MLK day is also about celebrating diversity, which can refer to many things, including one’s occupation. Every job helps make the world go round. Whether it’s the super taking care of your building, the bus driver making sure you get to your destination safely, the guy who makes your coffee and bagel every morning, the janitor that cleans the public restrooms you use, the designer of the clothes you are wearing, the comedian that made you laugh last night, the singer whose song you enjoyed on your iPod, or the writer whose novel you devoured over the weekend — no occupation is too insignificant. As long as their work was done to the best of one’s ability , it’s easy to see how any of those people have served you on some level.

And regardless of your job, there is also the service you can provide by smiling at someone when you’re walking down the street , or showing kindness to a stranger; you’ll notice how, for moment, you made someone happy or uplifted them in some way.

The thing that I enjoy most and lose track of time doing is talking to folks about their life’s work and helping them make their everyday existence as meaningful and peaceful as possible . I would love the opportunity to help you connect the dots of your life, create more work/life balance and recognize the value in whatever you do, so just give me a buzz as I am always here, at your service.

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