So many things to be grateful for!
Like many of you reading this e-note, I have a house to live in, food to eat, people who care about me, am not afraid of being arrested if I speak my mind…the list could go on.
Yet, even with this abundance, I – like you – have tough days, challenges.
Last month when an executive asked me to offer a short retreat for her leadership group, I asked, “What do your people need?” She paused, sighed, then said, “It’s crunch time. Myself and others are facing cuts…We have to make tough decisions… we need clarity and calm…”
I hadn’t offered an in-person presentation since pre-Covid so I needed to refresh myself. Would the Oasis strategies still work in turbulent 2023? I picked up the 2nd edition of my Oasis book, felt the soft cover, went slowly through the pages, got to the end, and marveled, “Geez, this is really a good book!” I’ll admit I’m biased. I recalled when I was working on the final draft, a colleague said somewhat sneeringly, “Mil, there are books with 96 strategies. You have only four!” My reply? “Yes. That’s why I have only four. I want people to know them, do them, remember them.”
The retreat afternoon came. I brought my bowl of stones to the event. We took time to say what we wanted, I led the 14 folks through the four Oasis Strategies as they practiced them with each other. Their written comments after our time together assured me that they got it:
- “All useful. Skills are very practical”
- “…helped me achieve peace”
- “Strategies I can practice at home”
- “Simple techniques for returning to present moment”
Yea, Oasis is still useful! A relief for me after taking the year off to deal with cancer (I am healing!)
Oasis will have another opportunity to help people this month. I’m the lead-off speaker via zoom for the Annual Conference of Kappa Gamma Pi. The topic they chose? Tips for Staying Sane in a Crazy World.
Wherever you are now, whatever your personal overwhelm may be, take a few minutes to stretch, breathe, and acknowledge what you are grateful for. When you finish that, do the Preventive 3-Breath-Countdown in today’s Oasis Sanity Tip.
I am grateful for my life and for my connection with you. Keep on taking good care of you.