I feel a rush of emotions every time I hear about a devastating wildfire. 9 out of the 10 worst fires in the history of California have occurred in the past decade. So, this rush is a yearly occurrence.
The emotions that have followed after learning about the Caldor fire have been very different.
The South Lake Tahoe region has held a special place in my heart. I’ve been up those mountains multiple times every year and savored the fresh air and breathtaking beauty. And, the thought of that region in flames has felt like a punch in the gut today.
It is raining ash today in the entire region.
These fires are stark reminders of the fact that we are in a climate emergency.
I wish I had a better call to action beyond the usual – urge governments to take action, use energy wisely/switch to renewables, eat more plants, use fewer fossil fuels, and consume less.
We needed to buy a washer and dryer combination recently. The decision making involved reading through the Wirecutter page, doing a quick Google search on the one I liked the most, and placing my order. It took about 10 minutes.
This process repeats itself anytime I need to buy something for the home. I appreciate that they do the research and explain everything in simple terms. It is a product built for satisficers like me.
A realization as I’ve been working through a transition – there’s a lot written about how to approach a new job. There’s comparatively very little about how to leave a job (especially considering that happens just as often :-)).
And, yet, I’d argue that paying attention to some version of “the last 90 days” is just as important. Taking the time to say our goodbyes, writing those transition documents, and communicating consistently and clearly with those on the team all go a long way.
As humans, we remember peaks and ends. So, in the long run, how we leave a role matters just as much – if not more – as how we began it.
It is amazing how much of a difference small positive responses can make in place of some instinctive reactions.
Replacing a reaction of annoyance or an irritable look at being interrupted with a half-smile may seem small. But, such negative micro-reactions often provoke more unpleasant reactions which, in time, spark a chain of events that are significantly more negative.
John Gottman’s research team found that couples in successful marriages shared at least 5 positive interactions for every negative one.
I would posit this idea applies well beyond marriages.
And, turning the tide on our interactions by habitually replacing small negative reactions with small positive ones has an outsized effect on the positivity of our days.