While this blog post is not really connected to November 11, and the Poppy, I have chosen its image as a reminder of the many people who paid and continue to pay the ultimate price for the freedom we so often take for granted. In their honour, I ask that you take a brief moment (less than 11 minutes) to read and understand the significance of this memorable poem written by Lt. Colonel John McCrae of the Canadian Army. In Flanders Field.
That said, today being 11/11/11, appears to have a significance of its own for many people and what’s going to happen after this date. An extract from the following blog post: The Aquarian Shift: What Will be Different in Our World After November 11, states:
“You are ready to accept that you have the knowledge and wisdom within yourself. It is no longer necessary to attach to something outside yourself, but to become a leader of one: yourself. Instead of being a railroad car that is pulled by an engine, you become your own engine. It is your responsibility to stay on the tracks and to keep moving forward.”
Here are 11 things you can do to show you are, indeed, ‘leader of one – yourself’ – and that you have the courage to ‘become your own engine’:
- “Greet your friends with a smile, and put soul into every handclasp.” – Elbert Hubbard
- Show appreciation to those who have fought and continue to fight for world peace.
- Learn to say “Thank You” in 11 different languages.
- Pick up the phone and make one of those cold calls you’ve been procrastinating about.
- Take 11 minutes out of your 15-minute break and mentor someone.
- Randomly select 11 people from any of your LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter or Google+ accounts, and send them a message to say how glad you are to have them in your network.
- Take an 11-minute mind break to be alone with yourself. Even if you are in an office full of people, just take the time to be quiet.
- Send a motivational quote, a tip or a favourite recipe to 11 people in your address book.
- Write down 11 accomplishment statements you could use to improve your resume.
- Write down 11 interview questions that you struggle to answer.
- Send a LinkedIn invitation to 11 people with whom you would like to connect.
Happy 11/11/11, and to whatever significance you attach to it, if any.