I had the most awesome day yesterday. By the end of the evening my theme for the day was Be The Change You Want To See In the World. Let me tell you how I got there.
My day started out with a Professional Dimensions lunch meeting where I was introduced to Commissioner Rocky Marcoux of Milwaukee’s Department of City Development. Rocky spent over an hour running through all of the great initiatives the city of Milwaukee has completed and has planned for the future. And when I say run, I mean run. Rocky is force to be reckoned with. He talks faster than I do when I’m excited (and take my word for it, that’s fast) and he gets more done in a day than most people get done in a week. His passion and commitment for this great city is contagious. Rocky cares deeply and his unflappable focus has already begun to move the needle. Do we still have work to do? Yes we do. Do we have the ability to do that? You bet we do! And it’s up to each and every one of us to work together to move this city forward.
As I flipped through my DVR and reflected on the energizing meeting with Rocky, I came across the PBS show Mister Rogers It’s You I Like that I recorded a couple of weeks ago. This program was hosted by Michael Keaton and featured lots of great moments from the many years that Mister Rogers aired on PBS. Fred Rogers was a unique individual and a visionary when it came to forging relationships. He believed that pretending could help us open up our imaginations and believe in ourselves. He believed in teaching kids about music and explaining how the world around us works. He took on uncomfortable topics such as divorce, racism, disabilities, birth and death and explained them in non-judgmental and simple terms that kids get. Fred Rogers was truly a kind man that wanted to see people succeed. We need to take a page from his book.
Today, I focused on being the change I want to see in the world. I smiled at strangers, said hello to my fellow yogis and told them to have a great day, and gave my neighbor a hug because her dog passed away last week. And tonight I will volunteer my time and be part of the newly formed Human Relations Commission committee in my community. I can and will make a difference because it’s important to me.
Do you know what’s important to you? How will you make a difference? If you need help figuring it out, let me know. A coaching session might be just what you need.