Getting the sparkle back on a dull day. How?

posted Apr 2, 2014, 4:05 PM by Christa Bedwin

Woke up dispirited. I had this great free yoga vibe going. I felt like I came into this job with the ability to do Anything! Offer free yoga, inspire people to Beakerhead ( or whatever other fun might seem appropriate.

But no. Management's pressing on my head to stop doing fun stuff. Stop being so out there. Stop being so damn happy, damnit!

So okay, I stopped being happy. But you know what? That's not really me. I need to be serving others or I'm not alive. Plus, my Aspergery brain just doesn't get it. Do less? Because why? But having fun at work makes people more productive! And makes them want to come to work! And makes them happy! So. My spark was low.

So I asked my friend Sailesh at work (Sailesh is brilliant but quiet, I am very lucky that he counts me as a friend). He said, in the chat window:

any way, take things one at a time.

and I am 100% sure you will succeed.

sometime it takes a bit longer to get want you want.

but if you are right, and keep trying, you are sure to get success.

I love it how it's like he wrote in poetry. And that made me feel better.

And then I talked to Roberto (you know, and he re-inspired me all over again and he's talking about doing a joint podcast and what makes people awesome or not awesome and all that jazz. And yeah. We can do awesome.

And I heard from the senior guy in Europe who's doing articles with me and that cheered me up. And then I chatted with the colleague from Turkey and she cheered me up too. And then I got a sparkly card in the mail from my aunt who likes to make sparkly cards and that really cheered me up, funny little thing. And then I had a meeting with a senior guy that I should have arranged to meet long before now and.... see? Lots of things went right.

So one can get one's sparkle back on a dull day, especially if you have cheerful friends.

Oh. And the room-mate had built an aqueduct of toilet paper when I woke up this morning, that was pretty fun too.

Advice for... young people?

posted Mar 31, 2014, 5:30 AM by Christa Bedwin   [ updated Mar 31, 2014, 5:32 AM ]

I was updating my old web page and I found this file of advice I had written for a talk to young high school girls. I realized, hey, that's good advice! I'm going to print it and see if it inspires myself. It seems like good advice for anyone, collected from Dale Carnegie and the Doukhobours and all kinds of other people. The Desiderata slipped in there -- I must have picked that up from inspirer Georgia Nicols.

I attached the file here as a Word doc or pdf for you.

Laughter Yoga

posted Mar 21, 2014, 7:55 PM by Christa Bedwin   [ updated Mar 30, 2014, 6:35 PM ]

I work with a wonderful Icelandic guy named Hauk. He says he used to have a boss who would start every meeting with a couple of minutes of laughing.

Just in case you need to do that, here's my shot at helping. Loop this ridiculous video and play it a few times. It will probably make you laugh out loud. If it doesn't, I'll give you your money back, I promise.

ha ha ha

We all have the ability to make other people feel happier.

Just smile.

Even if you're having the worst day ever, you have the power to make someone else happy! Remember that.

:) Have a nice day.

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