Four Things For Friday No.6

 

Each Friday, I share “Four Things For Friday” that are a collection of things I’ve seen, heard, or experienced during the week. Thoughtfully chosen, and intended to spark your curiosity, imagination, or inspiration. HAPPY EXPLORING!

 
 
Grand Central Terminal - Met Life Building Lobby Renovation

Grand Central Terminal - Met Life Building Lobby Renovation

What Caught My Eye?

New York City is a bright, vibrant, hectic, and busy city. It’s easy to miss details, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed because this is a place that has so much stimulation for your senses you can be overloaded at times.

However, there are constant inspirations at every turn. You never quite know what you are going to see and you never quite know when inspiration will strike.

There are moments that stop me in my tracks. This sign did. At Grand Central Station the Met Life building has some renovation work going on, and this sign caught my attention.

“58 Stories. Tales of human ambition, floor by floor.”

What a powerful and simple statement. My mind found itself imagining all the characters that will, or do, work on each of those 58 floors. All those individuals with dreams, hopes, ambitions and they all have stories to tell, experiences to recount, and every single one of them makes their mark in the world, whether they realize it or not.

 
 
 
The French Quarter. Charleston, SC.

The French Quarter. Charleston, SC.

Where did I travel this week?

Charleston, South Carolina. My first visit (and certainly not my last) to Charleston. What a beautiful city it is it. Such warmth from the people that live there to the weather.

I found myself on a whistle stop tour (and yes I did have fried green tomatoes) to Charleston for work. No matter how short or long, I am always deeply grateful to travel whether it’s personal or professional. I am inspired by traveling and seeing new places, meeting people, and finding the treasures of a place. Charleston was no exception.

Wherever I travel to I always try to make time for unplanned exploring. It sparks my creativity, gives my mind time to see things differently, and gives it the opportunity to play and strengthen its spontaneity muscle. My mind is reminded that it can’t control everything, it learns to relax into letting go, and going with the flow. Trusting that I’ll see what I’m suppose to see and be inspired in new ways.

I walked 10 miles weaving in an out of the historic district. I like to be outside, the air and movement feels good. I find myself processing thoughts without actively thinking about them. I notice buildings and architectures, I see how the lines, shapes and colors all interplay with each other, and then I see the bigger picture, the context of where the buildings are, what their history is, and I find myself wondering about the people that live and work there. If the weather is accommodating it might paint a beautiful backdrop of sweeping clouds to give me memories of a place that will last a lifetime.

 
 
 
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What new app did I discover?

Vision Pursue. This is an app that helps you train your mind into a performance mindset. Who wouldn’t want that?! With the right mental training you can experience more inner peace, fulfillment, and inspiration in spite of your current external circumstances. The masters at Vision Pursue call this Performance Mindset™

I’ve started using the app and I’ve committed to at least 30 days of habit shifting mindset work. I’m excited and intrigued all in one, and since Birch Cove is all about uncovering the wonders of thoughtfulness this is an app we are excited about.

 

Who inspired me.

Melissa. For now you can just know Melissa as Melissa. She is a kind and gentle human. Actually I might go as far as saying she may even be a human unicorn!

When you meet and connect with people who are truly special, who are treasures because of their spirit, perspectives, insights, and their being, it is soul fueling.

These connections don’t occur often or too regularly, and that’s what makes them special. When you do experience it I am reminded of the tremendous power of what true connection is. You share stories, experiences, and insights with each other and you willingly give your time.

I am reminded of how throughout life we always have the opportunity of meeting people. People ebb and flow into our lives at different times for different reasons, they come in and they go out. Being open to the pleasure of meeting new people, making new connections, investing in long and older friendships and relationships, and inspiring a connected community is something special and an experience I remain so appreciative of.

The world is full of amazing people and I was lucky to spend time with one this week.

Who inspired you this week?