Leveraging Responsibility

It's day two of Agile 2007 in Washington DC. I met friend Ashley Johnson in the hotel lobby at 6:20AM with a promise of a sunrise jog around the Mall and the spectacular sites there. We established a plodding pace good enough to maintain conversation, and agreed to take turns expressing first our thoughts of gratitude about our lives and then our goals, dreams, wants, and desires.

The turns went back and forth easily, sometimes building on what the other said, sometimes heading in a new direction. Amazingly we ran farther and more effortlessly than either of us expected or imagined. And we agreed it was the perfect start to the day. We plan to do it again Thursday.

I was reminded of how, when I go for my thrice-weekly long bike-rides, I do something similar, meditating first on what I'm grateful for in life and then on what I want to attract into my experience. Remember that my definition of Responsibility is "owning your power and ability to create, choose, and attract." So conscious attention on attracting the experiences I want reminds me that my thoughts do attract, even when I am not attempting to do so consciously. So it pays to know what I am attracting unconciously too!

And on those thrice-weekly long bike rides I solve so many problems and generate so many creative thoughts. How could I ever imagine that I have too much work on my desk to be able to afford the time for a long ride (or a run) when it is such a tremendous source of leverage.

To physical health, mental health, and emotional health.

P.S. I'm grateful for endorphins! 

Posted in Agile, Responsibility on 08/14/2007 07:02 am
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