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Learning to Give Thanks!

posted 29 Nov 2010, 14:25 by Mpelembe   [ updated 29 Nov 2010, 14:26 ]

I was leaving home.

The deal was that my parents would support me until I
finished my first degree and then I was on my own.  It
seemed more than fair to me.    And as I had made the
decision to study overseas, I was given an allowance for the
whole year, I had to manage it and make it last.   It was in
the days before mobile phones, internet and the expectation
that when your child sneezes you'll be there ready with a
tissue, cough medicine and an appointment with the doctor
and homeopath!

It was in the days when a child decides to study abroad,
tickets are booked, bags are packed and there is a teary
goodbye with a promise to write often and try to call from a
public phone box sometime in the first two weeks.   It sounds
shocking to me now that I have my own kids and rarely let
them out of my sight!    I was only 18 and I have to admit,
I did pretty well.   I was careful with my allowance and
when it finally did run out, I got a job that kept me going
until I could use my return ticket and go home for the
summer holidays.

My parents were proud!   And as I look back I understand
that it was a wonderful l experience that definitely led me
to where I am right now - independent, strong, ambitious and
expert in managing my life and constantly reaching to achieve
my greatest goals and dreams.   And yet, here I am, years
later, dependent. And I mean SUPER-dependent.

But, I'm not talking about money, I'm talking about
technology.   It's not that I'm hooked on gadgets (though I
have to admit there are a few that take my fancy!), it's
that my whole business is reliant on the technology working.
 And that can be super-challenging!   When it works, it's a
wonder beyond belief or imagination.   When it doesn't work,
it can be hell.   Over the last few months, I've started
realizing that part of my frustration with not-always
functioning technology is the feeling of being dependent.
 And the truth is, there's not much I can do about it given
that I have chosen to build my business on-line.

 I get to tap into the phenomenal resources available  to
be anywhere and do anything and reach the whole  world, but
that means I have to depend on technology!   So, seeing that
we are the week of giving thanksI have decided to challenge
myself to find 5 ways I can give thanks to technology and
how it serves my business.

So here goes, I give thanks -

1. For being able to talk to family, friends and clients at
any time no matter where they are in the world!

2. For having access to information on any subject I may be
interested in learning about or want to research, at the tip
of my fingers!

3. For being able to see places that I want to visit and
learn all about them long before I ever book a ticket!

4. For being able to watch business builders and coaches out
there, and learn from the people who are doing such great
things in the world

5. To be able to serve my clients all over the world in
seamless, inexpensive, creative and effective ways

Well, I don't know about you, but I'm convinced.   Next time
a system crashes or an email loops, I'm going to take a deep
breath and give thanks!

 Have a wonderful week and remember to give thanks to the
very things that we take most for granted!

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