Monday, September 1, 2008

It's Not Always Rainbows and Butterflies

My kids and I love the band Maroon 5. They had it blaring in the living room yesterday on Maggie's American Idol karaoke machine and I could hear them singing loudly as they played and danced. I have heard the song countless times but for some reason the following lyrics jumped out at me yesterday:

"It's not always rainbows and butterflies/It's compromising moves us along"

While I don't think life is always rainbows and butterflies, I do like to look on the brighter side. I love the second line about compromise. Compromise can be the key to living a bolder, brighter life whether at home or at work. I like to be in control in most situations and I have had to learn to be better at giving way, at making concessions and compromising. Doing so makes life brighter and easier.

Example of compromise at home: Not fighting with my daughter over hair and clothes. I let her choose what she wants to wear (she is 6 and her choices can be very interesting). She will reach a stage when her hair is important to her and looking neat has value. I can wait.

Example of compromise at work: Not making decisions alone. I don't always know best just because I own the business. I have worked hard to put the right players on the bus (if you own a business and haven't read From Good to Great, buy it today!) and I have had to learn to listen to my staff's opinions and ideas. They are usually good ones!

None of us lives in a vacuum. Only through our awareness of others and our willingness to compromise and be a part of the process can be we be truly successful and move towards a brighter, bolder life. Watch Maroon 5 on You Tube and be inspired to compromise and know that you are beautiful, too!


S. Kimzey Daniels said...

Maroon 5 always touches me, too.

Robert said...

Hi Minette,
It's the give and take in compromise that opens us up to 'possibility thinking', don't you think?
Especially if we stay open and in the moment, staying unattached to what we "think" is supposed to be or the outcome that we have already planned is the right one.
Easier said than done sometimes, ergo: "not always rainbows and butterflies"
Thanks for sharing.

Nanette Geiger said...

Forgot to sign my post.
All is well.
I'm looking forward to meeting you Monday via the wonderful Tina Ferguson!