I had just hung up from a group coaching call around “building your business as you live your life.”
I told the group I was going to demonstrate how to do this by filming some interactions I would encounter during my day.
I grabbed my car keys and ran out the door to my next appointment.
As I reached the bottom of the hill, I realized I had left my sunglasses at home.
Knowing my next 5 hours of meetings were outside in the bright Hawaiian sun, I needed sunglasses.
It was quicker to run into the Sunglass Hut than it was to go back up the hill and I was already running behind.
As I pulled into the mall parking lot, my phone started to ding with texts, PM’s and calls around a software glitch.
I felt myself getting sucked in to the abyss.
I quickly became one of those people. A phone zombie. Texting and walking. Oblivious to everything around me.
I arrived at the shop and in between messages looked up to ask for polarized lenses.
The gal was darling. I let her know I had left my sunglasses at home and needed to quickly get a new pair as I was pressed for time.
As she assisted me in finding the right pair, she attempted to connect with me.
I was no where to be found. I had been grabbed by the hands inside my phone.
She continued to engage in conversation, but it was a dead end street. I gave her nothing.
As she rang me up, I pulled the sunglasses out of the new case and put them on my face.
She was still looking at me pleasantly; smiling at the purchase I had made.
As I placed them on my face, I felt something blocking them. I quickly put my hands up to my ears to feel what was in the way of my brand new shades.
At the moment she said “You have a pair of sunglasses on your head”, I realized I hadn’t forgotten my sunglasses after all. They were right where they belonged.
On top of my head!
Lessons learned from a pair of sunglasses:
- Practice what I preach. I DID NOT build my business as I lived my life that day.
- Running on autopilot doesn’t allow me to be my best self.
- Being present with myself and my surroundings is invaluable.
- Nothing is more important than the person right in front of me.
- Put down the phone! When in the company of real people, everything else can wait.
- Opportunities are right in front of us, if we are paying attention!
- Laugh. Often. This was actually very funny. Sometimes we take ourselves way too seriously.
- Sunglasses are expensive.
How many times have you had your sunglasses on your head too?
Go out and be great,
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