Get Back To Your Life

Stephen Colbert was on Showtime on November 8. It was amazing to see the show and how surprised people were – even him. But, at the end, he shined with a mix of serious and funny. As you’re processing the election, here are some things we as Americans can all agree on:

  • When you agree on something, you shout YES
  • No matter where you stand on Hillary’s email server, we all can agree work email sucks
  • KitKat should be eaten in segments, not bitten into like a normal candy bar
  • Every red-blooded American knows that when ordering a bunch of pizzas, don’t order a veggie pizza. Nobody is going to eat that. Plain cheese = veggie.
  • There are too many Portlands.
  • None of us will ever remember what the War of 1812 was about
  • Alex Trebek will never die and if he does, it won’t count because it wasn’t in the form of a question
  • The gas light coming on isn’t a warning – it’s a challenge to see how far we can get on whatever gas is left
  • The biggest selling point of Cool Whip isn’t the taste – it’s free Tupperware
  • It’s nice to get a card in the mail once in awhile
  • The first person to get up in line for seconds at a wedding buffet is a hero
  • We should never, ever have an election like this again

Cool Quote from Jen Hatmaker

I think Jen Hatmaker gave some perspective:

To everyone devastated and scared this morning, to those who didn’t vote this direction and feel betrayed and shocked: No leader can make us fear or hate our neighbor. No leader can stop us from loving, defending, representing, advocating, bridge building, and gathering. No human has ever been able to staunch the power of love. We have had many presidents and we will have many more, and yet here we are, the people of Jesus, managing to further the kingdom generation after generation through cultures, shifts, crisis, and the changing of guards. We rise up today like we did yesterday and tomorrow. Be good news. Be a good neighbor. Be kind and hopeful and generous. Hug your babies and don’t let their fear find a permanent home. But for today, look out for your friends that feel maligned and forgotten, and if that person is you, treat yourself with tender, tender care. I am your friend in sorrow today.

My Perspective

I’m taking a breath. Going to do a good job at my workplace. Treat people with respect and kindness. Go home to my wife. Make ROCK pizza on my grill, watch the NBA, jump in the hot tub and chill out. I’ve been drunk on MSNBC, CNN and FoxNews for the past 20 months. I’m turning off that crazy noise for the foreseeable future. I’d suggest as much as you can, focus on what you can focus on: your work, studies, friendships, marriage, family, faith and the Cubs winning the World Series.

Here are some of the additional resources for the presentation:

Dan Pink Drive TED Talk

Brene’ Brown “The Power of Vulnerability” TED Talk

Seth Godin “The Tribes We Lead”

I recently had opportunity to speak to communication majors at Spring Arbor University. The question I was asked to answer was What do our students need to know as they are preparing to enter the ever-changing Com & Media workplace? What skills, knowledge, (life lessons & attitudes), etc. will be most beneficial for them to be intentionally seeking and practicing here in order to prepare them for when they enter the work force. I titled the session “Who You Are Matters More Than What You Can Do”.  I’ve broken the presentation down into three posts:

I also posted this question to friends on my social media channels and pulled together my favorites in a PDF to share.