This week I attended Ag Media Summit, which is a meeting of ag industry’s top writers, editors, photographers, publishers and ag communicator specialists. Going into the Summit I hoped that I would make a lot of great contacts within the ag industry, which I did and I could not be more thankful for that opportunity but little did I know that the keynote speaker, Craig Zablocki (who was not in the ag industry) would make me think about life completely different.
He spoke about how people lead by example.. He did an exercise where he told everyone to make a fist and put it on his or her chin but when he said that he put it on his cheek. A group of highly educated leaders did not listen to him, but did exactly what he was doing on stage… putting their fist on their cheek. As he pointed it out the room was full of laughter.
His next topic was about children. He shared with the group that children laugh around 300-400 times a day! That’s is a lot of laughter compared to the adult who laughs only 15-20 times a day! Children are not scared to say what might be funny in their head or how they are feeling at the exact moment even if it may sound ridiculous. They have courage to do anything. They are not scared to speak in front of crowds or dance when they feel like it. They don’t care what others think of them. They are fearless.
This got me thinking. He was right! Why do we care so much about what others think… why don’t we make ourselves happy? Why don’t we laugh more often? Why don’t we sing in the car more often? Why don’t we smile at strangers? Why don’t we just dance in random places? If you’re having a great day show it! Wake up with the attitude that you’re going to make it a great day! Lead by example have a smile on your face! Say good morning to your secretary or your professor. LAUGH! Why be stressed over something that you can’t do anything about? Start living your life fearlessly! What is the worst that could happen? He then went on to talk about as we grow older our lives as adults become very busy and stressful. We don’t take time to enjoy the moment in life we are living. We don’t take steps out of our comfort zones because we worry about what others think. We constantly worry about things that are completely out of our control.
Are you going to have a bad day here and there? Yes we all do. But don’t dwell on it. Its in the past. You cant do anything about it. Live in the moment!
Spend time with your family.
Be silly with your friends.
& Enjoy life.