THIS MONTH: MONDAY GETS COURAGEOUS

We shot and released this video September 1, 2018, as part of our monthly theme:  Monday Gets Brave.  Today, August 2020, we are starting the monthly theme of Monday Gets Courageous. In the wake of everything happening in our world today, we thought this video nails it.  These brave men have a message that we ALL need to hear.

The year 2020 has asked a lot of us. We have had to process so much change and uncertainty. We have had to get creative and find new ways to make things work. We have suffered loss. Whether or not we knew one of the over 150,000 people who have lost their life to COVID-19, we have all felt it deeply. We have had to face century old systems that don’t work for everyone the same, and come to terms with our own personal, as well as systemic, biases. And we are about to head right into the eye of another storm—the 2020 Presidential Election. Of course there have been glimmers of hope and joy and celebration, but there is no question that life hasn’t been the same this year. However, in all of the chaos and confusion, let’s not lose sight of the fact that we have all been asked to step up to the challenge to make things better… and most of us have accepted the mission. We have worn our masks, we have kept our distance, and we have found new ways to work from home and support online learning for our children. We have taken a knee and joined the movement in order to make it clear that, yes, Black lives do matter to us. But there is still work to be done. The “we” needs to be bigger. It needs to include more people. So, this month, let’s lean even harder on the thing that has driven us so far. It’s called courage. You have shown it all year. Now let’s take it to the next level. Being courageous matters.

THIS MONTH: MONDAY GETS PLUGGED IN

As you know, we have been changing several of our monthly themes this year, because we’ve felt that the themes we selected for this year, back in October of 2019, were not as relevant. Obviously no one could have predicted the events of 2020 and the impact they have had on our lives, but we could change our themes and Monday strategies to be more timely… so we have. Interestingly enough, for July 2020, the theme we picked back in October 2019 was MONDAY GETS PLUGGED IN. So we are back on track with our original programming. However, we looked through our video library and came across this video that was shot for the theme of MONDAY GETS REAL. After watching the video, we felt that it was just as timely today as it was when we shot it over five years ago. We all need to get even more plugged in, so that five years from now this video might not feel as relevant. Check it out and hopefully that will make a ton of sense. You matter. There was a time when the majority of the electrical sockets in our homes were mostly left unused, other than the occasional lamp here or there and a toaster or alarm clock. Those days are a distant memory. Now we have power strips in most of our sockets in order to have more access to electrical power. We need more sockets for more gadgets—cell phone chargers, Internet modems, Wi-Fi extenders, computers, home security systems, air purifiers, Smart Home devices, and the newly famous Instant Pot, now with a Wi-Fi option. So, literally, we are plugged in more than ever before. Additionally, we have emailing, Facetiming, texting, instant messaging, and social media posting that seemingly allow us to be more plugged into one another’s lives. Toss in a virus, home exercise equipment, and a robust home delivery industry, and we have created the perfect culture of cocooning and isolating. No need to leave the house, no need to see a single soul, no need to shower, no need to get dressed for the occasion. However, as we hunker down and do our home improvements, two things are greatly suffering… our communities and us. We need our community and our community needs us… especially in times like this. If you are already plugged in, then let’s take it to the next level. If you have disconnected, it’s time to re-engage. We are designed for this. Getting plugged in matters.        

THIS MONTH: MONDAY GETS FUN

Saying there is a lot going on in our world is a massive understatement. Political divides, COVID-19, social injustices, changes at work, changes in schools, changes in just about all of our personal routines have all been enough to wear us down a bit. Hopefully you are one of the lucky ones who aren’t “feeling it,” but our hunch is that you would be part of a very small group of people. In no way do we want to belittle what so many people are experiencing with our theme for this month; but this theme was decided upon in November of 2019, and we believe it just might be the doctor ordered today. In all of the heaviness, there is a good chance that we have lost a bit of our lightness. Ask yourself… Do you smile as much? Do you laugh as much? Are you having as much fun? If so, please share your secrets, for many of us could benefit. So this month, we want to inspire more fun. Yes things are different and the headlines are hard to stomach, but this doesn’t mean we don’t need joy and levity in our lives. Let’s create meaningful experiences for one another that allow us smile and play and be a kid again. Let’s create more wonder and even dork out a bit. We need it and so does our world. Being and having fun matters… even today.

Note: This video was shot and first shared in May 2018. Today, two years later it still applies.

 

 

 

 

THIS WEEK: TURN THE PAGE

Buddha’s quote, “Nothing is forever except change,” might be the biggest bane of our existence. We hate change. We always have and probably always will. But we shouldn’t necessarily beat ourselves up for this because part of our reaction to change is also physiological. Our […]

THIS WEEK: CHOOSE CIVILITY

When the going gets tough, as it has been for the past few months, one of the best things we can do is to be the best humans we possibly can. We often see this in the face of tragedy—the heroes that run into the […]

THIS WEEK: FEEL YOUR FEELINGS

In 1637, Descartes stated, “I think, therefore I am.” The intention of his statement was to help us understand our ability to attain certain knowledge as human beings. However, might it have also blunted an equally important part of being human… our ability to feel […]

THIS MONTH: MONDAY GETS MINDFUL

EMM Friends. Again, in the spirit of delivering messages that are relevant, we are making the theme for May – Monday Gets Mindful.  We first did this theme in November 2017. Check out the video again to see just how on-point it still is today. We did, however, create different Mondays than we did in 2017. This month they are:
  • Enjoy the Now
  • Feel Your Feelings
  • Choose Civility
  • Turn the Page
Monday Gets Mindful

The terms mindfulness or being mindful have become more prevalent in our world. Maybe, it’s in response to what used to be our increasingly fast-paced lifestyle. Maybe COVID-19 has even brought more attention to our need for mindfulness. There are books about being mindful. There are websites dedicated to mindfulness. There are mindfulness therapies and coaches. There are apps to help and remind us to be mindful. Mindful resources are within our reach to help us create more meaningful moments. And life is truly amazing, when we are able to be mindful and present. But this isn’t necessarily easy and there is a good reason why. Our conscious brain processes 40-50 bits of information per second. That may or may not sound like a lot, but it is estimated that our unconscious brain has the ability to process 11 million bits of information per second. Our eyes process 10 million bits of information. Our skin senses 1 million bits of information. Our ears and noses take in 100,000 bits of data. Finally, we process 1,000 bits of information with our sense of taste. All of this can happen within one second, and our phenomenal brain compresses all of this down to a consumable 50 pieces. Not only does it inform us on why it is so challenging to be present, it also illustrates our need to create moments of peace and quiet and presence. Being mindful matters.

     

THIS WEEK: ENJOY THE NOW

This might seem like a strange weekly theme at a time like this. So much has changed and so much is still uncertain because of COVID-19. Sure we see glimmers of hope and positivity, but most media and news coverage is far from joy-filled or […]

THIS WEEK: CHOOSE WISELY

Part of what makes being present so challenging is the overwhelming amount of information our brains have to process. We are on information overload with constant inputs that require us to deal with, take action, or attend to. This all equates to the fact that […]

THIS WEEK: EMBRACE STORYTELLING

We all love a good story. Maybe it is a favorite book or show on TV. Maybe it is a movie or just something your grandfather shared with you. Stories have a way of taking us away and quieting our mind. They also have a […]