This past weekend I took the family to the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta and the World of Coca Cola. Both places were very impressive and very in tune with design of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). This was my second time to visit both and I walked away more impressed than the first visit.
One of the clearer messages in the World of Coca Cola was the idea of Happiness Factory and it’s five parts or elements. From the guided tours, to movies, to the customer service people, all seemed to be on one page as it relates these 5 elements: be curious, be in the now, be active, be giving, and be together.
Curiosity about life and others has made a difference in my life. This said another way, “be a student of life”. The second element is the state of presence or being in the now. When I started my professional career I was living 15-30 minutes in the future and more focused on next appointment than I was in the current meeting. Back in the mid 90′s I heard a speaker Jim Rohn share some powerful and simple insights about being in the present and it has served me well. Here are some of the things he said:
- 1) Be active physically can and will help you sleep better at night and it is hard to put a price on a good night’s sleep
- 2) Don’t give up just because you use to be able to do big things
- 3) Start where you are and write it down and then just do it
- 4) Be giving
Yale University has done several studies on the elderly and found that the best medicine includes some form of giving. Some of the happiest seniors are those that volunteer and give back time, talent, and treasure. I recommend all three personally. Being together is not just referring to physical activity, but to be experiencing life together. Do stuff in life with others.
Once, I hiked the Grand Canyon rim to rim with a couple of acquaintances. After the journey, we got to know and respect each other a lot more. Think back to your friendships or fellow teammates as you endured in sports or other activities. Think about a family vacation that began rough and later, looking back, you realize the struggle had brought you all closer together. There have been two times I was incredibly scared of storms while on vacation growing up: once in a little boat and another time in small aircraft. I feared for my life and for good reason. But there is one thing I realized during this time of fear: my family was there for me and they have been there ever since.
Stewardship is about attitude. We manage our attitude and how we respond to life events and it does make a difference. I agreed with the teaching and messages presented by World of Coca Cola this weekend. Stay focused on these 5 elements and you can experience more happiness in your life.
- 1) Be curious.
- 2) Be in the now.
- 3) Be active.
- 4) Be giving.
- 5) Be together.
Do you agree with the 5 elements presented by Coke? Do you agree that “attitude” is part of our personal stewardship?