White walls make a vase of red tulips pop.
Whip cream accentuates the perky flavor of fresh raspberries.
This is silly, but as I walked into my hotel room tonight, I was filled with appreciation. Everything the desk clerks did well seemed amazing. My room seemed perfect - great bed, good wifi signal, nice comfortable chair, TGI Fridays right across the street. I asked for a first floor room near the entrance (for less carrying and so I can keep an eye on Hazel) and the room they gave me seemed like it was the best possible location. I had a bottled Iced Tea "Brisk" - it tasted wonderful. I was very happy.
I thought about how when I travel for business under "normal" conditions I rarely appreciate these good things when they happen. It's the contrasts that are making the difference today. It was a long day and the Chicago rush hour traffic tested my strength and resolve. But as my upper forearms continue to ache in spite of Advil, I feel so fortunate to have this experience. In many ways, the day was perfect because I feel grateful to be relaxing in my room now.
And I look forward to working in my room tomorrow. I have a radio show at noon and then a private event in the evening.
When we stretch our comfort zone, we create more opportunities to appreciate contrasts. And in this appreciation can come new ideas and greater satisfaction.
I crossed the 6,000 mile mark today - it hardly seems possible.
Are you stuck in familiar patterns? Are you experiencing contrasts?
I'd love to hear from you about your goals and the breakthroughs your seek and that would make a big difference to your life. Fee free to drop me an email anytime at lhaneberg AT gmail DOT com. I have been getting lots of emails from people I am meeting on this tour and I really enjoy taking the time to read and respond.
Your energy and passion helps make the negative messages that blast from news programs fade to the back. Another contrast.