It Touched Me

This week I was refelcting on having had the good fortune of visiting the beautiful town of Copacabana and the city of Rio in Brazil for New Year’s Eve. Ten barges of fireworks are parked in the water all day on New Year's Eve awaiting three million people of all socioeconomic levels from all over the world to descend on the beach in white clothing at sundown. As the late evening approaches, seven cruise ships pepper the water behind them perched for the perfectly coordinated midnight extravaganza in perfect unison. I’ve never seen anything like it. I now know why they call it the best New Year’s Eve celebration in the world. 

In Brazil I was profoundly touched by the natives' desire to work hard and thrive. The lust for life is palpable. There are no entitlements in the country so indeed there is poverty too. But the people are not an angry. They have light hearts, play soccer all over the beach, collect empty cans for money, work tirelessly at whatever they do, sell handmade wares on the promenade and smile. Above all else they are happy. 

I ask myself why this is not so in the US. I think it’s because we expect more than is reasonable and are hardest on ourselves as we strive for what our culture tells us is important. The only thing that is important is how we love ourselves and others. No new car, house, pen, purse, job, partner, or image will replace our basic human need for connection. We are social creatures. By nature, we desire acceptance, connection and to feel we belong more than anything. And this starts, first with accepting ourselves as we are with all our imperfections. 

Wishing you happiness, dedication to yourself and your goals, relationships grounded in appreciation, a light heart without expectations, fulfillment from awareness of all you have, and love today.

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Your coach,

Mary Lee

P.S. Feel free to send this link to someone who could benefit from it. We are all walking down the same road in life.

Mary Lee Gannon, ACC, CAE is an International Coach Federation certified executive coach and 18-year corporate CEO who helps busy executive leaders swap the treadmill to nowhere for a new career, promotion, higher pay, confidence, calm and better connection with the people who matter while it still matters. View testimonials from her career transformation mavens and FREE career tools at

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