Don’t Serve Your Precious Goose for Holiday Dinner

FUNNY GOOSEOh no, it's December 16th already – only 19 more shopping days left until Christmas!  I'm desperately rushing to put the finishing touches on a presentation I'm doing TONIGHT, while simultaneously wrapping a gift to get in the mail. My cousin just had a baby and I NEED to go see her tomorrow and my company is coming on Friday and my yard is a MESS! My dryer just went off and the clothes need folding right now before they wrinkle. 

And my presentation tonight? Yes well.  My client wanted a FUNNY motivational speaker. She wasn't interested in a frazzled, harried, burned out one.  

My body has been screaming for a quite a while now, "Slow down! I can't keep up with you!" But it appears that I have not been listening. I have fallen into that mentality that many of us do during the holiday season. It goes like this: "Maybe I can steal one more hour out of the day." We think things like, "If I hurry, I can…" Or, "maybe on my lunch hour I can run and…" Rush, rush, rush, rush, rush.

What are we thinking? Where are stealing this energy from? I'll tell you where. From that precious little goose of ours. And what's going to happen is what happened to me this morning. My goose woke up and said, "I'm mad as heck and I'm not taking it any more. I'm not going anywhere." And then – NOTHING gets done. Of course, I could continue to push myself anyway, and then really wipe out.

Let's stop this craziness right now. For the next 2 weeks, I suggest that you join me in practicing the following:

  1. Slow Down! Seriously. Walk slower. Drive slower. Saunter. Do not rush.
  2. If it doesn't get done – SO WHAT!!! Take a breath and let it go! Learn to love your dust bunnies.
  3. Continually ask yourself, "Where's the joy – right now? Where's the peace – right now? Where's the love – right now?" Believe me, if you're focused on finding joy, peace and love in every moment, you're where you need to be.
  4. Drink lots and lots and lots of water. Water will help keep you energized and focused.
  5. Breathe. Consciously. Deep and fully (as you are sauntering…)
  6. Put first things first. YOU are a first thing – you and your good health. Spending a few moments each day in GRATITUDE – is a first thing. Stopping to hug the ones you love and tell them how much they are loved – is a first thing.

I'll conclude with this thought. When it's all said and done, when life is almost over and you are lying on your death bed, do you really believe that you'll be thinking, "If only I'd folded those clothes before they wrinkled?"

I didn't think so.




Motivational Speaker Linda Larsen, CSP has been described by meeting planners and audiences as "hysterically funny," and "riveting." Known for her ability to connect on an authentic and emotional level with audiences, her spontaneous sense of humor, and her engaging and powerful stories, Linda is passionate about sharing ideas to help people live their finest, best, and most productive lives. Her riveting and true story of being kidnapped and held hostage at gunpoint by an escaped convict, and the strategies she used to escape, will give people the tools THEY need to rise above any of life's toughest challenges, to communicate more effectively with THEIR difficult person, and to find creative solutions to THEIR problems. To book motivational speaker, Linda Larsen: 941-927-4700

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  1. Ahhhh. Thank you, Linda. I needed that.

  2. Saunter? For sure.  I am going to saunter today.  I'll think of you while I do it!!!  Have a great gig – you could even use this in your presentation tonight!!!

  3. Ahhhh is right. I feel more relaxed just reading this blog. And, Linda I would love to hear what you chose to share during those 10 SHORT minutes. Stamp me impressed!

  4. Very clearly in my head right now is a visual of all of us sauntering, shoulder to shoulder, in our motivational speaker outfits, along a dusty road!  Hahaha!  That word really hit home.  Thank you!!

  5. Wow Linda – this is not a blog – this is a movement!  Saunter.  Movement.  See what I did there – HA : )  

    Seriously, I feel this is how we should approach EVERY day – and I for one need to slow my motivational speaker self down and follow your steps so that I can continue to give my best and brightest to all the people I love and serve in this amazing life of mine!   Viva 2014!

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