Singing to Unsung Heroes

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When sliding down my emotional mountain into a funk (yes I sometimes do) , spiralling in a “what’s the point” vortex, or just plain “NAFI” – No Ambition and F-all Interest – my fastest “get out of this fog quick” trick – is acknowledgment.

Gratitude is a fabulous “come back to truth” tool for me, but acknowledgement is my quickest “catch myself in a downward spiral” tool.

Specifically acknowledgement of the thousands of unsung heroes doing what they do to keep my life running.

When I worked with the maintenance crews of the London Underground, I got to meet the women and men who get up when everyone else is going home to clean the trains and stations, to do the vital maintenance and repairs needed to move millions of people around each day.

They got added to my unsung hero list.

Today is dustbin day for me, and despite a national lockdown – a group of men and women will be out removing my refuse places out in the road. I won’t see them, but later today my bin will be empty.

They are on my unsung hero list. 

Last night a group of 8 men and women walked through dense bush of the Greater Kruger National Park, following a white rhino, staying alerts, listening for anything that would give them a head up to the organised crime syndicates lackeys that do the devastating deeds on the ground – killing rhinos and elephants for their “worthless” horn and ivory. They and every other anti-poaching team who risk their lives to give our next generation a fighting chance of seeing some of these magnificent beings alive.

Now is all about You are on my unsung hero list.

The healthcare workers who have shown up to do the jobs that they never hoped to have to do, risking so much to help people.

You are on my unsung hero list.

To the checkout counter person at the supermarket, the fuel pump attendant, the police and army trying to police an unimaginable situation, the taxi driver getting key workers to work – thank you for showing up and doing it with grace.

You are on my unsung hero list. 

To the technology platforms and their staff that have responded so quickly to 40x increases in traffic to enable businesses to keep going, who provide a mechanism for humanity to maintain vital connection.

You are on my unsung hero list.

To the teams who keep the lights on, the water running, the sewage moving, the internet internetting, who show up and fix things everyday.

You are on my unsung hero list.

To my peers, fellow entrepreneurs, project managers and leaders who have figured out how to pivot on a dime, who are turning on the taps of their productivity to protect the jobs of their teams and serve their customers in new and powerful ways. This weekend dear friends, Dylan Frost from The Wholesale Formula supported by Bari Baumgardner and Blue Malnick from Sage Events transformed a 100% in person event to a 100% virtual event and made the experience even better for their participants.

You are on my unsung hero list.

To every parent who is at home with kids (human and fur), balancing competing priorities, and still being there for the ones who need them.

You are on my unsung hero list.

And in the words of Seth Godin, “I’m glad that so many people are ignoring the charlatans who are trying to profit from panic and untested remedies, preying on the fear that comes with a pandemic. And proud of anyone who stops clicking on a media channel that’s in the business of profiting from the attention that comes with amplifying that same fear.”

You are on my unsung hero list.

My colleagues at Hay House and the rest of the book industry, I acknowledge you for focusing on sharing insight and wisdom, simply because they know it’s important, not because it’s lucrative.

You are on my unsung hero list.

To my friends from all over, who are sheltering in place but sharing good vibes in so many ways and checking in on me and others.

You are on my unsung hero list.

And to you, you amazing conscious wealth creators, my tribe, for taking the long view, for leading, for choosing empowerment over enslavement (especially emotionally) and for spreading ideas that matter and showing up.

You are on my unsung hero list.

Together we have raised just over $2000 for frontline support for humans and wildlife in this wild and wooly time through the 5 Day Financial Resilience Charity Challenge.

THANK YOU!! 

Each one of you who donated $15 and joined the Charity Challenge…

You are on my unsung hero list. 

If you haven’t yet joined the 5 Day Financial Resilience Charity Challenge – join us now – here.

 

 

Acknowledging life, acknowledging you

Big love

Ann

 

 

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