Sea Turtles… and Distractions that Lead Us in the Wrong Direction

Sea Turtles… and Distractions that Lead Us in the Wrong Direction

I read a great article by Jon Gordon, and I wanted to share it!  We’ve been talking a lot about “laser beam focus” in a business mastermind group I’m part of, and I admit, this is a challenge for me!  Too many things, too little time—the story of many of us!  This article touches on the same topic, but in a way I think could prove beneficial to many.  Enjoy!

As I walked on the beach the other day I noticed that certain areas were closed off by fences and signs that said “Sea Turtle Eggs.”

I remembered reading that female sea turtles swim to shore between May and August to dig nests in the sand and lay their eggs. Months later, the eggs hatch and the baby turtles follow the pure light of the moon back to the surf.

In a perfect world, the pure light of the moon guides every turtle back safely to the ocean. 
However, as we know, we don’t live in a perfect world.

Sea Turtle hatchlings instinctively crawl toward the brightest light. On an undeveloped beach, the brightest light is the moon. On a developed beach, the brightest light can be an artificial light source emanating from restaurants, homes and condominiums along the coast.

Unfortunately, these powerful artificial sources of light often attract the hatchlings and cause them to move in the wrong direction when they are born.

Rather than follow the pure light of the moon to the ocean the sea turtles follow the wrong light to a disastrous outcome.

It occurred to me that we humans face a similar challenge.

Rather than follow the path we were meant to follow, unfortunately we too often are distracted by things that move us in the wrong direction.

Technology, online games, too much time on Facebook, bad habits, addictions, stress, busyness and meaningless distractions lead us astray.

Instead of following the pure light of perfection we allow bright and shiny artificial things to sabotage our journey.

So, what about you?

Are you following your priorities and pure light to the right destination or are you allowing artificial distractions to lead you in the wrong direction?

Are you following the path you were meant to follow or are you letting meaningless things keep you from being your best?

The great news is that unlike sea turtles we have the ability to think, adapt and change direction when we realize we are following the wrong path.

We can tune out the distractions and focus on our priorities and let the pure light lead us to an ocean of possibilities and a great future!

Recipe Rescue

So many people are experimenting in the kitchen, trying new foods and recipes, and involving friends, neighbors and children in the preparation process.  Well-meaning participants in this process are often lured by landmines that explode nutritional benefits into particles that at one time represented a whole food but are now covered in fats, oils, and fillers.  For example, know anyone who “just had chicken” for dinner last night?  Sounds healthy.  Perhaps that chicken still had the skin-on, was cooked in hot oil, and subsequently dipped in ranch dressing.  Most of the nutrients were lost along the way.

Here are 5 ways to keep your nutritional value high and your fat and calorie intake low.

  1. Skip the skin.  When eating chicken be sure to separate the skin from the meat.  Chicken with skin has 2/3 as many calories as chicken without skin.  Skin is high in saturated fat.  Yes, fat does add flavor to your foods.  By removing the skin after cooking and before eating, you will save the body unnecessary fats without sacrificing flavor.
  2. Grill, smoke or sauté an entree.  Using a grill or a smoker adds truely natural flavors to foods that cannot be matched by any jarred spice.  Replacing butter, margarine, and sprays with lemon, lime, orange, or grapefruit juice and zest will add zing to your poultry and fish without adding fat or the need for high temperature oils.
  3. Add culture to cooking with Greek yogurt.  Use this fat-free, protein packed substitute in any recipe that calls for sour cream.  It is a tasty element in dips, stroganoffs, salads, and parfaits.  As a matter of fact, ranch dressing mix and Greek yogurt is a wonderful substitute for classic ranch dressing.  Serve this with your skinless chicken.
  4. Avoid the cheese traps.  Cheese is a tempting treat for many.  Often, mild cheeses are selected to please the majority of party guests.  This results in eating more cheese, fat, and calories.  Bypass the boring and use cheeses with more flavors like aged parmesan, feta, or spicy pepper jack cheese.  Avoid cheddar cheeses or others that reveal the high fat content when melted.  Should cheddar be desired, try sharp cheddar to enhance the flavor while using a smaller portion of cheese.
  5. Eat more.  Vegetables and fruits should be a large source of energy and nutrients for children and adults.  Add vegetables to all your meals.  Begin with simple vegetables.  Try sweet potatoes, red peppers, and green beans.  Try them in several different recipes before judging or allowing children to judge them.  Fruits, such as grapes, bananas, oranges, and apples, are easy to store, transport, and serve.

 

The Story of A Goose

Who is a motivator?

Motivators are not just paid speakers, respected authors, or television personalities.  All people are motivators.  The question to ask is what message does each person convey. 

The following story, “The Story of a Goose,” is a well-known story by an unknown author.  I use it often in any team building situation.  I first heard the story working in an upscale preschool in St. Louis City.  The team there was falling apart.  This story brought us back together.

The Story of A Goose

 

Next fall when you see geese heading south for the winter flying along in a “V” formation, you might be interested in knowing what science has discovered about why they fly that way. It has been learned that as each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird immediately following. By flying in a “V” formation, the whole flock adds at least 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own. People who share common direction and sense of community can get where they are going quicker and easier, because they are traveling on the thrust of one another.

 

When a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the draft and resistance of trying to go it alone, and quickly gets into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front. If we have as much sense as a goose, we will stay in formation with those who are headed the same way we are going.

 

When the lead goose gets tired, he rotates back in the wing and another goose flies point. It pays to take turn doing hard jobs.

 

The geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed. An encouraging word goes a long way. What do YOU say when you honk from behind?  Is it encouraging? 

 

Finally, when a goose gets sick, or is wounded by a gun shot and falls out, two geese fall out of formation and follow him/her until he/she is either able to fly or until he/she is dead, then they launch out on their own or with another formation to catch up with the group. If we have the sense of a goose, we will stand by each other like that.

 

Do I have the sense of a goose?  In what ways?  How can I share one of those ways with someone who has not developed that sense yet?  How can I improve on my V-formation?

 

Share this story with someone special who doesn’t know they are one of your special geese.  Share it also with another who has fallen out of formation and needs a goose.

 

HONK! HONK!