Nan S. Russell
Author & Speaker

All posts in August, 2014

MH900341619[1]On a mission to expedite Saturday errands, my husband and I were at a big box store as the doors opened. Ten minutes later we headed toward checkout when a cashier, standing in front of her empty lane, motioned us over with morning cheerfulness. She offered a bit of friendly chit-chat while processing our items. Overall, it was a pleasant shopping experience: fast – efficient – friendly.

But that changed as a man approached the line. With a place for your cart and a place to pay, the man inadvertently put his cart in the wrong lane. As he did, the friendly cashier with a smile, welcomed the man and asked him to please put his cart through on her side.

A not-for-publication expletive came from his mouth, as he strongly pushed the cart in her direction, hitting her from behind. There was a collective pause. She looked at him, we looked at him, other customers and employees looked at him. What seemed long, but in reality was a few seconds, was the waiting to see if this was going to escalate into an explosive incident.

It didn’t. Obviously angry at the world, or life, or something, he’d reacted quite inappropriately to a minor request. I doubt he intended to hit her with his cart; perhaps that error in judgment caused him to step back a bit. I’ll never know, but what I do know is this: for a few seconds, I wasn’t the only person watching to see (continue reading →)

In the Scheme of Things 

“Take your mind out every now and then and dance on it. It is getting all caked up. ” Mark Twain
As a colleague of Nan’s, I often post here when things grab my attention about today’s workplace and sometimes, life. This past week, I was fortunate to spend time at the beach with my niece and her young family. If you are feeling stressed, overwhelmed, or so busy you are simply moving from one thing to the next without having time to think. It is time to play – Yes! I did say play!
May we all have the playfulness and elation of kids for the rest of our days, said my 25 year old son, Eric

May we all have the playfulness and elation of kids for the rest of our days, said my 25 year old son, Eric

Playing is a great way to replenish your energy, nurture your spirit and open your heart. Think of it as a well-deserved recess, a refuelingof creativity or cleansing your mind. Think of it as renewing your energy, enhancing your well-being,  or getting refocused. However, you think of it, do it.

You need downtime. You need play. You need fun. You need to recharge creative juices and reboot your determination. So,whether it’s playing in the sand, hiking in the mountains, playing your favorite video game or lunch with friends make time to play.
If it makes you feel better schedule it on your calendar. Bring play, laughter and curiosity into your day. You will notice the difference at work and in your life.