365 Days of Living the Dale Carnegie Principles
Day 9. April 3, 2011
I had a long list of chores to do today—pull the weeds from my backyard, do three loads of laundry, clean the house, write a letter to a friend…
Despite my list of chores I decided to try something new.
I suggested to some family members that we take a drive into Plano to see the bluebonnets. We lived in Plano for 10+ years and we have always talked about going to the park to see the bluebonnets but never got around to it. Guess we’ve always been too busy or had other concerns or interests.
But today was the day to admire the bluebonnets. I suggested that all family members go and despite some grumblings from some members, everyone went.
The bluebonnets did not disappoint—picture a huge field covered in blue flowers. We took quite a few photos—and everyone agreed that it was the perfect way to spend the afternoon.
I also managed to get my list of chores finished—including pulling all the weeds that I had been avoiding in my backyard.
The Dale Carnegie principle I used today is from How to Stop Worrying and Start Living:
Create happiness for others.
One other detail about this field of bluebonnets—is that it’s the location of huge electric towers. Someone had the vision to transform an area that is normally perceived as unsightly— into a park with little hills, green grass and of course, a sea of bluebonnets every Spring that attracts a lot of people. Looks like this ‘someone’ also shared in Carnegie’s goal of ‘creating happiness for others.’
So remember, despite a busy day at work or at home—if you spend a moment creating happiness for others you will also reap the benefits because you will approach your day with an improved perspective and odds are you too will be happier.