- Producer26/10/2017SOCIAL MEDIA TRENDS FOR "2018 AND BEYOND" FEATURING JAZ GREERThe world of Social Media changes and adapts on a daily basis. Trying to keep up with the changes consumes at least 2 days per week of time for the full-time Social Media and Social Selling practitioner and that’s on top of delivering for clients,...
- Producer13/10/2017These Top 3 Chatbot Success Stories Might Encourage You To Build Your Own Chatbot!Planning to build a chatbot? Then you would want to hear these 3 chatbot success stories! They were built and scaled to success. Really insightful stories to hear. But I don’t want to burden you with a heavy introduction. And one thing, the stories...
Comments24/09/2017 #2 Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand AmbassadorI love artists & bee's on beBee.com::: @Sonia 🐝 Quiles Espinosa, @Sergio Weinfuter, @Luiz Henrique Souza .E., @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador, @Hector Fong Mendoza, @Geraldo Passofundo Fernandes, @Don Philpott☘️, @Matt 🐝 Sweetwood. You are all a great group of Bees!!!!
- Producer14/09/2017It's a small world after allI train, or more precisely new facilitators come to my workshops to watch and learn. I hope they learn what they should and should not do. Most of the time I hope they see how they should approach the workshop not what they should not do in the...
- Producer15/08/2017This is sweet!I went out and met some flowers and got lots of pollen to bring back to the hives so I can make honey 🍯 Project Bee...
- Producer06/08/2017A TRIP TO THE FAIR (Photolog)Summertime in St. Thomas, Ontario—the Railway Capital of Canada—and here's what all the kids have been waiting for. We have a three-day fair every year called “The Iron Horse Festival”. Today, I'd like to take you on a little day trip. The...
- Producer01/08/20178 Secrets to Finding Happiness With OthersWishing to be friends is quick work but friendship is a slow ripening fruit. ~AristotleA number of years ago, I worked as a technician on a radar station in northern Canada. The morning equipment checks were more a process of looking at the...
Comments01/08/2017 #4 Aaron 🐝 SkogenGreat buzz @Paul Kearley! You hit the nail on the head. Relationships require maintenance and upkeep. Its interesting how some seemingly come and go, and others are for a lifetime. I just returned a week ago from a four day "reunion" with three of my business partners from days gone by. While three of us were the "owners" of the company, and one was an engineer I hired back in 1999, we all became close friends. We range in age from 38 to 71, yet we make a point of getting together for at least one long weekend each year to fish, tell stories and share time together. We pick right up where we left off and I know any of those guys have my back if ever I needed them, and they know I'd do the same.
- Producer27/07/2017TodayToday, I will not be sad. I will choose happiness instead. In fact, today I will choose laughter. The kind that starts deep in my soul and comes bursting out like a cannon ball. A peal of laughter that echoes through the air releasing its contagion...
Comments31/07/2017 #9 Numo Quest#8 Hey Laura, it's just interesting o see how people experience things in their lives while we just do it our way, without any judgement or reservation and simply share. I love to read your articles and deem it only good conduct and courtesy to leave some encouragement behind. Keep it up. :O)31/07/2017 #8 Laura Mikolaitis#4 @Numo Quest, thank you so much. I appreciate you taking the time to both read my post and leave a comment. It always makes my heart happy when my words resonate with someone. But what's even better is the engagement that takes place in the comments. It's a good experience and an ideal way to start a conversation and get to know someone. Wishing you well.31/07/2017 #6 Laura Mikolaitis#1 @Cyndi wilkins, thank you for reading and for your comments. I'm glad that this came to you at a time when you needed it. Isn't the scene of the chairs and lake beautiful? I took the picture over Father's Day weekend. I had no idea at the time that it would be the perfect header to a post. The "stage" as you referred to it is at my brother's house. It's quite beautiful there and one of my favorite places to simply be. We've had many laughs looking out at that lake in those chairs. Memories to last a lifetime for sure.
As for the dreary New England day, I'm right there with you. I live in New England too, so I understand. Thankfully, the weather was beautiful this weekend and today too. Thanks again for taking the time to engage on my post. I really appreciate it and enjoyed reading your comments.31/07/2017 #5 Laura Mikolaitis#3 @Shelley Brown, thank you so much! Indeed it is a day at a time. I started writing the "Today" post over a series of challenging and not so challenging days. It was a way for me to dissect the emotional spectrum I found myself in. I wasn't sure as I wrote it if it would ever become a post that I would publish. However, I kept going back to it and re-reading it. Then, I'd add to it and let it rest. But I kept coming back. I don't know why; perhaps it brought me comfort to read my words. Perhaps it was a reassurance that I got through a particular moment. It's ended up being a mantra and since I posted it, I find myself re-reading my words each day. An affirmation, if you will. Another friend who read this on a different platform mentioned to me that it showed two voices of mine - the vulnerable, beaten down Laura and the strong, I'm going to kick some ass, Laura. I didn't see it as I wrote it, but I suppose both voices are there. I hear them more now. It is good to be able to share the real stuff - in all of its ugliness and beauty. Sending love right back to you, Shelley!28/07/2017 #3 Shelley Brown@Laura Mikolaitis Bold and powerful! It really is a day at a time through these stormy times in our lives. I think I get into a really bad pattern of forgetting how to feel good about anything and getting sucked into that spiraling vortex. Writing like this, I believe, connects you to that hopeful, strong, beautiful part of you that has never left. I am cheering you on! I have told me self to become more emotionally disciplined on how low I will allow myself to got and so much of starting to feel better has to do with sharing the real shit on here. Sending love!!!28/07/2017 #1 Cyndi wilkinsThis post has come across my feed at quite the serendipitous moment...I was feeling rather verklempt over the news of a break up between some close friends and immediately reached for that glass of wine that seems to 'fix' everything...in the 'moment'....It being a very dreary day here in New England, (the perfect setting for the mood of my conversation) I went to the computer after hanging up with my friend and here is this serene moment of the setting sun...with two Adirondack's waiting for my friend and I to sit and soak in a peaceful moment together...even though we are miles apart, my minds eye took us here...sitting side by side in these chairs...laughing our asses off about the silly things we've done together...Thank you for the perfect stage @Laura Mikolaitis;-)
1. Be Proactive – Take responsibility to direct, organize, and enhance our lives.
2. Keep the End in Mind – Define meaningful goals around values and roles.
3. First Things First – Organize and execute around the most important priorities.
4. Think Win-Win – Look for mutual benefit in all interactions.
5. Seek First to Understand and Then to be Understood – Listen closely to what people are saying.
6. Synergize – Cooperate by respecting differences and building on strengths.
7. Sharpen the Saw – Continuously look to strengthen our body, heart, mind, and soul.
- Producer16/07/2017Branches of WisdomMy exchange of comments lately with the thoughtful Tricia Mitchell led to the writing of this buzz. Tricia wrote "Dearest @Ali Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee you are too kind. I have greater breadth than depth, where my knowledge is concerned...
Comments31/07/2017 #52 Tricia Mitchell#7 Thank you dearest @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee I appreciate your mention of our conversation and that it formed the basis of your buzz. There are a couple of strands now running through my mind. In terms of branches of wisdom, and your buzz where you invited people to enhance your model (I believe there was reference to venn diagrams, it may have been represented as a continuum; I cannot find your buzz right now, I thought it was this, https://www.bebee.com/producer/@ali-anani/i-love-you-what-does-it-mean but now I'm not sure).... I'm currently pivoting (yet again), which leads me to question whether we start out as saplings, grow roots, branch out and diversify, only to then, with our breadth of knowledge and wisdom, converge on and simplify all that is? In my personal experience, I'm now being shown the 1 thing that will set people free and it is to be my key message. The vehicle and the message do not reflect my journey, but were all nutrients necessary for my growth. It's so deceptively simple that anybody without the knowledge I acquired, but who was wise enough to feel the truth that has been known through the ages, could impart it to others.
Is it about knowledge or wisdom? Knowledge can enable us to be wise or act as tyrants, depending on how we use it. An uneducated man can be the wisest soul that most educated men seek counsel from. A knowledgeable man can masquerade as a fool, though in wishing to be compassionate in my communications, that seems unkind. Maybe we can liken it to the Riddle of the Sphinx? "What walks on four legs in the morning, two legs in the afternoon, three legs in the evening, and no legs at night?" We start off simple - become complex - then refine & simplify our knowledge as nourishment for others?31/07/2017 #50 Tricia Mitchell#47 thank you dear @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee I apologise for the tardiness in my response. Ovid's Metamorphoses springs to mind. It's been an interesting time & continues to be so. The irony about being consistent in our communication with living bodies is not lost on me.
As I am being more purposeful in my communications, if I am led by the Divine to address it in a buzz somehow, I will do. I thank you for the suggestion, @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee22/07/2017 #48 Yogesh SukalThank you @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee for appreciating my comment. Continuing to the point of turning information to knowledge and knowledge into wisdom.what if information we have is not enough. does this lmiting our wisdom.
One of philosophy group, someone posted "when nothing is sure everything is possible".
I guess most wisest approach to keep mind curious and open.
hence the some of few examples in academics trying some laws from one field to another field and it works.
So in my opinion branching out with curiosity and with open to all possibilities while branching out towards wisdom.18/07/2017 #45 Tricia Mitchell#25 Dear @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee you mentioned if the trees could talk I know of people who purport to communicate with animals. I know what I am able to do in the non-physical realms, so I looked for a tree communicator. I don't know who authentic this man is or isn't, but I have heard of others who claim they are able to understand what trees are communicating. Here's a short clip of Jim Conroy talking about helping trees to be healthy, internally, then supporting them to be in synch - in groups, based on community and categorisation, then "balances the ecosystem" Never heard of him before until I searched online this evening https://youtu.be/UElnvKgOovY (under 4 minute video)18/07/2017 #43 Tricia Mitchell#36 love your comment, Jean Serio, so many people prefer to remain in their comfort zone, enduring the discomfort of the familiar, than taking risks. Growing up (depending on which era you belong to), we are told to go for the 'safe bet' not to risk everything that we have worked for. To be grateful for what we have accomplished (even if it has made us miserable in the process). I have met accountants, who joined the family business, because their parents were accountants. They didn't question whether if what they wanted to do was at variance with what was expected of them. Then, sometimes, they wake up one day in their 40s and question whose life they're living, as it's certainly not one of their choosing... Then begins the search to uncover who they truly are and their desires, when they're not looking to seek approval from their parents.18/07/2017 #42 Tricia Mitchell#38 Indeed dear @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee one of my buzzes in the making is of a woman who is preparing for exams. She is worried that she will not pass the assessment. Reaching out for assistance in a social media group, everyone suggested strategies. As I l tend to go against the grain, I asked her a veiled question: "Supposing you didn't have test anxiety?" What I meant was, "What is the benefit of this fear you've created?" Instantly, she got the awareness: fear of failure and money constriction. The tuition had cost a lot and she couldn't afford to fail. Yet, rather than choosing to change her belief pattern, she chose strategies (which work, but on a clean slate are far more effective). So, yes, fear does have a function - protection, including protecting us from failure, if we exhibit perfectionist traits. It's amazing how false assumptions can restrict our lives and choices.17/07/2017 #39 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee#37 surely you are a born poet dear @Tausif Mundrawala. Yes we make false assumptions. It is onlt recently that science found the intricate relatioship between trees and fungi. Who knows if there is a hidden relationship between weeds and trees. Love the clarity with which you express yourself.17/07/2017 #37 Tausif MundrawalaSometimes we think that a weed like branch which had grown without our permission should be axed as soon as possible. But we may not know that the weed like branch would flourish one day and would become the rising star in the entire body of a tree. Getting rid of branches won't help because we may channelize our energy in trimming and manicuring it to look it's best. We don't know the fact that the most uncertain shapes and sizes of branches would make it an artist's delight when we see through through the lens of one. In the difficult time of grief which I am going through right now have allowed me to channelize my energy into more reading and reflecting on certain subjects and topics. Let these branches flourish to it's best level and allow it to bear fruits in future. Am glad that you shared this with us and am thankful for all your support, Sir @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee17/07/2017 #36 Jean L. Serio CPC, CeMAThank you Ali Anani for another thought-provoking post. This particular post reminds me that often people don't branch out because they feel comfortable in the position they're currently in. Perhaps this is not the best position for them, nor will it provide them the salary or benefits required to better support their family; nor stimulate passion or a sincere feeling of accomplishment. In short they generally fear 'branching out'.
An interesting article in Psychology Today, by Mary C. Lamia PhD - 'Why You Should Fear Failure' - Dr. Lamia states it succinctly - "Many of the professionally successful people I’ve studied—both procrastinators and non-procrastinators alike—tend to fear failure. Some of them worry that a fear of failure might jeopardize their careers, especially those who tend to procrastinate as well." Here's a link to the full article - http://bit.ly/2uv5ppI
- 17/07/2017my dear bees, i am back! i was craving to see all your lovely buzzes. after a brief hiatus, i wish to breathe with the delicious smell of honey which you all make.
- Producer12/07/20176. Realize your potential. The wonderful thing about potential is that it can build upon itself. If you can just get the snowball rolling, the energy of motion will take over.http://www.success.com/article/11-ways-to-attract-abundance-in-your-life...
Comments19/07/2017 #10 Laura Mikolaitis#9 Thanks, @Todd Jones! I don't know. The river and my back yard run a close second but yes, the 1000 Islands are definitely an ideal place to restore balance. The River is definitely calling and I will be there in August. I cannot wait to visit with family and spend the day at the River - and some time by the Lake at my brother's house.05/07/2017 #8 Laura Mikolaitis#7 Thanks @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher and thank you for sharing! It was a relaxing day and I was thankful to have some downtime - and for the opportunity to appreciate my surroundings. Life has been busy and filled with stress lately. Yesterday was a much needed nature's therapy day. It's shaping up to be another beautiful weather day here today too. Hoping to explore the gorge in another nearby town!
- Producer26/06/2017Embrace LifeThroughout my life, I have always been the quiet girl. The one that observes her surroundings before diving into the unknown that is before her. Some people have always found it strange how I was always so quiet, but others understood my reasons....
- Producer21/06/2017Three African Bees MeetThree African Bees sat around a table talking today. One is a brain surgeon, one a novelist, and one a banker. Three diverse people yet there we were, having a great conversation thanks to one unifying interest: beBee. Some time ago Ian...
Comments23/06/2017 #50 Ken BoddieAny tale that starts with "A neurosurgeon, an author and a banker walked into a restaurant .... " can't be half bad, Gert. After the bill came, there are no prizes for guessing who read it (@Paul Walters View moreAny tale that starts with "A neurosurgeon, an author and a banker walked into a restaurant .... " can't be half bad, Gert. After the bill came, there are no prizes for guessing who read it (@Paul Walters), who divided it meticulously into three parts (@Ian Weinberg), and who organised the fund transfers (@Gert Scholtz). 📖✂️💰 Close22/06/2017 #40 Gert Scholtz#24 @CityVP 🐝 Manjit Thank you Manjit for your thoughtful comments, of which I highlight: " In a fractal view of work, there can be a networked experience called beBee and it can become the glue that is a connector (and maybe even a liberator) of a hive of professional networks. "22/06/2017 #33 Gert Scholtz#9 @Lyon Brave Now that would be a good story Lyon - a banker over his head in debt - quite ironic too :). #8 @Deb 🐝 Helfrich Your line encapsulates it perfectly Deb:" beBee is definitely the social media leader for worldwide human-2- human, face-2-face meetings". Thanks.
Comments14/06/2017 #2 Nicole ChardenetIs that Strathroy? If so I know it well, I pass through it every time I drive to the States. I love big windmills, I know some think they're ugly but I'm okay with them...they're kinda weird and other-worldly...and a lot less ugly than utility & telephone wires. Seriously, people, haven't we figured out how to hide these centuries-old technologies?
- Producer08/06/2017Digital Dinosaur in English y en EspañolYup—I’m sort of a digital dinosaur when it comes to professional media. I found comfort and camaraderie when I read Joel Anderson’s...
Comments09/07/2017 #28 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#10 Likewise Harvey great thoughts. If we look for it, we will see tiny pockets of humanity in a state of flow. Not a state of flow but "humanity in a state of flow" and if I did not see this existence then I am only referencing hope. Instead my desire is to see an abundance of humanity, whereas humanity today is a scarcity.
As new generations evolve that see humanity as a natural emergence rather than an idealism, that is when the idea of renaissance can be applied. Nature in its emergent design is symbolic of a successful system, but it also carries designs which are counter to our idea of humanity, it did not ask us to build a City on the edge of a volcano, it's design includes a force that is destructive to life, but which is an instrument of creating new life. A volcanic eruption that is a part of the natural evolving nature is a part of the success of nature.
When we take carbon deposits which nature has successfully buried to preserve carbon dioxide levels, we begin to become our own worst enemies. It will also be beyond the mindset of coming generations who will look back at us as people who invested in selfish success and not holistic success. We will look like primitive thinkers or even children who failed to evolve as beings.
I don't think that climate change will reach a point of no return for humanity because the foolishness we see now will prompt an evolution in thinking with successive generations. Our collective legacy may serve in history to be a warning to future generations - just as the 20th Century served two warnings about the foolishness of global war. It is not a question of IF but WHEN there is societal transformation. Our greatest failure as a human race is history repeating itself - but now we can begin to really learn.10/06/2017 #26 Tausif MundrawalaI agree with you,Joyce. Here on beBee there are innumerable spanish and portuguese writers whose buzzes are exceptionally well written. All we have to do is to spend sometime on google translator but the time is worth spending. I am glad that you shared this buzz with us. Our beBee is getting better day by day.08/06/2017 #12 Irene 🐝 Rodriguez Escolar#6 Of course, me too. I translate English, Portuguese, and Italian if the sentences catch my attention, and I answer in their respective languages. I am looking forward to being able to use the novelties and that translator so as not to miss great articles.08/06/2017 #9 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#7 There is an upside and a downside to language translators. The upside is that it allows us to understand in English what others have written in another language, but the downside is that because it makes it easy to translate, it makes it less likely rather than more likely that one would take an interest in actually learning the translated language.
As I think in English and speak in English, right now I don't have the motivation to master a language and typically I am not very good learning languages including the language of my parents, so today I speak pigeon Punjabi. Then there are people like @Gert Scholtz who by being at beBee have been inspired to learn Spanish and he is beginning on this language journey or language challenge this year.
I did pay for Spanish classes when I was 20 and lasted only one class - no refund, just another reminder that my prior efforts to learn Italian and French all met the same end, never mind my ever so brief attempt to learn a computer language called COBOL. When it comes to languages, I have never possessed a stellar record of mastery.
I do try to see if I can pick up Spanish here at beBee but it is mostly futile, that part of my brain that should be helping me with mastering language does not seem to work.
- Producer22/05/2017Gumption to MoveIt all started with a text on a semi-nice weather day in late March. March 28th to be exact. I was hurrying around at home getting ready for another work day. It had officially been Spring for about a week, and I desperately needed to feel her...
Comments26/05/2017 #9 Laura Mikolaitis#8 Thanks, Deb. I wasn't ready for it to be that warm yet and now it is rainy and cool. I hate to admit it, but the weather does have an impact on my mood. I'm craving some sunshine right about now, but will enjoy this rainy vacation day as much as possible.
I love your referral to the "whisper inside all of us." We do have it and I suppose it is ignited by various things; nature being one of them. My favorite thing the past two mornings has been listening to the rain and birds sing together. It's a peaceful way to welcome the morning.
I hope you are acclimating to New England and that your transition to the east coast is going well. Thanks so much for stopping by my post and sharing your thoughts.24/05/2017 #8 Deb 🐝 Helfrich#7 Said 90 degree day threw me for an enormous loop de loop. @Laura Mikolaitis this post was a needed reminder to work a little each day, establish doable moments of pause and action, to keep summer from taking its toll on me. Because anyone wanting to do seminal research on reverse seasonal affective disorder simply has to message me.
The lunchtime walk and immersion in nature, in all its various incarnations, is exactly the sort of whisper inside all of us that will produce profound results. Most especially if we have a partner in wellness, so that we have reinforcements until the habit is self-perpetuating.23/05/2017 #6 Laura Mikolaitis#3 I agree @Pascal Derrien. On those days when I don't feel like, I have to push a little harder and work through the voice on my shoulder talking me out of it. Although, some days I do let myself rest; especially when I've put in 5 solid days of exercise. It really is the best medicine and the open road has definitely been my therapist through many life challenges the past few years. It's good to step away and to get out of your head for a bit. Things always seem better to me after that break, that's for sure.23/05/2017 #5 Laura Mikolaitis#2 @Jerry Fletcher, go for it! What have you got to lose? I find that some days it doesn't even have to be a long walk. Even a half hour away from things helps get me out of that blah cycle. I say do what works for you. You'll figure it out. It's just the first step that is often the hardest.23/05/2017 #4 Laura Mikolaitis@Aaron 🐝 Skogen, I hear you. This winter was a tough one for me. I got out when I could but certainly not as much as I would have liked. It was my winter of hibernation I suppose. Living in the country, going to the gym isn't necessarily a viable option for me. It's not even on my way home. The yoga studio is though so I may have to tap into that again this coming winter. I was in meetings until after 2:30 today so I didn't get my lunch time walk in and I notice the difference. It's all good though since I'll go tonight and recoup some of that mental clarity. Thanks so much for chiming in!23/05/2017 #3 Pascal DerrienI think it is important to build a routine within the day or at other times if not practical, I cycle more when it is not winter but I run outside all year round no matter what the weather like, now there are days are I don't feel like it but it is the best medicine in the end and I try not to listen to my thin excuses :-)22/05/2017 #1 Aaron 🐝 SkogenThis was like reading my own story @Laura Mikolaitis. Judging by the extra pounds I am carrying this spring, one would think I didn't get outside at all this past winter. Our winter was as bi-polar as yours. I logged more miles on my bike outside in February than I did in March and April. Crazy! In the end your spot on! Taking the time, midday to recharge through physical activity is great for the mind and body. Around lunch is my favorite time to ride. I typically have only so much time, yet making the most of it by pedaling the roads here is the best way I think to spend it. 13.7 miles at lunch today :-)
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