So here I am in Stoccholm, Sweden, for an organization development conference. Tonight I slept at a friend, with whom I studied coaching/OD together in the last 1.5 years. In the program, we used to run together in the mornings, before the classes, so I asked her how about a run in the morning, as we used to do.
I was hesitating a lot to get up or to sleep. Last night I had only 5 h sleep, and now only 6h. Usually, I prioritize sleep first. But then, I woke up anyway, so it was not much effort anyway to get up.
And we had such a fascinating run together! She showed me downtown Stockholm, around the lake, the famous hall where the Nobel prize winners get their special celebration dinner, the city hall. This place just looks gorgeous.
During the run, we talked about POSE running, what it takes to learn it, challenges, advantages.
For breakfast, she had a powerful surprise for me.
On the program, I kept proactively asking the faculty to organize fruits and vegetables for the coffee breaks. Each time we had the next week of courses coming, a few weeks before I wrote them to please don't forget the fruits for the coffee breaks. As a result, we had fruits all the time, and we enjoyed it so much.
And funnily, people attending other programs in the same hotel/building were envy to us, how that we have fruits and they don't.
So, she remembered how much I like to have fruits, even when I'm travelling, and she bought this whole basket of fruits to have it for the breakfast when I'm here.
And I am just amazed, how this circle works. I work on changing myself, step-by-step. Others get inspired around me, slowly. And then, it comes back to me, they inspire me back.
My take away?
It does matter with whom I choose to get surrounded by. Since I run, I have friends who also happen to run, and put effort into living healthy.
Now both of us feel great and energized, and happy for this perfect start of the day.
Whom do you inspire around you?