Man’s best friend is celebrated on National Puppy Day on March 23. All the cutest and most adorable puppies are put in the spotlight and get the royal treatment on this day! I’m so grateful that they’ve allocated a day for this, because I know, unfortunately there are many dogs that are not living the life of a king as our Diesel is, seen here with his office security buddy Chesney.
The National Puppy Day was started in 2006 by Founder, Colleen Paige. Her mission is to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year. Colleen’s lifesaving mission to create holidays such as National Dog Day, National Cat Day and National Puppy Day, have not only helped to save millions of unwanted pets since 2004, but the social media buzz is practically palpable, with many of these these days consistently trending #1 worldwide on Twitter, as well as Google and Yahoo trends. While Colleen's holidays were born in the USA, they have now expanded internationally, celebrated in countries such as the U.K., Ireland, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Spain, Guam, Scotland and many more.
I have to wonder what would happen to numerous dogs if this hadn’t become her passion and her focus.
How many people in our own circle need to be “rescued”? Is there a feeling of overwhelm, loneliness, abandonment amongst those that we see regularly, but only glance at the outer level of them – and don’t take time to dig a bit deeper and ask them how they are doing?
A number of my clients have been drawn to this idea of connecting with their leaders, peers and direct reports and asking the question “How can I help”. When they show up with compassion and empathy the responses they are hearing are truly eye opening. Sometimes it’s asking for someone to listen, someone to give them a much needed break or someone to support them through a personally or professionally trying time. These conversations have allowed the professional relationship to develop into a much deeper and more meaningful level of trust and respect.
Once again, the world is facing a time of change. Re-entry into the traditional work environment is happening. Employers and employees are adjusting from their work at home (business on top – party on the bottom) routines and are now re-introducing child care, commuting and juggling personal tasks throughout the workday. A new level of resiliency is required.
I invite you to really step into the conversation with those around you. Inquiring how you can help and then supporting your friend, family member or colleague in a manner that will elevate them not only in that moment – but for the long haul. Make every day a “How can I help YOU” day – and embrace the difference you can make in the lives of others.