Fabulous Friday is dedicated to Fabulous Females this week…yes Professor Satoshi Kanazawa even the ugly ones with too much testosterone (do we not have enough insecurity in the world – just asking).
Reviewing my blog post ramblings of past weeks, it made me think about what the word ‘Fabulous’ really means to me…
This week I was reminded that a phenomenal life or having a fabulous day is not about life being perfect – it’s about learning to succeed regardless of the mistakes we make or the barriers we sometimes have to face.
The dictionary defines Fab-u-lous as:
- almost impossible to believe; incredible.
- exceptionally good or unusual; marvelous;superb: a fabulous bargain; a fabulous new house
- told about in fables; purely imaginary: the fabulous exploits of Hercules.
Seeing the blessings when things don’t work out as you wish and being kind to others – even when they don’t make it easy to do so – that’s what I call Fabulous – ‘almost impossible to believe’
Picking yourself up and continuing to be part of the human race and turning what some might see as travesty into opportunity is a skill. I learnt this when I worked as a change management consultant and led a diversity network at a corporate organisation.
The difference between some people surviving in life and work was their ability to, adapt to change; see the world from someone else’s perspective; and their capacity to use their ‘emotional intelligence‘ (the way you feel + the way you think = what happens next) to make decisions
It’s a life long learning process and even though I’m certified as an Emotional Intelligence ‘Ability’ and ‘Trait’ practitioner and trained in change & transition management I still get it wrong. Life is not about theory – it’s about practice. However, what is useful, is having a blueprint to refer to, so you know how to recognise a pattern and correct it the next time a similar situation occurs.
Fabulous Fresh Eyes
I went to a ‘fabulous’ presentation at the Royal Geographical Society this week called ‘Digital Technology in Africa’ as part of their 21st Century Talks series. Much like Michelle’s Travel Thursday diary, it help me to see Africa with fresh eyes. They had a diverse panel including a gentleman they call the ‘Bill Gates’ of Africa – Herman Chinery-Hesse. It was an enlightening and inspiring talk. Some of my favourite sound-bytes from the evening were:
‘we are moving artificial borders with technology’.
‘learning how children learn, not how to teach them’
‘revenue split vs AID’
‘you can’t bribe a scanner’
‘I’m not a racist so anything is possible. People are not limited by skin colour – they are limited by access to opportunity.
Looking at the Phenomenal Healthstyle ‘Google Analytics’ report, reading
Travel Thursday writer Michelle‘s experiences as a British traveller (who happens to be black) around Africa; and seeing that people from Europe, USA, Africa and Asia read and return to this blog, reminds me of the ability of technology to help to break down barriers and engage on human shared experiences and values.
So…you are most probably saying, ‘Digital Technology in Africa’ and ‘Emotional Intelligence’ that’s very interesting but what has that got to do with ‘Fabulous Females’?
Well, nothing and everything – women often have traits of emotional intelligence (we don’t always use it effectively) and technology has the ability to shine a light on people (women) that may sometimes go unnoticed…like Polly Noble.Our Soulful Sunday writer Kehinde sent me an email highlighting Polly Noble.
What a Fabulous Phenomenal woman! After having faced cancer at the age of 24 and once again in February 2010 aged 28, Polly became passionate about making the most of life and helping others to do the same. Check out her site where she shares her health and well-being tips to heal herself naturally including some delicious looking free raw food recipes for you to try! (Might be worth checking out Tameka!)
Enjoy your weekend. What are you up to? Anything Fabulous?