Making Connections in a Disconnected World

Posted by on Aug 8, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Making Connections in a Disconnected World

“Technology lets us connect and interact with ease, increasing our points of contact and giving us access to a wide world of information. This is a good thing. But one downside of our highly technical world is that we may miss out on fully experiencing the world around us. Engrossed in gadgets and information, we become reactive, responding only to what is in front of us… What is lost is full, three-dimensional conversation…the time to really hear a message and comprehend the emotion behind it; the patience to reflect on how to respond so the other person understands you; the thoughtfulness...

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Seize the Day!

Posted by on Mar 6, 2017 in Blog | 2 comments

Seize the Day!

My mother used to say “Bad things come in 3’s.” When something bad would happen, we’d prepare for two more things to come and then we would relax. Not so this month! In the last two weeks, my community of friends and family has experienced a lot of loss – seven deaths, plus our dear Pastor leaving for another church. In the midst of all this loss, I’ve discovered a great deal of love and caring: people reaching out to others with kindness and appreciation; words of remembrance and encouragement on social media; lots of hugs, tears and laughter. With so...

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Do you see me? Do I matter?

Posted by on Feb 1, 2017 in Blog | 2 comments

Do you see me? Do I matter?

One of my favorite hobbies is people watching–at airports, in restaurants, in meetings, in stores, at parties–wherever people tend to gather. I watch to see how people interact with each other and the rest of the world. I watch them scurry about their over-scheduled lives. I watch which social media posts get the most attention-usually pictures and stories of children or pets or family celebrations. I watch people move through grief and joy, through beginnings and endings. As I’ve observed and listened, I’ve come to two conclusions: In a world full of increasing...

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Control What you Can

Posted by on Jan 25, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Control What you Can

How many times have you been hit with a curveball–a company re-org, merger or downsizing, unexpected health diagnosis, or a problem with your car or home? Life happens, and despite your well-laid plans, you can’t control other people or events. The only person you can manage is yourself. A few years ago, I checked in with a friend whose company was going through bankruptcy. I asked him how he was coping, and his response was, “I control what I can–my results, my relationships and my reactions.” He had no idea what was going to happen, so he chose to create value...

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Cleaning out Closets, Part 2–Workplace Closets

Posted by on Aug 17, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Cleaning out Closets, Part 2–Workplace Closets

When you move into a new house or apartment, everything is fresh, and you’re able to organize items that fit the space and are useful in your daily life. After a few years, you notice that the space has filled up with things that may be broken, forgotten or otherwise unusable. The same thing happens in workplaces. Over time, as customer requirements evolve, as process and technology improvements are made, as people and reporting structures change, the workplace soon becomes filled with stuff that no longer works, is inefficient, or requires “work-arounds”. Certain reports...

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Cleaning Out Closets, Part 1 – Personal Closets

Posted by on Aug 10, 2015 in Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Cleaning Out Closets, Part 1 – Personal Closets

Think about your clothes closet–do any of these statements apply to you? You can’t find a favorite shirt. Many items don’t fit anymore. Your closet’s so cluttered you can’t close the door, or you drape items over a piece of furniture. That expensive closet system is no longer efficient, because there’s too much stuff. You know you should get rid of items that are out of fashion, but they bring up great memories. You hang on to rarely worn items, because they cost a lot of money. There are many items you don’t wear because they need mending. Experts...

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