• Need Refreshment?

    August is half-gone.  For most of us, our energy level will be rising again soon.  In the South, students are beginning to return to college.  Public schools are gearing up.  Vacations are winding down.  Although people in other geographic locations are on a later schedule, we feel the impending arrival of a national mood change. Are you craving refreshment?  Before the crush and excitement of the fall returns, take some time.    Need a break in the action?  ...

    Posted at August 16, 2013 | By : | Categories : Body,Mind,Our Lives,Relationships,Spirit | 2 Comments
  • Know Yourself

    Whether working in our small businesses, or leading our non-business lives, we can become happier and more confident if we have a working knowledge of our selves.  No one is perfect, but we are all capable of improvement as we mature. It troubles me to hear people say, “You can be whatever you want to be.”  That is not true.  If we do not have good visual skills, we can improve them with training, but will ...

    Posted at August 9, 2013 | By : | Categories : Body,Mind,Our Lives,Relationships,Spirit | 0 Comment
  • Choose Reality, Not Fantasy

    Remember those election speeches in elementary school?   Some of the candidates for school office would promise whatever they thought it would take to get a vote.  Promises like more recess or ice cream every day.  Promises they would not have the power to fulfill.  The speaker may or may not have been living in a fantasy world – but those who gave their votes to someone making unrealistic promises definitely chose fantasy! 

    Posted at August 2, 2013 | By : | Categories : Mind,Our Lives,Relationships | 0 Comment
  • Does Your “No” Mean “No”?

    “No” is one of the most important words in the English language.  It guides us, warns us, and informs us.  Does your “no” mean “no”? Many years ago, a father wrote about his determination not to use the word “no” with his beloved children.  His rationale went something like this:  I do not want their tender spirits beaten down by the negative.  ...

    Posted at July 12, 2013 | By : | Categories : Mind,Our Lives,Relationships,Spirit | 0 Comment
  • Do You Hear What I Hear?

    A dear friend has rediscovered a world she had forgotten.  With the help of technology, she is now able to hear sounds that had gradually disappeared from her life.  Disease in early adulthood had stolen much of her hearing so subtly that she did not notice.  Now, she is amazed to hear her clocks tick and chime.  She did not need these sounds, but now she is enjoying them. We hear sounds all around us, even ...

    Posted at July 5, 2013 | By : | Categories : Body,Mind,Our Lives,Relationships,Spirit | 0 Comment
  • Moving In The Right Direction

    Training a dog had been our latest family adventure.  My husband and I have been fostering a dog that had been homeless.  Marilyn, our daughter, has two mature pups and has been a great resource.  The most important thing we have learned is that it is easier to get a dog to do what you want if you can get him to ...

    Posted at June 28, 2013 | By : | Categories : Mind,Our Lives,Relationships,Spirit | 3 Comments
  • Stopping To Help

    The traffic light turned yellow as I inched into the intersection, positioned to turn left once the line of oncoming rush-hour traffic finally stopped.  I watched the light turn, and then made my move.  As I pressed on the gas, the compact car at the front of the line suddenly accelerated to run the red light – hitting my turning car. Oh, ...

    Posted at June 21, 2013 | By : | Categories : Mind,Our Lives,Relationships,Spirit | 1 Comment
  • My Favorite Job Offer

    In early 1975, I received my very favorite job offer – one that has influenced the rest of my life.  My quiet, hard-working, entrepreneurial father called me and asked if I would be willing to move back to my home town and help him run the family business after I graduated from college that spring.  Baughan ...

    Posted at June 14, 2013 | By : | Categories : Our Lives,Relationships,Spirit | 2 Comments
  • The “Eyes” Have It

    When is the last time you looked someone directly “in the eye”?  As small business owners, we often look at a document, a computer screen, or a product – but not at another human being.  I use conference software to share my computer screen with others who are hundreds of miles away, working with clients I have never met in person.  Is this ...

    Posted at May 31, 2013 | By : | Categories : Our Lives,Relationships,Spirit | 0 Comment
  • Facing Facts

    When crisis comes, do you look it in the eye?  Can you recognize it for what it is? Shortly after September 11, 2001, a dear friend admitted that – after hearing the news – she climbed into bed and pulled the covers over her head.  I am sure she was not the only one who reacted that way. Identification and acceptance of reality is an important sign of good mental health.  This is particularly important when it ...

    Posted at May 24, 2013 | By : | Categories : Body,Mind,Our Lives,Relationships,Spirit | 0 Comment
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