Relationships

  • The Vacation That Wasn’t

    Three years ago my primary client had a personnel change late in the spring.  Since summer was their busiest time of the year, I decided not to take vacation.  I wanted to be there for my new client to help him through the maze of processing and planning. That was a very bad idea. Without the refreshment that comes with dedicated family and relaxation time, I began to feel mentally drained.  I grew tired of the grind. Fortunately, as ...

    Posted at May 17, 2013 | By : | Categories : Body,Mind,Our Lives,Relationships,Spirit | 0 Comment
  • Pollen Storm

    Spring has arrived!  The season of flowers and tiny green leaf buds does not come slowly here, in North Carolina.  Instead, the pollen comes suddenly, with a layer of yellow blanketing the outside world within a day or two.  Cars often have a smeared rear window and everyone is low on windshield washer solution. I had to go out two ...

    Posted at April 26, 2013 | By : | Categories : Body,Mind,Our Lives,Relationships,Spirit | 0 Comment
  • Hierarchy of Needs

    We may all agree that there are different levels of needs in our lives.  It is likely that we take the most fundamental ones for granted, like air or potable water.  After that, there may not be a clear-cut way to rank our needs, but there are theories worth examining. In 1943, Abraham Maslow proposed a psychological theory that is now known as Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.  My introduction to this ...

    Posted at April 19, 2013 | By : | Categories : Body,Mind,Our Lives,Relationships,Spirit | 0 Comment
  • Five Minutes Can Change Everything

    I don’t know about you, but I rush from project to project and errand to errand.  When my husband and I run into someone we know out in public, it is my husband’s inclination to stop and talk.  “Anything else would be rude,” he says.  My inclination is to say a quick hello and move on.  I figure that the other person is probably in a hurry, also.  It is important to recognize what we are ...

    Posted at April 5, 2013 | By : | Categories : Our Lives,Relationships | 0 Comment
  • Life Is Not Fair

    Years ago my daughter invited a friend for a sleep-over.  The girl’s mother would not let her come because it wouldn’t be fair.  “Her brother doesn’t have anyone to sleep over tonight.”  Of course, fairness is nice, but requiring it is an impossible way to live.  After the failed sleep-over, I made it a point to say “life isn’t fair” at every appropriate moment to both of my kids.  I did not want them to ...

    Posted at March 29, 2013 | By : | Categories : Mind,Our Lives,Relationships,Spirit | 8 Comments
  • When Peace Comes

    Two weeks ago my family suffered a loss that was hard, though not unexpected.  Seven years after a diagnosis of dementia, my father-in-law peacefully slipped away with family at his side.  I had the privilege of being with him and would like to share some of my thoughts. Although Bob was never an entrepreneur, he was a successful business man – an insurance executive.  There was much to admire about his career.  He was always on ...

    Posted at March 22, 2013 | By : | Categories : Body,Mind,Our Lives,Relationships,Spirit | 2 Comments
  • Anticipate

    When I first became a mother, my own mom told me that I would need to be able to anticipate what our sweet girl might do next.  Would she reach for the stove?  Would she rub sand in her eyes?  My mother was a wise woman and her advice has served me well. There are times in life when keeping our eye on the kids, or whatever ball is bouncing around us, is not enough.  We need ...

    Posted at February 22, 2013 | By : | Categories : Mind,Our Lives,Relationships | 0 Comment
  • The Other Side of Discipline: Focused Waiting

     You will never see more focused waiting than dogs, sitting quietly, watching the hand that is about to feed them.  Of course, to do this, they have to have been trained well. Maybe humans need better training.  It can be hard to be patient, even if we know we will end up ...

    Posted at February 1, 2013 | By : | Categories : Body,Mind,Our Lives,Relationships,Spirit | 0 Comment
  • Business Travel 101 – For Spouses

    When I first entered the business world in 1977, the thought of business travel seemed exotic and thrilling.  Over the years, I’ve discovered that the non-business traveler in any family might have the same perception – whether related to entrepreneurs, small business owners or corporate management. Let me dispel that perception! My very first business trip, to attend IBM training classes, was…challenging.  Driving to the airport, a front wheel came off my car and bounced down the ...

    Posted at January 18, 2013 | By : | Categories : Our Lives,Relationships | 4 Comments
  • The Value Of Commitment

    There is no better time to talk about commitment than the week of my 25th wedding anniversary.  Love is not the only thing that has gotten us this far – commitment has played an essential role!  My relationship with my husband has grown and flourished over time because we invest ...

    Posted at January 4, 2013 | By : | Categories : Body,Mind,Our Lives,Relationships,Spirit | 0 Comment
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